Spray Foam Insulation West Virginia
Spray foam insulation is the newest and most effective insulation technology today. West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation is proud to offer the best of this product to our friends and neighbors here in West Virginia.
The stunning mountains, lush river valleys, and famous country roads of West Virginia make it one of the most beautiful states in the Union. Its subtropical climate and above-average rainfall mean humid summers, while winters can be quite chilly, depending on elevation in America's most mountainous state.
Insulating your West Virginia home or business is critical for your health, comfort, controlling your energy use, and helping your budget. One particular concern in West Virginia is the humid climate. Moisture can cause significant damage to traditional insulation materials, and eventually, your structure.
The best insulation for West Virginia will protect against moisture from condensation and the elements, block airflow, and serve as a vapor barrier. These are all crucial considerations for insulating your West Virginia home or business.
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Traditional Insulation Materials
If you live in an older house, it is likely insulated with fiberglass batt insulation since it can be found in 85% of American homes. In its day, fiberglass was the newest and best insulation technology in West Virginia. However, it does have some significant drawbacks.
A critical but often ignored issue with fiberglass insulation is that it has a useful lifespan of only about 25 years. That means, if your West Virginia home is older than 25 years and uses fiberglass insulation, it's time to perform any needed maintenance. The thought of the work involved in doing this can be very daunting, and it is an extremely messy project.
Another problem with this older technology is that it lacks all of the qualities we listed above for best protection against moisture like humidity. In fact, if fiberglass insulation in your West Virginia home or business becomes wet for any reason, it must be replaced. The potential for mold can compound the loss of its insulating qualities.
Produced by grinding recycled paper and wood into tiny particles, cellulose performs similar to fiberglass. Like fiberglass, cellulose can shift over time, causing uneven coverage and requiring maintenance.
The fine particles will often find their way into your living space through cracks and gaps like those around electrical outlets, plumbing, and windows. This creates a dust problem and is a potential health hazard.
As with fiberglass, cellulose insulation will not provide protection against moisture and the humid climate found in West Virginia.
Spray Foam Insulation
Created by combining a polyurethane polymer with a blowing agent like water, along with fire and insect resistant compounds. This liquid material is applied by professionally trained and certified spray foam insulation installers using specialized equipment.
As it is applied, spray foam insulation begins to expand, filling every void until it is fully cured in about 24 hours. Spray foam insulation will bond with the structure to fill even the smallest openings sealing your home or business in West Virginia against the elements.
The efficiency of any insulation is measured by its R-value, indicating its ability to resist the transfer of conditioned air. A higher number indicates better efficiency for insulating your West Virginia home.
Both fiberglass and cellulose insulation have an R-value of approximately 2.3 per inch. It will take about 13 inches of material to reach the recommended R-value of 30 for walls.
The R-value of spray foam insulation in West Virginia ranges from 3.5 to 7 per inch depending on the formulation (we will explain this shortly). These numbers indicate that spray foam insulation can provide an R-value of 30 with between 4.5 and 8.5 inches of material.
When you consider the significant difference in R-value, along with the ability of spray foam insulation in West Virginia to block airflow and serve as a moisture and vapor barrier, the clear winner for best insulation material is spray foam insulation in West Virginia.
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The Two Types of Spray Foam Insulation
We mentioned the R-value difference, but there are other significant differences between open cell spray foam insulation and closed cell spray foam insulation.
Open Cell Spray Foam
Made with a slightly different formulation than closed cell spray foam (which we will discuss next) open cell spray foam is a more lightweight and bulkier material. As this material cures, tiny bubbles form and expand until they burst open, resulting in a sponge-like product. Open cell spray foam allows the building to breathe, preventing condensation. However, because of its physical properties, open cell spray foam is best suited for interior walls.
For the same reason, open cell spray foam has the lower R-value of the two spray foam options, at 3.5 per inch. While open cell spray foam is a suitable barrier to airflow, it is not a moisture or vapor barrier. But, it is a significant obstacle to the transmission of sound. West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation recommends this open cell spray foam insulation for soundproofing in your West Virginia home or business.
Many of our customers are choosing open cell spray foam insulation for soundproofing different areas in their West Virginia home or business. Here are a few of the typical applications:
Also, because open cell spray foam is a bulkier material, it takes less of it to fill any given space. Depending on the specifics of your project, this fact can be an important budgetary consideration. West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation will gladly evaluate this option with you.
Closed Cell Spray Foam
This formula results in a more robust, dense, and rigid material, more like plastic than a sponge. It is applied in the same way as open cell spray foam insulation, but the forming bubbles do not burst as it cures. Closed cell spray foam is strong enough for light structural applications and can be formed into decorative elements.
Because this closed cell formulation is so dense, it has a higher R-value of 7 per inch. Also, the aggressive bond this rigid material creates with your structure can add up to 30% to its strength.
Air, Moisture, and Vapor Barrier
As we mentioned, these three properties are critical for any insulation to provide optimum protection. Closed cell spray foam, installed by West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation, creates an impervious barrier against all of these issues.
Notably, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated closed cell spray foam as a flood-resistant material.
About DIY Spray Foam Insulation
The idea of a DIY spray foam project may seem like a good choice to save some money. However, mishandling or improper application of these materials can lead to disastrous consequences for someone who is not adequately trained.
While spray foam insulation is entirely safe and non-toxic when fully cured, the raw components are highly toxic and must be appropriately handled for safety. If the materials are not correctly mixed and applied, the mixture will fail to cure, creating a toxic condition of continuous off-gassing.
The entire application will need to be professionally removed and mitigated before you can have it reapplied by a trained and certified spray foam insulation installer. This could potentially more than double your cost had a professional application been done in the first place.
While spray foam insulation in West Virginia is more expensive than fiberglass and cellulose, it provides savings and protection far beyond what these other materials are capable of.
Because of its robust structure and superior insulating qualities, spray foam insulation will have a welcome impact on your energy bills. Most West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation customers say that they recoup the initial expense in about seven years. And, since spray foam insulation in West Virginia will last for the life of your structure, it is all money in your pocket from then on.
Your Best Choice
Of all the insulation contractors in West Virginia, West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation is the best, and we are the first choice of all savvy buyers. Our commitment to providing only the best in products and service for every client guarantees your satisfaction.
Don't spend another summer sweltering or another winter shivering in your West Virginia home or business. Contact one of our friendly customer service professionals today to discuss your concerns and explore your options.
Once you are informed and comfortable with your choice, West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation will provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.
West Virginia Spray Foam Insulation is always glad to hear from our friends and neighbors; we look forward to meeting every one of you. Why not make that call today, and find out just how affordable a more comfortable and sustainable environment in your West Virginia home or business can be. Call us at 304-758-9493 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org today.