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Spray Foam Insulation in New Home Construction

What is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation constitutes a blend of polyurethane and isocyanate, serving as an additional insulation layer within homes. These two chemicals combine to form a durable "plastic foam" layer situated behind drywall. Widely acknowledged as superior to alternatives like cellulose or natural materials such as cotton denim, spray foam works to minimize noise pollution and enhance temperature insulation. It is applied before the installation of drywall during the home construction process.


Cost of Installation vs. New Homes with Spray Foam

Installation costs for spray foam insulation typically range from $0.44 to $0.65 per square foot for the average homeowner. However, this cost does not encompass potential expenses associated with the removal and replacement of drywall, which could be notably high.

Encouragingly, spray foam insulation is a standard practice in Kindred Homes' construction. All homes built by Kindred Homes include spray foam insulation at no extra cost to the buyer, ensuring supreme comfort in your new residence.

The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

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Eco-Friendly: Spray foam reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from excessive HVAC usage.

Improved Structural Strength: Providing additional rigidity to the home's structure, spray foam insulation also boasts a longer lifespan compared to traditional materials.

Superior Insulation: Beyond enhancing cooling and heating efficiency, spray foam insulation reduces noise infiltration, blocks pollen and pests, and inhibits mold and mildew growth within walls.

Common Questions

Is spray foam insulation toxic?

Once properly installed, spray foam insulation poses no health risks within your home. However, caution should be exercised to avoid direct contact, ingestion, or inhalation of the insulation material until fully installed, as is standard practice with any chemical compound.

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Will mice eat through spray foam insulation?

Notably, mice will not consume spray foam insulation due to its chemical composition, which lacks nutritional value and could potentially pose risks to them. Consequently, mice typically avoid attempting to penetrate the material.

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Is it possible to use spray foam for ceiling insulation?

Yes, it is possible and recommended, especially for homes lacking existing spray foam insulation. This could offer a more cost-effective means of incorporating spray foam benefits without the need to replace drywall entirely.

As we wrap up our exploration of spray foam insulation, it's evident that this solution offers a compelling blend of performance, durability, and eco-friendliness. Whether you're embarking on a new construction project or retrofitting your existing home, the benefits of spray foam insulation are hard to ignore. By prioritizing comfort, structural integrity, and environmental responsibility, you're not just insulating your home; you're investing in a more sustainable future for yourself and generations to come.

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