4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Roof With Spray Foam Insulation
Insulation usually isn’t at the forefront of people’s minds when they begin to consider home upgrades, but spray foam insulation has multiple pay-offs. If you want to make an investment in your home that will pay off, here are four reasons to upgrade your roof with spray foam insulation.
1. Spray Foam is an Excellent Insulator
First and foremost, spray foam is simply an excellent insulator. Due to the cellular structure of the foam, it’s extremely effective at keeping warmth in your home during winter and coolness in your home during summer.
For more specifics, the effectiveness of any insulation material can be expressed as an R-value. R-value is simply a quantifiable measurement of how much temperature protection insulation (or other building materials) provide.
The R-value of open-cell spray foam is around 3.5 per inch, and closed-cell spray foam boasts an R-value between 6 and 6.5 per inch.
In comparison, batting and roll insulation has an R-value between 3 and 3.5 per inch, which places it around or just below open-cell spray foam’s effectiveness. Loose-fill insulation has an R-value of 2 to 4 per inch, with the worst loose-fill being one-third as effective as the lowest-rated closed-cell spray foam.
2. Spray Foam Will Reduce Your Energy Costs
Second, the greater insulating capabilities of spray foam provide substantial savings on heating and cooling expenses. You can expect to save between 30 and 50 percent on your energy costs after spray foam is installed. Depending on how much you currently pay to heat and cool your home throughout the year, those savings could add up to a substantial amount over time.
For example, assume you spend an average of $100 per month to heat and cool your home. With spray foam insulation, this bill would be reduced by $30 to $50 each month. The savings would total $360 to $600 annually. Over the course of 30 years, which is how long spray foam can last, your savings could reach $10,800 to $18,000.
3. Spray Foam Deters Mold Growth
Third, spray foam not only protects against temperature variance but also blocks out moisture. Because it keeps moisture out of your home, the foam helps deter mold growth. Where there’s no excess moisture, mold likely won’t grow.
Spray foam’s moisture-blocking property makes the insulation particularly well suited for roofs and attics, where ventilation is sometimes minimal. Without an easy way to move excessively moist air out of your home’s attic, the best method for preventing mold growth is to block water from entering the attic in the first place.
4. Spray Foam May Help Sell Your Home
Fourth, new insulation is a less obvious upgrade that may help sell your home whenever you decide to move. While it might not be as eye-catching as new paint or a remodeled kitchen, spray foam insulation is a quality upgrade that has direct benefits for whoever purchases your house. As a result, it might make your house more attractive to prospective buyers.
By increasing the potential desirability of your home, spray foam could have two effects when you go to sell your home. Not only could it make people more interested in your home and help the house sell faster, but it also may get you a higher selling price. If someone is willing to pay more on account of the upgrade, you’ll reap a return on the initial cost of installing the foam.
In order to realize either or both of these benefits, make sure your real estate agent tells any prospective buyers that spray foam insulation has been recently added to the roof. Buyers might not realize you made the upgrade otherwise.
If you want spray foam insulation for your home’s roof, contact Foam Experts Co.