Frequently Asked Questions
General Information About Spray Foam Insulation
Q: What is the difference between fiberglass and spray foam insulation?"
Fiberglass insulation is a common insulation made of molten glass that is spun or blown into fibers, which can be purchased in rolled batts or loose fill. Fiberglass will settle or drift over time which will cause you to lose your R-value.
Spray foam insulation is a foam product, similar to the foam in your couch. Spray foam insulation, both open cell and closed cell, at its designed R-value, creates an air barrier and a radiant barrier preventing air and radiant heat from entering your home.
Fiberglass at any R-value will never be able to completely stop airflow or radiant heat. Closed cell foam is also a vapor barrier and will add structural integrity to the roof. Spray foam is far superior to fiberglass and will hold its R-value much longer than fiberglass.
Q: Is spray foam insulation safe?"
When installed properly by a professional insulation contractor, spray foam insulation is safe for all types of properties, whether it be residential or commercial construction. Once the spray foam insulation properly cures, it is safe to have in your property, and you should not have any health-related issues.
Q: What is the life expectancy of spray foam insulation?"
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors states that spray foam insulation can last for more than 80 years. Spray foam insulation is resistant to mold, does not hold moisture, does not move around, and typically stays in place until purposefully removed. With this being said, many people never have to replace their spray foam insulation.
Q: Will spray foam insulation stop condensation?"
Spray foam insulation expands and fills in all cracks and crevices when installed. The moisture in the air is prevented from leaking in through these spaces thus minimizing moisture-related problems due to air flow being prevented.
Q: What is spray foam insulation?"
Spray foam insulation (SPF) is a polyurethane foam that has been around since the 1930’s. SPF is an insulation and air barrier material that seals walls, floors, and ceiling cavities against air movement. Spray foam can be sprayed into an open cavity, like new construction, attics, crawl spaces, and rim joists. Spray foam insulation will never lose its shape, unlike conventional insulation materials. This type of insulation has been gaining popularity in the panhandle because of its superiority to traditional fiberglass and because of the added structural integrity it can add if using closed cell foam.
Due to ever changing insulation R-value codes in new construction, spray foam insulation will always be able to meet these changes. Spray foam insulation lasts much longer than traditional fiberglass and helps reduce your energy bill from 30-50%!!
Working With Insulation Panama City
Q: Will someone come to my home and measure?"
Oftentimes we are able to utilize your property appraisal information or floor plans to make our estimates. We are more than happy and willing to come to your home to do a measurement as well.
Q: How long does it take to install?"
This depends on the size of the project, but we typically try to have the job finished in a day.
Q: I'm building a house - if I want foam insulation, do you need to talk to my builder?"
We work with builders and homeowners alike. If you would like us to work directly with your builder, we would be more than happy to do so, but you do not HAVE to have a builder for us to work in your home.
Q: Do you offer a warranty?"
Yes! Our company offers a 2-year labor warranty and spray foam manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty both of which can be provided upon request.