Choosing The Right Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation can be used in a variety of ways. It is a versatile product that can be used to add insulation throughout your house. But, you will need different types of spray foam depending on what you are insulating. The most common and convenient spray foam can be bought over the counter at most home improvement stores. It comes in small pressurized bottles. For larger jobs, you can buy a mixture of insulation that can then be sprayed using a compressor gun. This article explains when you should use the cans and when a compressor is more practical.

Insulating Drywall with Compressor

For insulating full walls that are lined with drywall, you will need to use a compressor with insulation mixture. The mixture is simple to make by just adding water and stirring it. You can apply large amounts of foam insulation for much cheaper than cans. Of course, you will need to invest in a gun and compressor system. Most customers end up just renting one. Spray foam allows you to add insulation to a wall that is already framed, drywalled and textured. You can just screw a small hole into the wall and spray the foam into the cavity between each stud. This is still a time consuming project because you need to fill in between each stud (which are traditionally 16" apart). This is much cheaper and quicker than removing the drywall and adding fiberglass insulation.

Insulating Smaller Spaces with Cans

Spray cans are much better for insulating smaller spaces. It is perfect for adding insulation to the casing around a window or door fixture. There is usually a small gap between the fixture frame and studs. This space is small, but it can leak air through the molding if it is not insulated. Spray foam is also often used to insulate the space between washing machines and the kitchen cabinets. This prevents the heat created by the washing machine from ruining the nearby cabinet. At the same time it prevents shaking and stabilizes the unit. Many HVAC professionals use spray foam to insulate and secure the gap between the ducts and the wall. This is an area where air can leak, so it is a great way to improve the efficiency of your HVAC.

You might find many more basic household uses of spray foam insulation. The cans are expensive and they run out quite quickly, so use a mixture for larger projects. To learn more, speak with a business like Energy Home Insulation Inc.