Peace of Mind by Using Spray Foam Insulation in Oklahoma
Spray polyurethane foam, also known as SPF, is a great way to insulate homes and buildings. Spray foam has many benefits for the consumer. This type of insulation can be sprayed into small areas which decrease energy costs, and helps keep pests out of unwanted areas.
If you are searching for spray foam insulation in Oklahoma, contact the experts at Kool Foam.
Spray foam insulation is very beneficial to protecting homes and buildings from the elements, unwanted pests, and decreasing energy costs by keeping the cool air in during summer and the cold out during the winter. SPF is an insulation which begins in a liquid form. When sprayed and applied to the desired area, the foam expands rapidly covering a large area. The spray can get into cracks and small spaces other insulation can’t, and provide complete coverage. The liquid polyurethane transforms into hard, solid foam when dried. The R-Value in spray foam is high preventing moisture build up and protecting from unwanted air from entering. With small cracks and crevices filled pests and cold air have no way to enter into the home or building providing the resident peace of mind. This also lowers energy costs by keeping the home or building at a constant temperature.
Typically foam insulation is used in walls of buildings and homes; however SPF can be used for other purposes. It works well for attics and basements and ceilings. SPF insulates industrial plumbing pipes and tanks along with any building that needs temperature or climate control for example a commercial cold storage facility and/or clean rooms. Using SPF can also extend the life of a roof by preventing thermal bridging and insulating gaps that may occur from fasteners. Spray foam insulation is commonly used in barges, boats, and airplanes, all benefit from the advantages of spray foam.
Spray foam insulation has many benefits for everyone and can provide comfort and peace of mind.
Kool Foam LLC can install spray foam insulation in Oklahoma for those interested in preventing moisture, decreasing energy costs, keeping pests out, and wanting a well insulated home or building.
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Why Foam Insulation?
Foam offers several advantages over traditional insulation.
Higher energy efficiency
Exceptional air sealing and R-value results in cost savings
Improved air quality
Helps prevent uncontrolled outdoor air infiltration and the penetration of allergens
Can help reduce noise transfer and sound penetration
Improved moisture/condensation control
Closed cell foam offers superior performance in resisting moisture and condensation
Flexibility in framing package
High R-Value per inch allows for stud and rafter size reduction for increased living space
Flexibility in design
Tightening the house envelope enables the use of smaller HVAC equipment
Why Kool Foam?
Located in Northwest Oklahoma, Kool Foam utilizes state of the art equipment to deliver closed cell and open cell foam with a Graco Dual Proportioning system.
We have been active in the building industry for more than 12 years and have been spraying foam since 2006. We pride ourselves in building business relationships through quality work and exceptional customer service.
In fact, if the atmosphere inside your home has a humidity level of about 50%, then that’s the ideal range for your own personal health and the longevity of your home. Too much moisture, however, is bad for both your home and your health.
When moisture accumulates inside walls, attics, crawl spaces or ceilings it can and will lead to the growth of molds, and where molds grow insects are sure to follow. The combination of mold growth and the potential for insect infestation can lead to a wide variety of health problems for anyone living inside the property. This can include dangerous respiratory problems for the very old, the very young, or anyone with existing respiratory health problems.
Your property can also suffer structural damage because of unnoticed moisture accumulation. If enough moisture is present inside your home, it can lead to the weakening of wooden support structures and extensive damage to drywall and paint finishes. Drapes and other fabrics will also become slowly water damaged, leaving them with a “musty” odor, which is very difficult to remove.
Moisture In Your Home
The most common cause for moisture building up inside any particular home is because of a water leak somewhere on the property. In most cases water leaks can be traced back to damaged water pipes, or damaged roofing. In situations like these you’ll need to have the damaged plumbing or roofing repaired as quickly as possible.
There’s another way for moisture to slip unseen into your home and it’s through unchecked air currents. As we already mentioned, the air we breathe contains a certain amount of moisture and when a warm air current meets a cool surface the moisture contained in the warm air transforms into a liquid. This is a very gradual process, but because it’s almost invisible you won’t notice the damage in most cases, until it’s too late.
So even if your home seems perfectly well insulated from air drafts and breezes, there’s no guarantee that it is – the exposed areas of your home include crawl spaces, attics, and air ducts. These can be the paths for gallons of unwanted moisture to be deposited inside your home.
Preventing Moisture Problems
So now that you know exactly how that moisture is sneaking inside your home, you’ll also want to know how to prevent it. The good news is that spray foam provides you with a versatile and affordable way to control the air flow in and out of your home. With the help of the team at Kool Foam, your first choice for spray foam insulation in Oklahoma, you can stop moisture accumulation becoming a problem for you.
