The insulation of your home is important and the type of insulation you choose can be a big decision. There are a lot of factors to consider. This blog series will compare spray foam insulation and cellulose insulation to help you get a better idea of what works for you best. Here are the first three things to consider: What are the differences of spray foam insulation and cellulose insulation
The durability is important for your insulation, especially if you are planning for it to last a long time. Cellulose insulation can last 20 years to 30 years. However, if it gets wet, this may limit how long it lasts. A little moisture is okay because it can dry up, but a lot of moisture can damage the insulation and it may need to be replaced. For spray foam insulation, it is very durable. Spray foam insulation can last 30+ years. It also is okay if it gets wet and does not become damaged or need replacing when wet. Spray foam insulation tends to be the more durable type of insulation.
When looking at insulation options, the environmental impact may be a factor that is important to you. Cellulose insulation is often seen as the greenest or one of the greenest insulation materials. This is due to it being made from recycled green materials. Spray foam insulation tends to be less environmentally friendly. It can be toxic in certain conditions, but that should not be an issue if sealed into the wall properly.
The installation process is similar between spray foam and cellulose but still different. Cellulose insulation is installed by blowing in loose particles to fill the space. It can be installed through a small access hole, so your wall does not need to be taken apart as much as if you were to install fiberglass insulation. For spray foam insulation, the material is sprayed into the area, and when the chemicals mix, the material expands to fill the whole area filling the holes and gaps. The spray foam then hardens and becomes more stable. Spray foam insulation can be installed through a small access hole too. Both insulation are best if you hire a local insulation contractor to help with the installation process.
There are many factors of insulation and it is important to get insulation that meets your specifications. Spray foam insulation and cellulose insulation have different durability, environmental impacts, and installation processes. Part two of this blog will go through three more aspects of insulation. If you are looking for a local insulation contractor, contact Century Insulation in Osseo, Minnesota. We would love to help with your project today!