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Spray Foam vs Batt InsulationBy admin
Thursday, 15 November 2018
So…they’ve entered the ring, we’ve fired the piston, and now it’s time to compete! Will batt insulation get beaten, or will spray foam snivel away to the side? There’s only one way to tell. Let the battle commence…
Typically stored in rolls, batt insulation is one of the cheapest methods available, making it ideal for those looking to insulate a large area, where a greater quantity of material is necessary.
Unfortunately, quantity doesn’t necessarily translate into quality.
In the majority of cases, its generally made from fibreglass-which, in terms of all round functionality, leaves a lot to be desired.
Held together with a binder, batt insulation resembles a big, fluffy blanket, expanding to the required thickness when unwrapped.
It can be easily cut to the required size, making it popular for D.I.Y projects.
Is Batt Insulation Effective?
Not if you’re seeking out savings! One of the main disadvantages of batt insulation is that it’s unable to provide adequate coverage.
During the installation process, it can easily become compressed, enabling it to lose contact with framing.
This creates significant gaps where heated and cooled air can escape from – and with them your hard-earned cash.
In addition to this, its R-value is lower than other insulation materials, which further decreases when wet.
The result? Radically reduced thermal resistance. Bad news for you, your health and your home.
Unlike batt insulation, spray foam protects your home from pests. Its airtight composition prevents Mickey and co from using it as a grounds for nesting!
How Does Spray Foam Compare?
From curbing cold spots, to combating condensation, spray foam is far from a one trick pony. But how does it really compare? Take a look at these features, and you’re sure to see for yourself…
Spray foam enables you to take back control of your costings, by lowering your overall usage.
Indeed, it’s one of the most energy efficient types of insulation on offer, reducing heat loss by up to a staggering 95%.
Compare this to batt insulation, which not only leads to leaks, but increased dependence on heating as well.
Unlike batt insulation, spray foam protects your home from pests. Its airtight composition prevents Mickey and co from using it as a grounds for nesting.
Expanding up to 100 times its original size, spray foam fills all available spaces, providing a superior seal, that enables your building to breathe.
In fact, it can even be used in hard-to-reach places, such as around boilers and pipework.
Batt insulation? Not so much.
In contrast to spray foam, batt insulation is susceptible to moisture and mould growth, putting both your property, and health in jeopardy.
If left unaddressed long-term, this can weaken your home’s structural integrity, causing detrimental damage that’s costly, and challenging, to fix.
Is it really worth taking the risk?
Unfortunately, batt insulation is energy-intensive to manufacture, making it far from an environmentally sound choice for those committed to cutting their carbon footprint.
Compare this to spray foam, a 100% water blown product, that’s easy to produce, and emits zero HFCs and HCFCs to boot. There really is no contest!
Don’t be fooled by the figures; batt insulation may cost less initially, but it's limited in terms of longevity, making spray foam a more cost-effective method overall
Spray Foam vs Batt Insulation: Final Thoughts
In conclusion, if you’re seeking an insulation material that sets you up for success long-term, then spray foam wins hands down.
Unlike batt insulation, spray foam performs for the life of the building, requiring only a one off payment, for a lifetime of property benefits.
Don’t be fooled by the figures; batt insulation may cost less initially, but it's limited in terms of longevity, making spray foam a more cost-effective method overall.
The only drawback of insulating with foam is that it’s unsuitable for every home. So how can you check if you qualify?
Simple. By requesting a free site survey, where you’ll learn not only whether its appropriate for your property, but the areas to prioritise as well.
During survey, you’ll be able to ask all your burning questions, and receive much needed expert advice. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to request your free survey today!
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