Spray Foam vs. Batt Fiberglass Insulation

Two common types of insulation are spray foam insulation and batt insulation. GreenGuard in Winnipeg shares some information on these two options and why spray foam is the superior choice.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is a highly efficient insulation product commonly used in residential, commercial and industrial applications. It offers an air-tight barrier that has built-in moisture resistance. Because it’s air tight, your space will not be infiltrated by air or moisture. This will give you a more comfortable and consistent temperature in your home. It will also reduce the chances of mildew and mold, which can occur in batt fiberglass insulation.

You can install spray foam insulation onto nearly any surface, and it’s great for those awkward, hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Spray foam is a strong material and can even contribute to your home’s structural integrity. It will not sag or settle over time, like batt or blow in insulation. This means your insulation installation will be long-lasting and consistent as the years go by. It is one of the most energy efficient insulation products available, giving more R-value per inch compared to other products.

Spray foam can be used almost anywhere in the home including exterior walls, ceilings, floors, attics and basements. Learn more about spray foam.

Batt Fiberglass Insulation

Batt insulation is that pink fiberglass found in exterior walls, attic floors and the crawlspace ceiling. It is made from fiberglass strands that create a barrier for air flow. It can help improve thermal performance, but it does come with some difficulties.

For one, it is not resistant to moisture and unlike spray foam, doesn’t create an airtight seal. A layer of plastic needs to be installed with it as an air and moisture barrier. Without this plastic barrier, the insulation would be subject to moisture damage and that could cause it to lose R-value. It can also encourage mold or mildew growth.

Batt insulation does not have as high of an R-value compared to spray foam. It can sag and compress over time, decreasing its thermal performance. If it gets wet, R-value will be decreased. It also takes a lot of energy to manufacture, making it less environmentally friendly compared to spray foam.

Choose spray foam! Choose GreenGuard in Winnipeg!

Spray foam is the superior choice for your insulation installation. Spray foam insulation will stop the cold and moisture and protect your belongings from cold air, frost and even water damage. Current fiberglass insulation will hold moisture and will lose a lot of its insulating capacity. In addition to the traditional places where insulation is applied, spray foam insulation is an excellent choice for insulating heating ducts, windows and crawl spaces.

If you need an insulation upgrade, contact GreenGuard today!


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