When you walk along the beach in the springtime and see house boats lining the water, the idea looks pretty tempting. Floating along on the water as you brew your morning coffee, eat breakfast and enjoy a good book is appealing to most anyone. When winter comes, however, life in a houseboat is a little more complicated. Made from metal and glass, house boats are not naturally the picture of warmth in the winter -- but using polyurethane spray foam insulation can help.
Those who dwell in their house boats year-round must take extra steps to make them comfortable. The key to a cozy house boat is adding insulation -- plenty of it, and the right type. Spray foam is the insulating material of choice for house boats, not only because a thin layer offers more thermal resistance than a thicker layer of conventional insulation, but also because it is resistant to moisture. Spray foam prevents condensation from forming along the boat's walls, leaving these homes less prone to mold and mildew.
Of course, in order to remain comfortable in the cold, a house boat must also have a suitable central heating system. The glass windows usually found on the upper levels of these boats are great for letting in solar heat, but make sure they're also well-sealed to let cold air in, too. The lower levels of boats tend to stay warmer than the upper decks at night time, thanks to being surrounded by spray foam. Consider creating a cozy living room in the lower level, so you have somewhere you have a go-to warm place in the winter.
Spray foam is not just a solution for homes -- it's perfect for house boats, commercial buildings and more. Learn more about polyurethane spray foam insulation and its many uses on NCFI's website.