Certain parts of a building are more prone to air leakage and heat loss than others. If your goal is to maximize the energy efficiency of your home, investing in proper insulation for your attic, rim joists, and walls can make a critical difference in the amount of energy required to regulate the temperature of your home throughout the year. Polyurethane spray foam is the most effective and efficient type of insulation for residential and commercial buildings. It is suitable for difficult to reach or tight spaces and can be installed quickly and easily by a professional. At Fort Mill Spray Foam Insulation, we provide professional and affordable spray foam installation services to help our customers insulate new and existing homes and commercial buildings.
Air Leakage Site
The rim joist is located where the top of the basement or crawl space meets the first floor of a home. Because several structural components connect at this juncture, there may be many cracks and gaps through which air leaks may occur. Insulating this area can drastically reduce the cost of heating and cooling a home and prevent other problems such as mold and mildew growth or water damage. Any insulation used around rim joists must be impermeable to air to prevent condensation, which limits homeowners to the use of either rigid foam or spray foam insulation products.
Best Type of Insulation
There may be narrow or tight spaces around a rim joist that are harder to access and properly insulate using a rigid material. Additionally, obstacles such as ducts, plumbing, and electrical wiring can make rigid foam installation difficult. For these reasons, many homeowners choose either open cell or closed cell spray foam for their rim joist insulation. Spray foam insulation is more versatile, easily conforming to irregularly shaped spaces and filling in the void around obstacles in order to properly insulate your rim joist as well as the ducts and plumbing for optimal energy efficiency.
Although spray foam may cost more to install, it undoubtedly provides the best insulation for your home. The insulative property of a material is measured by the R-value assigned to it, with a higher value indicating better thermal performance. Closed cell spray foam has the highest R-value out of all the various types of insulation on the market, followed by open cell spray foam. Either of these options can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your home by preventing air leaks and heat loss, saving you money in the long run. For a free estimate of how much it will cost to insulate your home with either open cell or closed cell spray foam insulation, contact us.
Fort Mill SC and Greenville SC Insulation Contractors
Fort Mill Spray Foam Insulation is an established insulation contractor with years of experience in residential and commercial spray foam installations. Our company offers a wide range of professional insulation services at a competitive cost. From basements to attics, we can help you insulate your building for greater comfort and better energy efficiency.