How Does Spray Foam Differ in New Construction vs. Existing Homes?

The amount, type and quality of your home’s insulation directly impact your home’s efficiency and energy costs as well as your year-round comfort.

Many builders and homeowners choose spray polyurethane foam, or spray foam, to insulate their property because it’s a superior insulator with consistent results. It’s often used in new construction but can also be used to retrofit an existing home that’s under-insulated.

Technician wearing hazmat suit while applying spray foam insulation in a new construction home.

What Spray Foam Offers

Spray foam insulation is applied wet and expands 30–60 times its liquid volume.

It’s used to fill gaps and crevices, making it especially beneficial near wiring, outlets and ductwork. It’s often used in hard-to-reach places like attics or crawl spaces as well as in walls and ceilings.

It’s easier to apply than fiberglass insulation in these areas, and it’s also more effective, as it has a higher R-value than other insulation types. This means it’s better at restricting the flow of heat, which is key to making your home more energy-efficient and reducing your energy bills.

Benefits for New Construction

It’s always easiest to install spray foam in new construction applications because there’s no existing insulation to remove or work around. In addition to being a great insulator, spray foam:

  • Increases property value
  • Creates a moisture barrier
  • Reduces allergens in a home such as dust and mold
  • Lasts for decades, unlike other insulations that lose their effectiveness with time
  • Can add to the home’s structural integrity
  • Dampens sound within the home

Benefits for Existing Homes

Spray foam can also be used to retrofit or re-insulate existing homes. With time, a home’s insulation can become less effective, especially if it was improperly insulated to begin with. In addition to the benefits listed above, spray foam also offers comprehensive noise control.

Signs your home is under-insulated include:

  • Rising energy costs
  • Cold floors and walls
  • Drafts
  • Issues with frozen pipes
  • Pests
  • Cold or warm spots in your home

Spray foam typically costs more than other insulation materials, but with its benefits and long life span, it’s worth the investment.

Schedule Spray Foam Insulation Installation in West Palm Beach

When selecting spray foam for your home, it’s important to choose a team that can properly mix and apply the insulation for optimal results.

The experienced team at IBP of West Palm has provided excellent residential insulation services throughout the area since 2004. We work with new construction and existing homes.

When trusting us with your home’s insulation, you can expect our highly trained team to help you determine which products are right for your needs, as well as an on-time and on-budget installation.

Schedule spray foam insulation for your West Palm Beach home today. Call IBP of West Palm at (561) 223-1030(561) 223-1030 to get started.

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