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Our weather in Utica, NY area seems to cover both ends of the spectrum, being cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer. Keeping your home comfortable is easier when you upgrade your home’s thermal barrier with spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation has unique advantages over traditional insulation, because it seals out drafts and can provide sound reduction. And because of its moisture control qualities, spray foam is a common basement insulation solution around rim joists.
What Is Spray Foam?
Two types of spray foam insulation exist: open-cell and closed-cell. Fred F. Collis & Sons installs closed cell, or high-density, spray foam insulation, which is extremely durable and is applied using low pressure spray equipment. This low pressure spray foam is safer for your family — and our technicians — because it produces fewer fumes. The thermal resistance, or R-value, of spray foam is about R-6 to R-8, which is much higher compared to fiberglass batts which are only about R-3 per inch.
Air Sealing & Insulation Together
Spray foam insulation is made by blending two solutions using specialized equipment. When it is applied in liquid form, it quickly expands — up to 100 times its original size — and dries to a hard foam material. The expanding spray foam automatically fills cavities, crevices and gaps to air seal, as well as insulate, wherever it is applied. Your home in the Rome, NY area likely contains many gaps and cracks in its building envelope of attic, walls and basement. Outside air can easily move in and out through these gaps, carrying moisture, heat and pollutants with it. Air sealing these cracks will stop this pollutant infiltration and help to improve your home’s comfort, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.
Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation offers excellent benefits beyond its superior insulation qualities, including:
Effective moisture barrier — Spray foam blocks moisture infiltration, which reduces the potential for mold and mildew growth. This is one of the reasons we recommend spray foam for basement insulation.
Air sealing — Spray foam is often used before applying blown-in cellulose insulation to close up holes and cracks and provide an effective air barrier.
Noise reduction — The air bubbles in the foam act to reduce sound transmission for a quieter home.
Stronger walls — When the spray foam hardens, it creates a dense coating that can help to reinforce the structures where it is applied.
Professional Foam Insulation Application
Spray foam insulation is a great option for insulating your upstate New York home, but it should be applied by a certified professional, like the expert spray foam team at Fred F. Collis & Sons. Due to the nature of spray foam insulation, it needs to be carefully mixed and applied by one of our trained spray foam technicians, who has experience with proper application techniques and necessary safety precautions. Spray foam will only provide effective home insulation when it’s installed correctly and completely. With our years of experience helping your neighbors save money and energy with spray foam, you can count on the insulation pros at Fred F. Collis & Sons.
Start with a Home Energy Audit
The BPI professionals at Fred F. Collis & Sons start each insulation project with a comprehensive home energy audit, using specialized equipment to map out where your home needs insulation improvement. Once we’ve conducted blower door testing and thermal infrared imaging, we’ll know exactly where your home is losing heat through air leakage or inadequate insulation. We’ll also conduct safety checks for gas leakage and carbon monoxide (CO) levels. Once the data is collected, we’ll provide you with a detailed report on your home anong with recommendations for the best ways to improve your home’s efficiency and comfort.