Get the Facts on Insulation Products

The insulation market is growing, and with this comes new varieties of insulation and of course, questions about how to make smart decisions for your home and buildings.

Various claims about insulations effectiveness are loosely available, but it’s important to do your homework and ensure you get the right facts, about the right insulation. After all, not all insulation is created equal.

Spray foam insulation, or Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF), has grown in popularity amongst builders and homeowners due to its seemingly efficient cost of entry. In fact, SPF costs nearly 4 times the installed rate for the same R-value as stone wool or mineral wool.1 Additionally, SPF requires a trained professional to install the product, obliges personal protective equipment, and requires up to 24 hours to fully cure, creating additional down time for the project.2

The Insulation Institute has prepared a helpful comparison between SPF and fibrous insulations to help explain the differences and potential risks using Spray Polyurethane Foam insulation.

Mineral Wool vs SPF table

Did you know...

Productivity InfographicLifetime Energy Savings Infographic

 

*MW & FGVS. SPF Productivity

 

*Cycle Time, What is a day worth?
* NAHB Research Center

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MW & FGvs. SF
*“Green and Competitive: The Energy, Environment and Economic Benefits of Fiber Glass  and Mineral Wool Insulation products,” Energy Conservation Management; The Alliance to  Save Energy and Barakat & Chamberlin, 1996 

For more information about the Insulation Institute, please visit www.insulationinstitute.org

 

1. Air Infiltration of Wood-Framed Walls; NAHB 2009, p. 10

2: http://www.spraypolyurethane.org/Main-Menu-Category/Do-It-Yourself/Frequently-Asked-Questions

3: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/spf_presentation_2009_epa_osha_niosh_cpsc.pdf

4: http://polyurethane.americanchemistry.com/Spray-Foam-Coalition/Guidance-on-Best-Practices-for-the-Installation-of-Spray-Polyurethane-Foam.pdf p. 3

5. http://polyurethane.americanchemistry.com/Spray-Foam-Coalition/Guidance-on-Best-Practices-for-the-Installation-of-Spray-Polyurethane-Foam.pdf%20p.%203

6: http://www.masonknowles.com/docs/calculating_yield_in_sprayfoam.pdf