Spray Foam Insulation FAQs

  1. What are the benefits of spray foam insulation?
  • Eliminates air infiltration.
  • Reduces the size of your AC system.
  • Saves money on energy bills.
  • Saves money on the cost of your AC system.
  • Eliminates dust, pollen and allergen infiltration.
  • Makes the house quieter.
  • Does not deteriorate in the walls like all other insulations
  • Significantly reduces the probability of mold in your walls.
  • Reduces the overall heat load on your home.
  • Spray foam insulation is custom fit to every cavity in which it’s installed.
  • Makes your attic much neater and cleaner and much more enjoyable to work in.
  • Reduces the wear and tear on your AC system.
  1. How much does spray foam insulation cost?
  • It depends on the thickness and height of the walls and the pitch of the roof- contact us today for a quote for your building!
  • The important thing to remember is how much money in utility bills spray foam insulation will save you.  The payback period for investing in foam insulation is between 1 and 3 years long and after that, it’s pure savings.
  • The higher cost of the foam is significantly offset by the savings you realize by using a smaller AC system.
  • If you include the cost of foam insulation in the mortgage of a new house, you might add $50 to the monthly mortgage.  If you save $200 per month in electricity costs, you’re in a positive cash flow position from day one.  Moreover, energy costs will more than likely continue to rise well beyond the end of your mortgage, making the decision even easier.
  • Typically between $2.50 and $4.00 per square foot of living space.
  1. Tell me about the money I’ll save by having a smaller AC system.
  • All AC systems are sized according to how much living space there is.  The mechanical engineer will also factor in some amount of air leakage and make the system larger.  When you eliminate the air leakage and reduce the overall amount of heat the house is absorbing (heat load), you can make your AC system much smaller.  A typical house gets about 500 square feet of living space per ton of AC equipment. When you use foam insulation, you can get between 900 and 1,400 square feet per ton of AC equipment.  That means that a 2,500 square foot house that would typically get 5 tons of AC will now get only 2.5-3 tons of AC.  That’s a savings of about $1,000 per ton of AC equipment.  Keep in mind that this savings shrinks the gap in price between spray foam insulation and other, inferior types of insulation.
  1. Is spray foam insulation safe for me and my family?
  • Spray foam insulation is non-toxic during and after installation.
  • There are no CFC’s, HCFC’s or other ozone-depleting materials in the foam insulation we use.
  • Foam insulation actually makes your home healthier by reducing the amount of dust, pollen and allergens in the air.
  • Many customers decide on foam insulation just for the air quality advantages of foam.  Foam is extremely helpful to asthma and allergy sufferers.
  1. Why not just use fiberglass insulation?
  • You pay for an R13 fiberglass insulation, but what you end up getting is more like an R7.  When fiberglass insulation is installed, it’s never a perfect fit.  If there is a gap between fiberglass insulation or if the fiberglass insulation is compressed, the R-value plummets.  If air passes across fiberglass, the R-value plummets.  With foam, there are no air leaks because the foam forms an airtight between the inside and outside environments.  There are no gaps or compression because the foam fills all cracks and voids in the wall cavity and fills the entire cavity of the wall.  Where there are wires or light switch boxes in the wall, fiberglass never provides a tight seal.
  • Fiberglass insulation deteriorates and falls down in the wall over time.  This means you’re only insulating the bottom third of the wall and not very effectively at that!
  • Fiberglass insulation gets broken down into plastic covered GLASS particles that become airborne in the living space of the home.
  • Convectional loops form in the walls when using fiberglass insulation.  This inevitably leads to mold and mildew forming in the walls of your home.
  1. Why not just use cellulose insulation?
  • Cellulose insulation does not provide an airtight seal.
  • Cellulose insulation deteriorates over time.
  • Cellulose insulation leaks through cracks in walls and around outlets and becomes airborne in the living space.
  • Cellulose is wet applied and contains an antifungal agent to resist the growth of mold and fungus in the wall.  Why is that?
  • The same product used in cellulose insulation is used in hydromulching on the side of the highway.  In hydromulching, it’s used to retain water long enough for the seeds to germinate and form grass.  Do you really want to use the same product in the walls of your home?
  • Cellulose has to “dry out” for 3-4 days during construction.  That doesn’t sound good, does it?  Foam cures within 5 minutes and it’s there for a lifetime.
  1. What do I need to do to get Eskimo Insulation to provide a quote and get started?
  • You can forward your floor plans and all exterior elevations to us via emailor regular mail and we’ll put together a proposal.  Please note that our goal is to spray the minimum amount of foam product needed for the maximum energy saving results.  We treat your money as our own because we know you’ll pass a good word along if we do.  Your good reference is more valuable than any advertising money can buy.
  • Have your builder contact us at (832) 803-0619 and we’ll handle the rest from there.
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