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Why Polyurethane Foam-In-Place Protection?

Polyurethane foam has a well-documented record as an outstanding insulation product. Not only does it add structural integrity by its adhesion to most materials, it is unequaled in insulation quality. No other insulation material has such a favorable R value. These are the reasons why polyurethane foam is selected for refrigerators, freezers and hot water heaters. During application, the polyurethane foam expands to fill all cracks and voids to form a seal that eliminates leaks around studs, windows, sills, door frames and penetrations for plumbing and electrical supply. An additional benefit from sealing the cracks and crevices is the elimination of passageways for unwanted house guests in the form of insects.

Nor only will your home stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, there will be energy savings as well. The National Energy Laboratories report "air infiltration wastes 40% of the heating and cooling dollar." The U.S. Department of Energy states, "Many air leaks are indirect. Air penetrates the shell in one location, flows through building cavities and emerges at a different location."

Problem Areas

The average house is riddled with leaks. Each gap, joint and break in a surface is an opportunity for air to infiltrate. Studies have found that throughout a typical house, the area of all leaks combined is equivalent to a wide open door. Another study by the Florida Energy Center shows air infiltration responsible for 28% energy costs. Clearly, any opening in the structure directly impacts the energy budget.

 
"R" value is the resistance of an insulation product to heat flow. The higher the "R" value, the greater the insulating capability

Compare the following "R" values:

Spray Polyurethane Foam R 6.6
Extruded Polystyrene Foam R 5.0
Expanded Polystyrene Foam R 3.85-4.35
Dry Fiberglass Batts R 3.0
Dry Mineral Wool Batts R 3.0
Dry Mineral Loose Fill R 3.0
(Based on 1" thickness.   As with all insulating materials, the "R" value will vary with age and use conditions.)  

 

The quantity of insulation per application will vary depending on the climate where the building is located in addition, the size and configuration of the building will govern the amount of insulation.

Home comfort and lower utility bills do not directly relate to wall thickness. Commercial airplanes routinely fly at altitudes where the exterior air temperature is -30 F but maintain a comfortable cabin due to the urethane foam insulation and sealer. Eskimos, too, are able to withstand the harsh arctic climate with the warmth of a single candle because of tightly sealed igloos.

Along with air infiltration, humidity adversely affects home comfort. Moisture moves from an area of high concentration to one of low concentration. An unsealed building will have moisture continuously pumping through the walls. It's a common misconception that a building needs to "breathe". A breathing building is a leaking building. ASTM tests have demonstrated that moisture will move freely through fiberglass. and with moisture present, their tests show a 50% drop in the fiberglass insulating effectiveness. As a result, an Rig wall is actually performing like an R-9.5. By first sealing the walls with a urethane spray insulation, the wall is totally sealed to moisture and air infiltration. This seal delivers the actual R value expected.

The Air Tight Seal Perimeter Wall insulation System provides the sealing against air infiltration and moisture that other insulating materials can't. By its very nature, Air Tight Seal flows into cracks, corners and gaps and fills them, remaining fully adhered, nor sagging or shifting with age. Air Tight Seal  helps maintain a comfortable living environment and is beneficial to the environment at large as less energy is required by the home.

 

Features And Benefits Of Air Tight Seal Perimeter Insulation

  • Stops Air Infiltration
    Spray polyurethane foam minimizes air flow
    Helps eliminate drafts and provides for comfortable. even hear
    Provides better humidity control
  • High insulation Value
    The best R value per inch of any insulation allows more insulation in a tighter space, saving money in reduced lumber costs
    SPF performs in hot as well as cold temperatures
  • Moisture Resistant
    Stops moisture driven elements due to its solid nature and sealability
    With proper ventilation, will dry with minimal insulation value loss
  • Spray Applied
    Seals cracks and crevices
    Insulates hard to reach areas
    Quick, easy application by professionals
    Provides a seamless layer of insulation
  • Rigid
    Will not settle
    Adds structural strength
    Solid material stops air leakage and inhibits air infiltration
    Solid nature inhibits insect penetration
    Seals cracks from unwanted gas and odor penetration
  • Light Weight
    Does not sag
    High degree of strength to weight ratio
    Adds very little weight to ceiling or roof areas
  • Excellent Adhesion
    Does not need fasteners to hold in place
    Adheres to wood, metal, plastic and various other materials
  • Code Approved
    Meets building code requirements and is accepted nationwide  

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Benefits of SPF Insulation Air Barrier

 
  1. Better Air Quality

  2. Energy Savings

  3. Helps with Allergies & Mold

  4. Very little temperature increase if you lose power in the summer

  5. Insulates your water pipes if freezing temperatures come

  6. Your attic is insulated and keeps a nice temperature

  7. Water barrier under the roof decking

  8. Less germs & viruses with the HEPA Filtration system and a UV Sterilizer

  9. If a hurricane comes, the roof may lift, but the SPF & decking will provide a temporary water barrier

  10.  Reduce insect infiltration

  11.  Less dust and dust mites

  12.  Less odors

  13.  Helps sound detonate outside noises

  14.  Less A/C filter changes (HEPA)

  15.  Less taxing your home's electrical system

  16.  Protect your wood (frame) against moisture & rot

  17.  UL Listed

  18. Pays for itself!

 

 

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