The really neat thing about using polyurethane foam to deal with this type of issue is that our foam can be used to fill underneath your home, every exposed surface in your attic, or any crawl space completely. Our foam expands to fill even the tiniest and well hidden nooks inside your walls, floors or ceilings. This means we can make your home a more comfortable and healthier place to live – we work around your lifestyle, and not the other way around.
If you’re living in Oklahoma, Kansas or Colorado and you’d like to use spray foam insulation to prevent the annoying health and household headaches caused by water accumulation, why not call Kool Foam today? We ready to get to work for you.
R-value is an important measurement, as we’ll define below, but it’s the not the only measurement of quality insulation. R-value is only one aspect of insulation.
Others that we’ll discuss are as follows—airtight seal, mold and mildew protection, energy-efficiency and soundproofing.
What is R-Value?
R-value is a measure of thermal resistance. It’s a measurement of how effectively a certain material can resist conductive heat transfer.
A loose or porous material will have a low R-value, while a strong and durable material will have a high R-value. A lower R-value means the material allows for heat transfer more easily, while a higher R-value means a material is more resistant to heat transfer.
R-value is the reciprocal of U-factor (also known as U-value). U-factor is a unit of measurement describing how well a certain material conducts heat, while R-value is a measurement of how well a certain material resists heat conduction.
Average R-Value of Common Insulation Types Per Inch of Insulation
When it comes to insulation, different materials have significantly different R-values. R-value is typically given in units per inch of insulation. Below, you can find R-values for common types of insulation
Pink Fiberglass Batting: 2.5
Rock Wool Batting: 3
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF): 3.5
Blow-In Cellulose: 3.5
1/2 lb. Open Cell Spray Foam: 3.5
Rigid Polystyrene Panels: 3.9
2 lb Closed Cell Spray Foam: 6.9
As you can see, R-value varies widely between materials. Pink fiberglass batting is easily the worst for insulation, but it’s also the cheapest and easiest form of insulation. At the other end of the spectrum, 2-pound closed cell spray foam has nearly double the R-value of its closest competitor.
Some builders will add piece after piece of fiberglass batting to create a higher R-value and then sell it to consumers with the “higher R-value pitch.” While they aren’t lying, they aren’t telling the whole truth.
How is R-Value Tested?
The most widely used test to determine R-value is the American Society for Testing and Materials test. Unfortunately, due to the way the test was designed, there is a major flaw that favors fiber insulations. Not much actual input was put into the test when they were designing it for solid insulations.
The test was designed for unrealistic conditions. You do not get a realistic idea of R-value when it is tested with zero wind and zero moisture added. Small amounts of moisture or vapor can dramatically change insulations R Value by as much as fifty percent.
What Is the Whole Truth About R-Value?
You will never be able to define the performance and success of an insulation installation simply with a single number. There are many more details that must be known before making any assumptions.
Why does the insulation industry allow the R-value fairy tale to continually perpetuate? We have no idea. The one thing that we are sure of is that if you look at R-value, then you will see that it favors the installation of fiber insulation.
Packing more batting in one area doesn’t take into consideration air movement. Fiberglass batting may reduce thermal transfer, but what about those drafts? What about air moving in and out of your home? If air is transferring in and out, then the temperature of your home is also fluctuating, causing your central air system to work too hard.
At that point energy is being consumed and wasted. Your insulation isn’t truly working well for you and you’re letting harmful outside air in your home. Why is the air harmful?
Changing air and temperatures can lead to mold and mildew development, which affects your health and the health of any other inhabitants of the home or building. Mold and mildew are also damaging agents and will wear your house down, reducing its overall value and structural soundness.
We believe that R-value numbers are very misleading. If you consider how insulation reacts after it has been submerged in water or how it reacts when there are 20- mile per hour wind gusts outside, then you might find different results.In fact, in either of these situations, the R-value of the insulation goes to zero. Solid insulations are barely affected by these conditions. Reasons like this lead us to believe that the R-value number of insulation is actually a misleading, worthless number until we know more details about the characteristics of the installation.
You would never purchase a piece of property if they only gave you one piece of information in the form of a number. So why should you decide which type of insulation to install based on one number? When purchasing property, you research dozens of things like location, size, land, etc. You should do the same thing when you are figuring out what type of insulation to install.
