Introduction to Fiberglass vs. Spray Foam Insulation
Posted On: 8/17/2015 1:38 PM
When it comes to choosing between different types of insulation, many homeowners in Albany and the rest of NY don’t know where to turn. After all, there are a variety of different options on the market, all of which are rather different from one another in both their makeup and how they operate. Two of the most common forms of insulation that we see in the home performance industry are spray foam and fiberglass.
Each option offers its own set of pros and cons, and understanding the differences between the two can help to better inform you on what might be right for your home.
It makes sense to start with fiberglass insulation when discussing different materials, simply because it’s the most commonly used form on the market. Found in around 85% of homes in America, fiberglass is typically employed due to the fact that it is relatively inexpensive. While indeed popular, fiberglass insulation is not as effective at insulating a home as other options that are available. This is especially true when the cold weather of an Albany winter hits.
The key advantage of Fiberglass is the value, the low cost installation makes it a common choice among homeowners.
Spray Foam Insulation
A popular alternative to fiberglass insulation is spray foam insulation. There are two different types of spray foam — open cell and closed cell, each of which offers a different type of protection against air, moisture and vapor. What differentiates spray foam from fiberglass insulation is that it’s significantly more effective at keeping conditioned air within the home. To this point, however, spray foam often comes with a higher price than fiberglass.
The foam insulation is sprayed onto your home and then it expands to seal gaps, cracks and other air leaks. Spray foam also repels water so it is less susceptible to mold and other allergens.
Choosing the Right Material for Your Home
At Zerodraft, we know that each and every customer we serve has a home that is unique to itself, with its very own set of needs. We’ll conduct a free home energy assessment and determine exactly which type of insulation is right for your home so that you can rest easy knowing that you’re making the right decisions. It’s all in a day’s work, and we want you and your family to stay warm and comfortable this winter.
Don’t wait for the cold weather to hit. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.