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Spray Foam Insulation

Protect Your Florida Home and Reduce Energy Costs!

Southern Florida homes are bombarded by heat and humidity on a daily basis. Since it’s basically a year-round issue, we don’t have much of a winter reprieve like other states do. During the hottest days of the year, temperatures in your attic can soar as much as 60 degrees higher than the rest of your home, causing your air conditioning to work twice as hard to achieve half the cooling effect. With humidity added to the mix, you could be looking at extensive moisture damage and even mold growth over time.

Spray foam insulation is designed to help combat those issues. When applied to the underside of the roof deck in your attic, it can bring temperatures to within 10 degrees of those in your living space. If you choose this type of insulation over the other alternatives, you can expect:

  • Greatly reduced cooling costs
  • Cooler, cleaner air inside your home
  • Strengthening the home
  • Greater hurricane protection
  • Decreased risk of mold
  • Higher, long-term return on investment

These are only few of the advantages of this option. At the Foam Depot, we’re expert spray foam insulators, and we’re here to help you understand why it’s an excellent choice for southern Florida homeowners.

What are Other Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation?

As far as advantages go, coverage could be considered its biggest strong suit. Since it expands and conforms to the surfaces it’s applied to, it provides an all-encompassing shield against the outside world. Cut-to-fit options leave their fair share of gaps, and loose-fill alternatives are anything but airtight. Other benefits for Southwest & Central Florida homes include:

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Lower your energy bills

Saves You Money by Keeping The Heat Outside

Studies have shown that Spray Polyurethane Foam (abbreviated as SPF), can effectively block more than 85 percent of the typical heat exchange taking place between the interior of a home and the outside world. In contrast, traditional fiberglass tends to top out at 50 percent even at its highest R-value.

Lower Energy Consumption

Ongoing comparisons between homes with spray foam insulation in southern Florida and those with fiberglass point to significant energy savings among those equipped with the foam. These savings amount to an estimated 50 percent reduction in energy usage in most cases, and the reduced consumption is clearly reflected in your monthly power bills.

Added Protection Against Severe Weather and Hurricanes

Our closed cell foam is hurricane rated by FEMA as a flood-resistant material, which means it can withstand direct contact with floodwater for at least 72 hours. Additionally, it strengthens the home by bonding the sheeting and framing together to create one solid and sound structure during a tropical event.

Longevity of Product Life

This insulating product is designed to last for the lifetime of a home. Other options on the market can sag, shift, deteriorate and actually lose their R-values over time, so they need to be replaced at regular intervals.

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Allows You To Breathe Easier

While this point could be taken figuratively when the energy savings start rolling in, it’s meant in a more literal sense here. The effective barrier of protection extends well beyond heat transfer and pest invasions, keeping out allergens and excess dirt and dust as well. There’s also plenty to be said for the reduced risk of mold and mildew growth provided by closed-cell spray’s heightened moisture prevention benefits.

Reduced Risk of Pests

One of the primary rules of pest prevention is sealing potential entry points. Foam application provides comprehensive coverage of cracks and gaps where it’s applied, so it minimizes their opportunity to invade your space. Other types of insulation provide ample hiding places and nesting grounds for them so as a result, they can actually attract pests instead of repel them.

Aside from these direct advantages, spray foam insulation certainly generates a number of other positive side effects as well. Your air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard as it would with conventional insulation, therefore, it’s likely to last much longer. Avoiding pest infestations means not having to deal with the damage they’re notorious for causing. Improved indoor air quality offers plenty of value on its own.



How Much Will I Save on My Energy Bills?

Energy consumption can certainly vary by household because a number of factors affect your utility costs. Still, reports show savings of as much as 45 percent in homes with closed-cell spray foam insulation installed in their attics and outer walls.

Is The Foam Safe?

Once the material has been sprayed and allowed to cure for 24 hours, it is completely safe. Due to the fact that it stays in place and becomes entirely inert after the initial compound reaction takes place, no particles will be floating around in your home therefore, it won’t be giving off any potentially harmful emissions. Hence, this is another reason you can breathe easier within its protective confines.

What Are The Types of Spray Foam Insulation?

Two types of SPF are available: open and closed-cell. Both are composed of millions of tiny bubbles, or cells. In open-cell spray foam insulation, the bubbles have small holes; on the other hand, closed-cell SPF’s bubbles are, as the name indicates, completely sealed. Those minuscule gaps in open-cell SPF give it a softer texture and higher noise dampening capabilities. Closed-cell spray foam provides lower levels of noise reduction but offers higher R-values and creates a more effective moisture barrier than its spongier equivalent.

Which Type of Insulating Foam Is Right for Me?

Like its counterparts, spray foam insulation can provide an array of R-values. Numerous factors go into determining the R-values needed to fully protect your home. For homes in Tampa, Sarasota and the rest of southwest and south-central Florida, we recommend using open or closed cell on exterior walls and in attics, crawlspaces and other areas vulnerable to high heat, humidity and moisture. Fiberglass is typically better suited to interior walls or attic floors where budgets are a concern. Once we look at your home and get a better-rounded picture of your unique needs, we’ll be able to provide more specific information.

Check our our Insulation Comparison Table for more information.

How is it Applied?

Please watch the video below to see our spray foam contractors applying closed cell foam to a new home’s walls.

How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost?

The cost for each project is determined by various factors such as type of spray foam (open cell or closed cell), size and difficulty level.

The example prices below would be an approximate cost for a 1,500 sq. ft. ranch-style, cement block home:

Open Cell Spray Foam

R30 to the Attic Ceiling
Cost: $2,700 to $3,500.

Closed Cell Spray Foam

R21 to the Attic Ceiling
Cost: $4,900 to $5,700.

For more information on pricing, see our Cost Comparison table.

Why Choose The Foam Depot Versus The Other Guys

The Foam Depot will treat each project as if it were our own! We have been in the construction industry since 1998, spray foaming since the year 2000 and have built homes from the footings to the ridge cap. Our team has been involved in a wide range of residential custom homes to government jobs and complex commercial projects. With our focus and attention to detail, we do our very best to get it right the first time. If for some reason, a mistake is made, we will come back and resolve it because we care about the quality of our work.

In Conclusion

In Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Polk, Hardee and Desoto counties and most other areas of Florida, air conditioning is a year-round essential. This means we’re likely to spend twice as much as homeowners in other parts of the country; at least, this is true with conventional types of insulation. Spray foam insulation helps combat the cost by blocking heat exchange and sealing up all the cracks and gaps through which humidity could otherwise come into our homes.

Though this benefit alone is enough to convince many homeowners to make the switch, plenty of other advantages enter the picture as well. Call us or send us an email to schedule a home consultation and find out for yourself why spray foam insulation can’t be beat.

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