Spray foam insulation is often touted as a green building material because of its high insulation value and tight seal. In fact, studies show that properties treated with spray foam insulate as much as 50% better than traditional insulation products.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
InsulationRemoval.ca (http://www.InsulationRemoval.ca), the GTA’s premier provider of insulation services, including removal and installation, is announcing its top alternatives to spray foam insulation.
“Since first being introduced to the residential and commercial markets in the 1970s, spray polyurethane foam is considered one of the most efficient insulators on the market,” says Trevor Sean, founder of InsulationRemoval.ca. “Spray foam insulation is often touted as a green building material because of its high insulation value and tight seal. In fact, studies show that properties treated with spray foam insulate as much as 50% better than traditional insulation products.”
Unlike pink insulation, which is easy to install, a contractor must be trained, licensed, and certified in order to install certain kinds of spray foam insulation. While the majority of spray foam installations occur without incident, problems are possible and can be difficult to repair. Improperly installed spray foam insulation can lead to health problems, including asthma, lung damage, and skin and eye irritation. (Source: Griffith-Greene, M., “Spray foam insulation can make some homes unlivable,” CBC web site, October 25, 2013; http://www.cbc.ca/news/spray-foam-insulation-can-make-some-homes-unlivable-1.2224287.)
Sean explains that because spray foam adheres so well to walls and studs, it can be very difficult to remove if it has been incorrectly installed. Those unfamiliar with removing spray insulation properly can end up making matters worse, and attempts to hack the foam out can create foam dust, which can become airborne.
When it comes to home insulation, he adds, there is no one-size-fits all approach. Instead of using spray foam, property owners might want to look into cotton denim insulation, which is made from industrial scrap. There is also cellulose insulation, which can be either a loose filler, dense pack, or applied with a spray, and is generally made from recycled paper and other green fibres. But at the same time, cellulose insulation has a lower R-value, which means it insulates less efficiently.
“The fact is, there are trade-offs with each type of insulation. For example, some insulation may be more environmentally friendly, but might be made of material that does not perform as well as others,” Sean concludes. “When it comes to energy saving, nothing insulates as effectively as spray foam insulation. Those considering using spray foam insulation need to choose an insulation installer carefully, look at their guarantees if installation problems do occur, and check out their customer testimonials.”
InsulationRemoval.ca is one of the Greater Toronto Area’s premier providers of insulation services. The company’s installers, inspectors, and repair team can handle any of their clients’ insulation needs, such as removal and repair, energy audits, and the installation of pink fibreglass, blown-in and spray foam insulation, and air sealing. InsulationRemoval.ca has delivered outstanding results to homeowners, builders, business owners, and property managers in the Greater Toronto Area, suburbs, and entire Golden Horseshoe. It also serves the Orangeville, Allison, Barrie, Kawartha Lakes, Muskoka, Collingwood, and Blue Mountain areas. To learn more about InsulationRemoval.ca, visit the company’s web site at http://www.InsulationRemoval.ca or call 416-999-5700.