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What Architects Should Know About Spray Foam

Posted by Becky Eades

Jul 15, 2015 2:31:00 PM

When you're designing plans for a home or commercial building, it's important to strongly consider using spray foam as your preferred insulating material. As an architect, here are the facts you need to know about this sustainable, affordable, and versatile material.



Spray foam has a high R-value.

This means that you need a thinner layer of it to supply the same insulating effects as a thicker layer of fiberglass insulation. If you want to build thinner walls or leave smaller spaces in attics or crawl spaces, using spray foam allows you to do so while still providing adequate insulation.

Spray foam will lower the building's energy demands.

It forms an air-tight seal around the home, so chilly air does not leak in during the winter, and warm air stays outside during the summer. As a result, heating and cooling costs will be lower in a building insulated with spray foam. This can help your building qualify for energy-efficiency programs and meet building codes for sustainability.

Spray foam does more than just insulate.

It also helps keep moisture out of structures. This reduces the risk of mold growth, which makes buildings insulated with spray foam healthier places to live and work.

Spray foam is self-flashing.

It seals itself to pipes and walls, so you don't have to go through two separate steps of applying flashing and then installing batt insulation.

In the long run, spray foam lowers building costs.

When planning construction, if you take into account the additional materials and labor that choosing spray foam eliminates, you'll often find that buildings can be designed more cost-effectively with spray foam than with traditional insulation.

Keep spray foam in mind as you're planning construction projects. Contact NCFI Polyurethanes to learn more about this innovative material.

Topics: Energy Efficiency