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Why insulate with foam insulation?

It's a good question. And in these days of soaring energy costs and uncertain supplies, there is an obvious answer. We believe you should harness the insulating power of foam insulation for use in your home. Not only is it a wise decision, but it is also practical to accomplish with a 21st Century state-of-the-art sprayed foam insulation called Spray Foam Insulation. You already know how well foam insulates. Think about the effectiveness of some common foam products that we use on a regular basis:

The Foam Coffee Cup

Just 1/8" of Foam With An R-value Of Less Than One.

Goto your favorite fast food restaurant or convenient store and buy a cup of coffee. Hold the foam cup in one hand and pour yourself a cup of steaming hot coffee with the other hnd. Go won't burn your hand. The foam cup will only be warm to the touch. In fact, if the foam was a bit thicker, it is doubtful if you could feel whether the coffee was hot or cold. Only the steam would give it away. In this example, we think you'll agree that just 1/8" of foam is a pretty effective insulator.

The Foam Picnic Chest

Just 1/2" of Foam With An R-value Of Only About Two.

This is the classic example of the insulating power of foam and a great illustration of the importance of air sealing the area you want to heat or cool. Consider your experience with a foam picnic chest. You can learn a great deal about insulating your house from its' performance. You buy one at the local drug store or Wal-Mart for a couple of dollars, and you entrust it to keep your beverages cold for the weekend. Put in the drinks and a bag of ice on Saturday morning, and put the lid down tight, and it's pretty likely that you'll still have ice left on Sunday night. You have just proved the insulating power of about a half inch of foam with a relatively low R-value of only about an R-2.

Refrigerators and freezers

Just 2" of Foam With An R-value Of 13.

Spray foam insulation has been used over the last 50 years. If you look at your freezer and refrigerator walls, they are only an average of 2 inches thick. It is not fiberglass, it is high density foam insulation. The 2 inches of high density foam is only R-13. A freezer with three-inch thick walls is only R-20. With R-20 you have stopped almost all of the thermal conduction of temperature (your hand doesn't feel cold when you touch the refridgerator, not to mention there is no air or humidity loss. You lose energy only by opening and closing the doors and exchanging the products inside, thus allowing cold air to escape or warm air to enter the environment.