You’ve probably read a lot about how spray foam insulation can increase the energy efficiency of your home when used in walls, ceilings, and roofs. However, crawl spaces can also benefit from spray foam insulation. If your home was built in the last 30 years, it probably has a vented crawl space, which means the home is lifted 2 or more feet above the ground by a concrete block foundation. The vents were included to allow for air flow. In the past, a homeowner would then use fiberglass insulation on the subfloor. Not only is fiberglass inefficient at slopping air flow, it is also not a perfect fit. Because of this, your house is affected by cold air in the winter and hot and humid air in the summer. In addition, crawlspaces usually have an array of ductwork as well, which means temperature fluctuations and moisture buildup.
Spray foam eliminates many of these potential problems. Because spray foam expands, the fit is perfect and the seal is tight. That means better control of air and temperature and les chance of moisture buildup. By using spray foam insulation to seal the vents and crawlspace, you can eliminate air infiltration, increase thermal resistance, reduce moisture, and enhance energy efficiency.
So what does crawl space insulation cost in Toronto, Ontario? This will depend on several factors. First, the size of your house will be a consideration. Also, you’ll have to decide whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. When dealing with a crawlspace and the accompanying duct work, it is probably safer to hire a professional to make sure it is done correctly. You will also need to consider whether to use open-cell or closed-cell foam. Open-cell is somewhat cheaper, but there can be moisture problems with open-cell if there is a major leak or flooding unless certain sealing and prep work is done. Closed-cell alleviates this potential problem and has a higher R-value, which may be more in line with your area’s building codes. Also, you’ll want to compare the energy savings that spray foam insulation will afford you over fiberglass in order to compare cost. While spray foam insulation may have a greater up front cost, the superior fit and better seal will save energy costs for the life of your home. And finally, of course, you want to shop around for the best service for the money.
Those are just a few of the things you should consider when figuring and comparing the cost of using spray foam insulation in your crawlspace. Once you weigh the benefits and savings of spray foam insulation against traditional insulation, we think you’ll find that spray foam is the best option and that the cost of spray foam insulation in Toronto, Ontario is worth the price. If you’d like to know more about the benefits of spray foam insulation or ask questions about specific pricing for your home, please contact us at Airseal, and we’ll sit down with you and help you find the best plan for your home and energy bills.