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SOLVED: How Expensive Is Spray Foam Insulation?By admin
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
When we think about making improvements to our home, the first consideration is always likely to be “can I afford it” and “will I make my money back”? The answer to both of these questions for spray foam insulation is almost always yes.
It is actually cheaper than you might expect, for the quality of the product, and it is an excellent way of saving money in the long term – giving you the chance to make your money back much more quickly that you might think, as the following article reveals…
The Importance Of Insulation: Keeping Costs In Check
In the UK, the government has been encouraging homeowners to insulate their homes for many years-and it’s easy to see why.
The development of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme allows for energy companies to offer homeowners free or cheap mineral wool insulation for their lofts and in some cases cavity wall insulation.
Obviously, there is very little that is cheaper than free, but there is some evidence that these types of solutions can cause issues with damp and mould and the unscrupulous contractors are offering poor installations and causing damage. You may therefore chose to spend a bit more to get a product that you can trust.
The Energy Saving Trust estimate that if you were to insulate both your loft room and your cavity walls you could save in excess of £300 per year on your energy bills.
With energy costs rising all the time, and the UK having concerns about the ability to keep up with demand, it is a great idea to use less energy for heating our homes.
Insulation will also make your home feel more comfortable, and will prevent outside noise from entering the home. All of these are a great advantage of insulation, but now you just need to decide if you are willing to splash out on spray foam.
Open cell spray foam insulation is much less dense and will allow air to pass through. This makes it a great form of insulation and will not lead to issues with damp or mould
Spray Foam Insulation: The Basics
Spray foam insulation is a mixture of isocyanate and polyol resin that is mixed together under pressure. When sprayed this mixture can expand to up to 60 times its original liquid state – giving amazing coverage and the ability to spray into even the smallest of spaces.
There are two main types of spray foam insulation. Closed cell spray foam insulation is a more rigid product that is great for adding support to the structure of your home.
It is also good at offering sound insulation as it will not allow sound waves to pass through easily due to its density. The drawback as an insulation is that it will not allow air to pass through, so ventilation is important.
Open cell spray foam insulation is much less dense and will allow air to pass through. This makes it a great form of insulation and will not lead to issues with damp or mould.
It is not ideal as structural support and you may need a thicker layer to get the same insulation qualities. It is, however, cheaper than the more dense closed cell versions.
Obviously it may take a few years to pay back the cost of the installation, but with the product lasting for such as long time, it is an investment that is worthwhile
How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost On Average?
The cost of spray foam will depend on a number of factors including the following:
● The size of your home and the loft area.
● If you want spray foam to be used in your loft and inside your external or even internal walls
● The thickness of application that will be needed for your particular circumstances
● The access to the loft and if the walls will need to be replastered following the application.
● The type of spray foam you need – open or closed cell.
● If you are using the spray foam to both insulate and stabilize the structure of your home.
The National Insulation Association say that the average cost of having spray foam insulation added to your home can be around £20 to £50 per square metre. The upper price is for a thicker layer that is designed to insulate, while the lower is for stabilisation only.
For an average semi-detached home, this will mean that it will cost around £1,000 and up to £3,000 for a detached home. This compares to just a few hundred for mineral wool insulation.
Obviously this can mean that it may take a few years to pay back the cost of the installation, but with the product lasting for such as long time, it is an investment that is worthwhile.
It is true that spray foam insulation is more expensive than other types of insulation, but there are some very good reasons for this, including the following 6 advantages:
● Spray foam offers higher thermal values than other types of insulation
● It can offer a structural element to your home as well as keeping you warmer.
● It has been shown to last longer than 30 years without deteriorating or crumbling.
● It is highly resistant to water, mould, mildew and other issues that can affect other insulation types.
● Mice and rats do not like to live in spray foam as it is too dense and does not provide a food source.
● It can be quickly and easily applied with as little fuss as possible. It can even be added to exterior walls through small drilled holes.
Spray foam insulation is not the cheapest insulation option, that is very true. But it is one of the best. With its longevity, its ability to provide soundproofing and a structural element, it can be worth its weight in gold. Once applied you can simply forget all about it!
Is Spray Foam Good Value Value For Money? Final Verdict
The best way to ensure you are getting value for money when you have spray foam insulation installed is to find a contractor that knows what they are doing.
Spray foam insulation should always be installed by a professional and they should be highly trained and assessed by the British Board of Agrement (BBA).
The contractor should have a certificate to show they are BBA approved and the product they are using should also be approved to show that it meets Building Regulations.
Your contractor should be able to give you a full quote based on their survey of the job. Expect them to be thorough with this and for it to include a U-value assessment of your home and a calculation of the risk of condensation.
They will also point out any problems they may encounter and any work they may need to do to prevent them, such as installing ventilation measures. The contractor should be able to tell you the thickness of application you need and where it should be installed.
With all of this information you should be able to get a quote that is accurate and encompasses all aspects of the project, such as clean up and aftercare.
Spray foam insulation is not the cheapest insulation option, that is very true. But it is one of the best. With its longevity, its ability to provide soundproofing and a structural element, it can be worth its weight in gold. Once applied you can simply forget all about it.
The issues you encounter with other insulation types such as dampness, condensation and a lack of coverage are simply not a problem with this type of insulation, making it an excellent choice.
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