To answer this question, let’s start at the very beginning: as you may already be aware, sprayfoam is alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation. This expandable, foam substance can be sprayed into existing wall cavities or onto concrete slabs and roof tiles.
Sprayfoam is generally available in two different options: open-cell spray foam, which is usually $0.44 to $0.65 per board foot and closed-cell spray foam which is about $0.70 to $1 per board foot, according to recent data provided on HomeAdvisor.com.
Typically, the average cost to have sprayfoam professionally installed is about $1,794, the HomeAdvisor data states. Of course, this number can fluctuate or vary depending on whether the building or home being insulated is a new structure or old one.
What are the types of sprayfoam insulation?
· Open-Cell Spray Foam
Open-cell is the least expensive option because its formula does not require a major amount of chemicals. The open-cell makeup of this foam makes it a solid and efficient air barrier. And while it does not provide any type of water-vapor barrier, it does provide sound reduction. This is due to its ability to decrease the movement and vibration of any existing insulation in the home. Sponge-like in appearance, open-cell’s inability to prevent water vapor does not make it friendly for outdoor applications.
· Closed-Cell Spray Foam
Closed-cell is much denser than open-cell. With closed-cell, the cell structure is smaller and more compact, thus allowing it to create a prominent air barrier and a good water vapor barrier. Typically used for roofing projects or other outdoor applications, closed-cell also can be used anywhere inside a building or home.
Weighing the Benefits
It’s important to understand that there is a dramatic cost difference when it comes to using spray foam to insulate a new versus older home.
Spraying foam insulation inside a newly constructed home is much easier in some cases because the contractor can work with the construction crew to design a home in a way that will offset costs.
However, installing spray foam in older homes that contain existing, traditional insulation can take more time and hike the price up. Why? Because in many cases it can be harder to access the areas where the product needs to be sprayed.
The bottom line: if you need to reinstall insulation in your existing home, it’s critical to carefully weigh the price of sprayfoam insulation against the challenges of installation.
If you’re still uncertain about installing spray foam insulation, Energy Star has a map that recommends levels of insulation by R-value and cost-effectiveness in the United States.
Sprayfoam insulation and roofing contractors need basic, yet essential, equipment in order to complete their spray foam projects and keep their job sites running smoothly. These various pieces of sprayfoam equipment each play a vital role in the process, which involves a progression that starts with storing the separate substances, goes through the dispensing and mixing stages, and then ends with the application itself.
Having extensive product lines from multiple manufacturers has given us valuable experience to provide the expert service that our customers have come to know and trust. From spray foam insulation guns and proportioners to pumps, heating blankets and everything in between, Intech Equipment and Supply is your one stop shop.