The Advantages of Florida Spray Foam Insulation
It is usually easiest to insulate your home during construction, however, it is an increasingly popular option for homeowners in older homes. In Florida, spray foam insulation can make such a difference in your cooling bills. Whether you want to lower your electric bill, reduce your carbon footprint, increase the value of your home, or make your home more comfortable, adding the right kinds of thermal retardant can make an enormous difference.
There are a few very cost-effective types of insulation to consider – batt, roll, foam board, blown, and spray. Each has a different method of application, different R-values (insulator ratings), and costs associated with them. It is best to consult with an expert to discuss the specific applications that make the most sense for your home. We would be happy to discuss your options with you. Spray installation in Florida is a fantastic option, especially for older homes needing greater energy efficiency. Some of the advantages worth considering include:
- Highest R-Value
- Reduced Energy Expenses
- HVAC Preservation
- Increased Property Value
- Retains Its Beneficial Properties Longer
- Quicker and Less Disruptive Installation Than Most Other Options
- Better Air Flow
- Humidity and Mold Reduction
- Better Soundproofing
What Is Spray Foam Insulation?
Generally speaking, spray insulation is a thermal retardant made out of a special type of foam that solidifies after it is exposed to the air. It is sprayed into architecturally strategic areas of the home, such as the attic.
Why Spray Foam Insulation is a Great Choice
Foam insulation has a high “R-Value“. R-Value is a measure indicating heat exchange through a two-dimensional medium. Windows, doors, and insulation all have varying R-values. In Florida, the standard is to have a minimum of R-13 for the floor, and it gets higher as your property does, to as high as an R-30 in the ceiling As this chart shows, spray foam has the highest R-value per square inch.
|Type of Insulation||R -Value|
|Kraft Faced Batt||R-2.9 to R-3.8 per inch of thickness|
|Unfaced Batt||R-2.9 to R-3.8 per inch of thickness|
|Cellulose||R-3.1 to 3.8 per inch of thickness|
|Spray Foam||R-3.7 to R-6.2 per inch of thickness|
Reduced Energy Expenses
Of course, that great R-Value means that you keep the hot Florida weather out, and the cool climate-controlled air in. That can have a profound impact on your electric bill. Spray foam insulation in Florida can often pay for itself in a matter of years.
When your home remains at the intended temperature owing to thermal retardant, your HVAC unit does not have to run as often. Lower demand for cold air leads to a reduction in stress related to HVAC operations. This could potentially extend the service life of your unit. This is an especially considerable advantage in Florida, where high humidity and temperatures often combine to make things uncomfortable in certain parts of the home, even with the AC running.
Increased Property Value
Lower electric bills, and a more comfortable home increase property values.
Retains Its Beneficial Properties Longer
Unlike many other types of insulation, spray foam does not lose its effectiveness over time. Its R-Value remains constant as long as it remains in place. That also means the other benefits, like energy efficiency and mold reduction, remain in place.
Quicker and Less Disruptive Installation Than Most Other Options
This insulation is a lot easier to deal with than fiberglass and installs much faster than roll or foam board insulation. This generally means labor costs for installation are kept to a minimum and projects can be completed promptly.
Spray insulation is applied to the inside of the roof, as opposed to the floor of the attic, which makes the attic area less susceptible to wide energy fluctuations. The whole attic is cooler. For homeowners who store things in the attic, this can be an important consideration. Also, owing to the chemical makeup of spray foam, and its installation on the inside of the roof, as opposed to the floor, you’ll have better airflow in the attic. That can help with overall home ventilation.
Humidity and Mold Reduction
Since spray foam bars vapor and moisture from the outside, you’ll likely have less mold and reduced humidity. Together, these factors reduced allergens in the home. This is an undervalued benefit, as mold is common in Florida homes, and if it starts flourishing, this can lead to significant expenses
As an added bonus, your home will have better soundproofing. Whether it is acorns, rain, or birds on the roof, noise is dampened. Also, you will have more privacy.
Associated Costs, and Making the Right Choice
The cost of spray insulation can vary a great deal. The cost will vary depending on the quality of spray insulation used, the amount of material used, and associated installation costs. Putting such thermal retardant in during initial construction will typically be the least expensive strategy. If you’re building, you might want to look into spray insulation if you haven’t already. Even for those whose home is well lived in, it is a great option. It will make the finished product more valuable, and it is usually less of a hassle than most other installation methods. If you have easy attic access, installation costs can still be low, and this can still be a remarkably cost-effective option.
Florida is Our Service Area
Protect Preserve is proud to serve most of Florida, with multiple hubs across the state. Learn more about:
- Tampa spray foam insulation
- Orlando spray foam insulation
- Jacksonville spray foam insulation
- Panama City spray foam insulation
We Are Your Full-Service Provider
Protect Preserve is so much more than just an insulation company. We can handle all of the issues associated with your roof, from fixing simple leaks to a full roof replacement, and so much more. Here is a list of our combined most commonly provided services:
- Spray insulation
- House siding
- Gutter installation
- Temporary tarp
- Shrinkwrap leak prevention
- New roofs
- Roof leak repair
- Completely reroof house
- Other roof repairs
From roofing and insulation options in Florida, to spray foam insulation and other homeowner concerns, please call us at 833-PP-ROOFING (833-777-6634). We would love to answer questions about your home improvement projects and provide you with a free estimate.