The R-value is only accurate when insulation is tested in the lab. You don’t receive any R-values from everyday weather conditions. We must dig deeper to find out how resistant to air penetration the insulation is, how well moisture can pass through, and vapor drive.
As of right now, the R-value of insulation is supposed to give you an indication of how much the material resists loss of heat.
Benefits of Spray Foam: R-Value Plus So Much More
Here are some of the key benefits of boosting not only R-value, but also so much more:
Spray foam acts as an air barrier. This reduces moisture infiltration into the house, which reduces the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can both cause severe illness while also destroying the value of a home. Spray foam also reduces the ingress of toxic pollutants into the home – which is important when you’re living in Oklahoma City or other urban areas.
–Spray foam provides greater energy and utility savings with R-value and air tightness.Homeowners typically save 30% or more off their energy and utility bills every month after switching to high R-value spray foam insulation. Upgrading to spray foam may seem expensive, but the upgrade typically pays for itself in less than 5 years through energy savings alone.
-Higher home value. New homebuyers are educated on the value of energy savings and efficiency. As a result, high R-value spray foam insulation can add thousands onto a home’s assessed value.
Essentially, spray foam can help you save on home heating and cooling cost and reduce your energy bill every month. Homeowners also get the added bonus of living in a cleaner, healthier household.
Conclusion: You Need to Consider Spray Foam R-Value But So Much More
As mentioned above, R-value is an important metric for insulation, but it’s not everything. R-value must be paired with other factors to achieve maximum benefit and effectiveness for your home.
Spray foam is an ideal solution for homeowners in Oklahoma. Homeowners can save money on heating their homes during the winter and reduce the costs of air conditioning during the sweltering summers.
If you’re looking for spray foam in Oklahoma, Kool Foam is one of the state’s top providers. Kool Foam offers 6.9 R-value spray foam that protects your home from air infiltration, mold and mildew, outside and noises. Kool Foam has a team of experienced spray foam technicians to provide amazing insulation in homes and businesses across Oklahoma.
In fact, if you examine your typical day you’ll find that we spend at least 14 hours inside our homes each day, and that’s if you currently have a full-time job.
The fact that we all spend so much time indoors makes the quality of the air we breathe even more important. Unfortunately the air quality in your home might not be quite as good as you think it is, but that’s not necessarily your fault, and there are solutions for this problem.
But let’s take a look at what actually causes poor quality indoor air before we start looking at how to “cure” your home of this uncomfortable, and smelly, problem.
Poor Air Quality & Health Issues
There is a growing mountain of medical statistics that show that respiratory problems are becoming more and more common in younger children and teenagers. Some of these respiratory problems are inherited genetic traits, but many of them are caused by environmental factors such as industrial pollutants and toxins leaking into your home. In some cases, the same toxins produced inside your home are leaking into other rooms through uninsulated wall cavities.
Typical causes of undesirable air quality inside any home can include pet hair, smoking, naturally occurring dust (from human skin), hidden mold growth, degrading building materials, smoke from furnaces, or other interior heating appliances.
Just Cleaning Isn’t Enough
Poor air quality can, and will, also cause health complications for people with existing allergies or respiratory health conditions such as asthma. The tiny spores, mites and particles of dust we can’t see or smell are a constant hazard to anyone who needs their home to be as clear of pollutants and dust as possible. The quality of the air inside your home is not directly related to how clean your home is because you can’t smell radon or dust mites, for example.
It is important to keep your home as clean as you possibly can, but there’s only so far your cleaning routine can go in improving the quality of the air you breathe inside your home. What you will need is a way to create an air barrier inside your home; a way to block out external pollution, while still being able to comfortably live inside your home.
Air Barrier for Health
The good news for people living in Oklahoma is that the SPF insulation experts at Kool Foam have the perfect solution to your problem. Urethane Spray Foam can be applied to both internal and external walls and surfaces to ensure that you can control the air flow into and around your home. If, for example, you wanted to ensure that no dust or fumes from your furnace were escaping into your bedrooms, you can have us insulate that room completely with a variety of different spray foams.
Or if you want to create an air-seal between your bedrooms and pollutants and dust from the outside world, we can inject open-cell foam into your existing cavity walls, around windows and underneath floors. This foam expands to cover every inch of your internal walls, preventing the growth and spread of molds or other pollutants because you’re now controlling the quality of the air inside your home.
Basically our Oklahoma spray foam expertise allows you to create a home with better air quality than you’ll remember enjoying in quite some time. In addition to living in a home that now has cleaner air, you’ll be living in a far quieter and better-insulated home too.