As one of the most commonly installed types of insulation, spray foam is used for a variety of applications. What makes it so effective? What is it made of and how does it work? Keep reading to learn what spray foam insulation consists of!
How Spray Foam Insulation Is Made
Spray foam insulation is made by combining isocyanate and polyol resin into a foam. Polyurethane, a polymer made of organic units, is the most commonly used material for spray foam. Although polyurethane has been around since the 1940s (where it was used by the military for airplanes), it wasn’t used for insulation until the 1970s. Polyurethane spray foam contains a low-conductivity gas in its cells and is available in two forms:
- Open-cell (very effective sound absorber)
- Closed-cell (higher density, higher R-values)
Spray foam insulation is meant to provide an extremely tight seal and help protect against not only air leaks but also moisture. It can be installed in hard-to-reach areas, such as around wiring, and is used in both new construction and retrofit jobs.
Read more about spray foam on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website »
Spray Foam Insulation Contractors Serving the Idaho Falls Area
The BDI Insulation of Idaho Falls team installs spray foam in new houses. If you’re in eastern ID and need new construction insulation installers, call us! We have experience using spray foam in residential new build projects.
Get in touch with us to learn more about our insulation services or if you’re ready to start your project—call us at 208-357-4346 or fill out the form on this page!