Would air-tight spray foam prevent my house from being able to “breathe?
It is a common misconception that houses need to “breathe”. What really matter is that the people living inside the house have efficient, quality air! The best way to do that is to provide an air-tight seal throughout the house and have a proper air management system. Spray foam can accomplish this by preventing outside factors from contaminating your clean air via leaky, drafty, inefficient buildings.
The chemicals in spray foam are harmful to my health.
Spray foam is actually more environmentally friendly than older types of insulation. The newer foam insulation contains less VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can be released into the air. Creative Conservation only uses reputable manufacturers who have products labeled as NO VOC. It also has zero food value, therefore not allowing any bacteria or fungus growth. Spray foam also does not attract pests such as mice to utilize it in any sort of way.
Spray foam is used only for insulation.
Actually, spray foam acts as a sealant which repels moisture as well. Moisture is a real nuisance that can cause mold and mildew, making areas like the basement smell bad and allow drafts. That’s why spray foam is a superior choice for keeping out mold, which is caused by water infiltration.
Open-cell foam is better than closed-cell foam
These two terms are often confused. It is said that one is better than the other, when in reality, they are both used differently for different situations. Closed-cell foam is more versatile than open-cell foam when it comes to insulating buildings or rooms that need serious temperature control. These can include below-grade basements, wine rooms, pool houses, and other applications with significant temperature and humidity differences. On the other hand, open-cell foam is better used in regular spaces that don’t require the additional physical properties of closed-cell foam.
Spray foam is too expensive
While the initial investment of spray foam may seem on the more expensive side, the ROI over time on energy and money savings usually outweigh that cost. The standard payback period, for both open-cell and closed-cell foam, in all climate zones, is less than five years. That’s more than a 20 % ROI! Spray foam is efficient, long-lasting, and it pays for itself.