Insulation is essential in any home. It keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. There are many different types of insulation you can choose from, including fiberglass and cotton. But one option stands head and shoulders above the rest: spray foam. And spray foam is not just a good choice because it keeps your energy bills lower than the other types of insulation. It also helps prevent these three problems that you often do notice with other types of insulation.
Mold develops in places that are moist. And once it starts growing, it is really hard to get rid of. Mold spores can cause allergy symptoms and respiratory irritation. Fiberglass and cotton insulation let moisture seep right in, and once these materials get wet, they start to mold rather quickly. You won't have this problem with spray foam. It basically seals your structure and prevents moisture from seeping in, which prevents mold growth. Spray foam is, therefore, a healthier choice for someone with a mold allergy or asthma. And actually, it is a healthier choice for everyone since even people who don't have mold allergies can develop symptoms at any time.
2. Insects and Rodents
Other forms of insulation are soft. Rats love tearing up fiberglass and using it to make nests, for example. Insects also love insulation when it gets moist. Spray foam insulation is tough, if not impossible, to tear apart, so you do not have to worry about rodents making nests from it. Since it seals out moisture, as mentioned above, it won't attract insects either. Spray foam helps promote a pest-free home — and a pest-free home is a healthy home!
3. Covered Vents
Your roof has vents. They are located in the attic, and their job is to let hot air escape from the attic so your roof does not get too warm. If you use fiberglass or cotton insulation, these materials can easily get pushed up against the vents. Then, your attic might get too warm, which could lead to shingle damage and ice dams in the winter. Spray foam is applied, and then it does not move at all from the application site. You won't ever have a problem with it getting pushed over vents as long as it's not applied over the vents in the first place.
Spray foam insulation is truly a top-notch choice. Call an insulation installer to learn more.