When the oil crisis in the 1970s drove heating costs sky high, spray foam became a popular way to increase a home’s insulation value. It’s an all-in-one product that combines insulation, air barrier and vapor barrier, making it effective at stopping drafts and improving energy efficiency.
Is spray foam profitable?
However, it’s also not a “green” product, as the spray is made using fossil fuels and emits greenhouse gases in production. Manufacturers are now using blowing agents with lower global warming potential (GWP), but there’s still a lot of embodied carbon in the chemicals that are used to make spray foam.
The foam is sprayed into tight spaces like basement rim joist, attics, crawl spaces and knee walls. The foam goes on as a liquid and expands up to 100 times its original size in seconds, filling all the gaps and nooks and crannies. It’s effective at insulating homes against air movement, which keeps conditioned air in and cold outside air out.
Improper spray foam installation isn’t a common problem but it can pose a health hazard. In addition to the toxic fumes, improper installation can allow moisture into a building. Mold and other health issues often follow.
ARMOR Insulations, LLC
1818 Edwards St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401