Budgeting Essentials: The Cost of Spray Foam Insulation
As most Texans can attest, when it comes to building or remodeling, one factor holds priority: how much can you afford. While we would all love to have mansions or skyscrapers with solar tile roofs and the latest technology, reality is we typically settle on a modest home or office building with the best bang for our bucks when it comes to materials.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray Foam Insulation certainly offers a lot of bang. It is highly energy efficient, which helps reduce energy costs down the line. It is versatile, able to be applied in more situations and building styles. It meets— and often exceeds— building code regulations.
Spray Foam Insulation comes in three varieties: Cementitious, Phenolic, and Polyurethane (which is further split by density and cell type). As the name suggests, Cementitious is a cement-based insulator; main benefits include nontoxicity and nonflammability.
Phenolic is a resin from aldehyde and phenol; main benefits include low smoke level, fire retardancy, and water resistance. Polyurethane is made from mixing two liquid components together, often polyol blend and isocyanate, that creates a film which expands up to 120 times its size to fill the entire space; main benefits include versatility, moisture protection, and commercial uses. All forms of Spray Foam Insulation are pest deterrents, as they cannot be used for nesting or food.
Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation is the more common of the three, and tends to be the best fit for most builds. As noted above, this spray foam is further split into cell types and densities: High Density Closed Cell, Medium Density Closed Cell, and Low Density Open Cell. While Low Density Open Cell tends to work better for noise dampening, High Density Closed Cell is a prime choice for perimeter walls with the added benefit of increasing their strength and durability.
The expansion properties of the foam reduce waste; no more cutting down bales and leaving gaps and cracks! Each of the three varieties have a good R-value, which is used to measure thermal conductivity, and can help keep that Texas heat out of your home or office space (especially during the summer!).
Knowing which foam will best benefit your build can be a daunting task. That’s why our insulation experts at Rose Insulation are ready to help!
Does Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation fit within your budget?
While we can’t give an exact estimate outside of an official consultation, where we can look at square footage and labor needs among other factors, we can give you an idea on the cost of materials so you have a better starting point:
Closed Cell Polyurethane
$1 to $1.50 per board foot
Open Cell Polyurethane
$0.44 to $0.65 per board foot
These prices may shift as the market does, but that doesn’t negate the usefulness of having a starting point. If you want to delve deeper into how much this solution would cost for your product, give Rose Insulation a call today. With proper details, we can give you a more accurate estimate.