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Spray Poly Can Make Historic Homes More Liveable

Posted by Becky Eades

Nov 25, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Historic homes are beautiful, elegant and intriguing. Unfortunately, their owners also get to experience the downside of owning an old home -- drafts and chilly temperatures. Finally, there is a way to fix this problem without damaging the historic features and authenticity of the home. Polyurethane spray foam insulation is the solution.


Heating bills in older homes can be daunting. Some homeowners pay up to $500 or more per month just to keep their homes at comfortable temperatures during the winter months. This can quickly turn a buyer from proud to remorseful. As a contractor, you'll want to be able to offer new homeowners like these viable options to cut their bills and live more comfortably. No, they don't need to turn the temperature down to 50 F just to make their payments affordable -- they simply need to choose spray foam insulation.

There are several benefits to using polyurethane spray foam insulation in older homes, and you'll want to discuss these with your customers up front:

  • Spray foam offers a higher R value than other insulation options, which means it provides a greater insulating effect per-inch.
  • Spray foam insulation fills in nooks and crannies, reducing the draftiness that is so common in older homes.
  • Mold is a common problem in leaky historic houses. Spray foam provides a moisture barrier so you don't have to worry so much.
  • Applying spray foam actually provides strength and durability to older homes. Though it is light, it adds support to walls, making buildings more likely to withstand earthquakes and high winds.

Although it is an investment up-front, spray foam insulation can save your clients hundreds of dollars a month on heating bills. If you are interested in learning more, contact NCFI and ask about our spray foam applicator training programs.

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Spray Polyurethane, NCFI