If you are looking at insulation for your home, there are more choices than blown cellulose and pink fiberglass. Expanding spray foam insulation is increasingly popular due to its many benefits.
Expanding spray foam insulation is made of polyurethane or acrylic latex. The foam has been used in refrigerators and water heaters for many years.
Liquid polyurethane is pressurized and released through spray nozzles. When the spray lands on surfaces it expands and foams up, then hardens to a aerated material. Traditional insulation such as cellulose wool or spun fiberglass leave gaps and voids when applied as ceiling and wall insulation. Expanding spray foam insulation fills out to all cracks and into seams even if they are hidden from view. The sealing ability can practically eliminate air flow and energy transfer.
To prevent heat escaping through the attic and the walls of a home fiberglass batts have been a traditional insulation. New advances in insulation offer a better solution that is easy to install and on the budget.
The contemporary best practice is expanding spray foam insulation installation. Foam fills the cavities in between the framing studs of the walls and attic. Spray-on foam expands to fills in air gaps, unlike standard fiberglass insulation, which lets air pass through and around it. Even as a house expands and contracts the foam insulation expands and compresses with it. This prevents warm air from escaping through cracks and spaces.
There are several manufacturers of expanding foam insulation who offer various products for the do-it-yourself handyman and small contractor. You might have a small insulation job that does not require the services of a large insulation installer.
There are different products for different purposes. It is important to find the matching product for your job. These products generally come in handy-sized packs or cans and are easy to use.
Here is a list of typical special purpose expanding foam insulation products. Check the labeling to determine if the product is designed for interior or exterior use, toxicity to animals and plants, cleanup, and storage.