Your walls may not be enough to keep weather, sound and pests from infiltrating your home. In fact, there’s actually a space between the walls that is meant to be filled with insulation. Insulation helps keep heat and sound inside while keeping cold, dampness and pets out. Most homes are built with insulation already installed, but due to age or other factors, you may need to replace the insulation to get the right kind of protection.
In older homes, fiberglass insulation is the most common type of barrier used. Fiberglass is made of thousands of tiny, pink fibers that are compressed together into flat sheets that may be rolled out between joists. While fiberglass is inexpensive, it provides no animal protection and can’t compare to newer types of insulation that are now available.
On top of the limited capabilities of fiberglass insulation, it may also be harmful to your health. Skin contact can cause itching and even hives while inhaling the fibers can cause serious health complications. The fibers are made of glass and came get lodged in the throat, leading to infections and other problems.
Spray Foam Insulation
Instead of fiberglass insulation, consider creating a stronger barrier by using spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is put on in liquid form, but quickly expands and hardens into a safe and effective insulator. Because it is applied while still in a liquid state, it has the unique ability to get into all areas including inside of cracks, gaps and small openings. The spaces will be filled, giving the home an added layer of protection.
Because spray foam expands, fills and hardens, it is almost impossible for pests or insects to penetrate the substance. Fiberglass may be easily chewed or moved out of the way, but spray foam insulation is adhered to the area it is applied in and the foam is too hard and repulsive for rodents to touch it.
The uneven surface of the foam insulation adds another obstacle to would-be visitors. Water and mold are also discouraged from passing through, so the appeal of the dark, damp basement quickly fades.
The insulation can also be used to soundproof a room. The thick foam insulation prevents noise from escaping while preventing outside nose from coming in. It can be sprayed on floors, walls or even ceilings to get the most insulating property for your purchase.
Soundproofing can also be done with spray insulation. The thick surface dampens noise, preventing it from getting into the living area. Sounds coming through the door, the wall or even your teenager are all dampened significantly. The spray is safe and works for a variety of reasons.
If you’re thinking about increasing your home’s insulation, consider adding spray foam insulation. You’ll get lower energy bills while conserving natural resources.