Spray foam insulation and cellulose insulation are two popular types of insulation that you may install in your home. It is important to know the differences so you know which to choose for your house. Part one of this series went through durability, environmental impact, and installation. Here are three more things to consider with insulation: differences of spray foam insulation and cellulose insulation
The cost of the insulation you are installing is important, and it is good to know what your budget is. If you have a lower budget, cellulose might be a better option for you. However, if you are wanting to save money on your insulation in the long run, spray foam insulation would be the better option. Spray foam insulation can be an excellent investment for you because it will save you money. Spray foam insulation will last a long time and is more durable than other types of insulation, so you will have to replace it less often. Another way spray foam insulation will save you money is that it can help lower your heating and cooling bills since it seals in well and has a high R-value.
The safety of the insulation you are installing is important to consider. Cellulose insulation is a very safe insulation choice because of the material used. Cellulose insulation uses recycled newspapers which is a material that causes little harm. Even bugs and critters may use the material to make nests because it is often non-toxic. However, we do not want critters making nests in our insulation, so cellulose insulation is often treated to deter them. Cellulose insulation is also treated to make it fire-resistant. Spray foam insulation can have some safety concerns if not taken care of properly. Spray foam insulation is more flammable than cellulose. Also, it can be toxic if not installed properly. However, spray foam insulation can help increase the air quality in your home. It creates a barrier between inside and outside so things like pollen and allergens do not get inside your home as easily, thus helping your home’s air quality.
The R-value of the insulation on your home is important. This is also known as thermal resistance. Spray foam insulation tends to have a higher R-value because it fills up the space well and seals up any gaps. Cellulose has a lower R-value because it does not keep heat in as well due to it not sealing up as well as spray foam insulation.
The insulation of your home is important because it helps keep your home in comfortable conditions year-round. It is important to consider the cost, the safety, and the R-value of the insulation you choose for your home. Spray foam insulation and cellulose insulation are two excellent choices for insulation. Contact a local insulation company to help with the installation of insulation. Century Insulation in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, can help with all your insulation needs. Book an appointment with us today!