What is spray foam insulation?
Simply put, spray foam (spray polyurethane foam) is the most efficient and cost-effective insulation you can put into your home. It is made from liquid elements which, when combined, become a foam that expands 20 to 30 times its liquid state, allowing it to fill cracks and areas traditional insulation cannot reach. SPF is most commonly applied to the walls, floors, and ceilings of a building.
What are the benefits of spray foam insulation?
- SPF eliminates air infiltration, drastically reducing year-round HVAC costs–in some cases by as much as 40 percent.
- Keeps moisture out–the cause of harmful mold and mildew
- Helps keep insects, rodents, and other pests where they belong — outside
- Provides superior noise insulation
2 Pound Closed-Cell Foam
- With the superior performance of these systems, you can exceed 2×4 walls. There is no need for additional vapor retarders, outlet gaskets, caulking, etc.
- Closed-cell foam also adds structural strength to the building structure, increasing racking strength by 300 percent or more.
- Nickerson-Remick became the first InsulStar-certified contractor through NCFI Polyurethanes in 2003, with access to numerous other foam products. Our technicians are factory-trained in the different systems and attend classes to keep them up-to-date on the latest products, technologies and techniques.
- These foam insulation systems are the most efficient systems available at this time. They are used in refrigeration, controlled atmosphere rooms, residential applications, and more. Used in conjunction with the proper air exchange systems, they can make the air inside a structure healthier than the air outside!
0.5 Pound Open-Cell Foam
- Creates a seamless protective envelope.
- Eliminates air infiltration.
- Reduces or eliminates convection currents within walls.
Spray Foam Insulation FAQ’s
Closed-Cell Foam is strong enough to walk on without major distortion. Most of the cells or bubbles in the foam are not broken; they resemble inflated balloons or soccer balls piled together in a compact configuration. This configuration makes the foam strong and rigid because the bubbles are strong enough to take a lot of pressure–think of the inflated tires that hold up an automobile. The cells are full of a special gas which makes the insulation value of the foam as high as possible.
The advantages of the Closed-Cell Foam compared to Open-Cell Foam include its strength, higher R-value, and greater resistance to the leakage of air or water vapor. The disadvantage of Closed-Cell Foam is that is denser, thus requiring the use of more material, which makes it more expensive. Even though it has a better R-value, the cost per R is still higher than Open-Cell Foam. The choice of foam should be based on what insulating characteristics are required–such as strength, vapor control, available space, and so on. We can advise you on what foam will best suit your needs.
Closed-Cell Foam is a good choice where small framing sizes need the greatest R-value per inch possible.
Basically, the choice depends on the conditions of each installation. We routinely select from a wide variety of foam systems with varying characteristics, depending on the particular requirements of our clients’ projects.
With either system, clients can expect a 30 to 50 percent savings in energy costs; with escalating energy costs in recent years, the payback period has been dramatically reduced giving you a prompter return on your investment. After the payback period, the structure will still be yielding a 30-50 percent return on investment–not many investments do that today!
At Nickerson-Remick, we use state of the art insulation technology, and offer customers Applegate Insulation Foamed-In-Place insulation. We are a certified dealer/installer and our technicians are trained by experienced personnel at Applegate Insulation.
Benefits of Using Applegate Injection Foam
- High thermal efficiency
- Increased fire safety rating
- Reduced sound transmission
- Injection foam can be added to existing insulation in existing walls and/or cinder blocks.
About Applegate R-Foam
We are now able to provide a foam insulation specially formulated for the walls of existing homes, as well as new or existing block walls. The Applegate R-foam insulation can be used to re-insulate older homes that contain little or no insulation, even if the wall cavity is partially filled with old or ineffective insulation.
Many older homes are not insulated or are insulated poorly, with newspaper or horsehair. Proper insulation was not required until after the 1960s, so if customers have an older home, they should verify that it is in fact insulated and insulated well. In the past, it was also difficult to effectively add insulation to an existing home, but with this new foam insulation, those issues are resolved.
Applegate R-Foam flows through empty spaces and across old materials to fill the wall cavity. It can be injected into the wall cavity from the interior or exterior of the home and can even be installed behind existing brick. In addition to its thermal insulation properties, the R-Foam seals the gaps and holes commonly found in walls, effectively lowering air infiltration.
Applegate R-Foam can be used in old homes, historic buildings and new block commercial construction. This is good news because proper insulation is important. It can reduce a homeowner’s energy costs, keep homes warm in winter and cooler in summer, reduce outside noise, and keep homes safer in the event of a fire. Insulation is not a luxury item, but an essential item.
Currently, Nickerson-Remick is the only contractor offering Applegate R-Foam in the Greater Seacoast area. To learn more, please call us at (603) 436-2946.
Nickerson-Remick has been applying polyurethane foam since 1975. In the decades since then, we have been involved in all types of residential insulation, foam roofing systems, tank insulation, pipes and ductwork. We use only the best brands and know exactly what product to use and when to use it. We have a solution for your insulating needs no matter what the situation.
Scheduling a job is no problem; we have multiple spray rigs and can accommodate most scheduling needs.