Advantages of Using SPF Insulation and the Equipment Needed|Advantages of Using SPF Insulation and the Equipment Needed

By Kevin Malone

Spray foam insulation has profoundly impacted the way contractors build, maintain, and protect structures. Offering a diverse range of uses that apply to residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, spray foam has become an industry-standard in modern construction. Ever since Fred Gusmer made the first dedicated spray foam machine in 1963, buildings around the world have reaped the benefits of this powerful material.

Initially, spray foam's higher upfront cost made it a luxurious option that was not well known. Fiberglass was the common go-to insulator for buildings. However, the energy crisis of the 1970s caused contractors to rethink insulation methods. Customers demanded more energy-efficient buildings while contractors desired faster and easier insulation methods.

Spray foam addressed both of these needs, causing spray foam's popularity to skyrocket. Since the 1980s, this material has been the most popular insulation method for both residential and commercial projects. So what are the other advantages of using spray foam equipment and what do you need to apply it?

Spray Foam Is Easy to Install

When it comes to construction costs, the initial cost of spray foam insulation equipment and materials is not the only factor to consider. Quick and easy installation can reduce labor hours and ease the overall cost of a job. Spray foam's popularity is largely due to its ease of installation. After the contractor gets past the learning curve of using a spray foam insulation sprayer, the application process is straightforward.

Spray foam cures quickly and expands to become a strong, air-tight, and safe type of insulation that can go in crawl spaces, attics, basements, walls, roofing, and more. Also, the installation process is not intrusive, and can usually just go over the desired surface without complicated tear downs and reconstruction. For further assistance, there is spray foam equipment that helps contractors successfully apply foam any time of the year and even in hard-to-reach places.

Spray Foam Gets Rid of Drafts

Did you know that homes can lose between $200 and $400 annually from drafts? Buildings insulated with spray foam are significantly more energy-efficient than homes with other types of insulation like fiberglass. When spray foam cures, it creates an air-tight seal to lock in the comfortable air that your HVAC works hard to produce.

Spray foam sticks to every surface while other types of insulation cannot, so this airtightness is unique. The results are comfortable interior temperatures with fewer fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Using less energy does not just save you money and keep a building comfortable, but it also reduces your carbon footprint.

Spray Foam Is a Strong Moisture Barrier

When spray foam cures, it expands to fill out tiny spaces that other insulation misses. Since the material is waterproof, when it coats places like attics, pipes, and vents, you avoid common problems like moldy spots from water leakage. This waterproof nature makes spray foam a valuable asset in commercial roofing and other structural fortification needs.

It Reduces Indoor Allergens

If you have concerns about allergies from dust, pollen, and mildew, then spray foam can help alleviate your symptoms. Spray foam insulation minimizes indoor allergens by blocking their entrance through walls. Though many people think that dust and pollen come through windows, they actually enter buildings through the walls.

When you install spray foam in the walls, you establish a strong, air-tight barrier that blocks allergens from creeping into your home. This also repels common wall pests like rodents and insects that can also leave their droppings behind and cause respiratory problems.

It Makes a Home Quieter

If you ever wondered if there was a way to block out the sound of road traffic and loud neighborhood parties, then reinforcing your walls and attic with spray foam insulation can help. Since spray foam fills in the nooks and crannies of any surface, it can absorb sound waves to soundproof your walls. This is one of the best-kept secrets of those ultra-quiet hotel rooms and high-end condos that feel like private escapes.

Spray Foam Lasts a Long Time

Properly installed spray foam does not deteriorate. It will last as long as your home is standing. While other types of insulation can last up to 80 years or more, spray foam is the only type of material that can last indefinitely.

It Strengthens Buildings

If you live in a storm-prone zone or just want more confidence in a building's strength, then spray foam insulation will fortify any building. Since it already blocks out sound, air, and water, it makes sense that its cured state can also strengthen walls, ceilings, attics, and basements. Consider it a coat of internal armor that your home wears within its components.

Spray Foam Insulation Equipment for Sale at Intech Equipment & Supply

Intech Equipment and Supply is a leading supplier of top spray foam equipment brands like Graco, PMC, and Carlisle. Our store has the experts and inventory that makes us a cut above the competition. Since each contractor's needs are different, our team of experts can customize a rig or equipment package with solutions that work for you.

We are proud to offer the latest spray foam insulation technology for all your contracting needs, big or small. If you are interested in buying spray foam insulation sprayers, speak with our sales team today. Also, take advantage of our convenient financing options. For more information, check out our financing calculator.

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About Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone is a leading expert in the spray foam insulation industry with 34 years of experience in spray foam fluid handling and a passion for innovation. He currently offers his extensive knowledge to Intech Equipment and Supply customers by supporting them in selecting quality spray foam equipment to optimize their business. Learn more about Kevin here.


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