Environmentally friendly insulation

One of the most environmentally friendly things a homeowner in Toronto can do is install insulation. There have been studies that estimate about %60 of homes in North America are poorly insulated. Fortunately, with proper insulation, you can slash your cooling and heating bills by %30 with proper insulation.

Insulation is made with everything from cotton to newspaper and different chemical foams. Some are more environmentally friendly than others.

Homeowners generally consider the R-value of an insulation when deciding what to use in their home, R-value is the resistance to heat flow. When the R-value is higher, the material is superior at reducing energy consumption and this is very desirable amongst people in general. Where the insulation will go is another major determiner of effectiveness. The most important area to insulate if saving money and energy are the goal is the attic, it also happens to be the easiest. Air leaks come second as they should be sealed when found,  followed by basement insulation.

FOAM INSULATION

With an R-value that ranges from 3.3-7 per inch, spray foam insulation is on of the most effect insulators out there. When sprayed onto whichever surface is being insulated, it starts as a liquid which then expands and fills all the nooks and crannies. Some of these foams are good for retrofitting, whereas some can be sprayed only into new walls. Regardless, it is highly recommended to be installed by a professional.

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Spray foam insulation has the ability of being used in places where other insulating materials can’t be used such as foundations. It’s ability to stop air leaks is uncanny. However the presence of ,plastics, known as polyurethane means spray foam insulation is not at all natural.

There is however a newer environmentally friendly generation of vegetable-based foams that use small amounts of oils from different vegetables as well as a minimum of %5 recycled materials. These new generation vegetable foams are sprayed with water and carbon dioxide which don’t damage the ozone layer.

These environmentally friendly foam insulations are low density, which means they have a lower R-value that are in the 3-5 range rather than their more toxic counterparts 6 or 7. R-value is only part of the reason to consider foam insulation, another downfall for the foam is that it releases toxic chemicals when being installed, once cured they become inert however.

Environmental spray foam insulation in TororontoThere is also the polyisocyanurate foam, a rigid foam superior at exterior retrofitting, frequently on roofs with R-values of 6 to 7.5  per inch. This type of foam was created with HCFCs(Hydrochlorofluorocarbons) as blowing agents which are detrimental to the ozone. There are now green versions that use hydrocarbons and don’t cause this environmental damage.

There is another extremely stable insulation which is nonflammable called cementitious foam. It is derived from seawater and made of magnesium oxide. When cured, it will have no impact on a chemically sensitive person.

COTTON INSULATION

Cotton insulation is often made with leftover materials from textile plants such as denim manufacturers that would have otherwise been thrown away. Sold in batts or as loose fill, it is similar to fiberglass, without the respiratory or chemical irritants. Cotton is treated with boric acid to turn it fire retardant, anti fungal and as a pest repellant. boric acid is fairly nontoxic compared to other pest repellants and antifungals.

CELLULOSE INSULATION

Recycled newsprint, cardboard and paperboard makes up %80-90 of cellulose insulation. Sometimes it is made into  a wet “paper mash” and sprayed into walls, or shredded dry and used as loose fill in attics. Boric acid is used often to treat the cellulose insulation.

Some chemically sensitive people are affected by cellulose insulation even though it is earth friendly, it is the newsprint in that can trigger this. Cellulose is more absorbent than other types of insulation because it is made of wood fiber. If it does happen to get wet often and unable to dry out, mold could grow if the boric acid leaches out.

INSULATION TIPS

You should consider where you’re going to use insulation and what effects it will have on R-value when you are considering insulation options. Damp insulation doesn’t work as well as dry insulation, this is when “vapour barriers” help protect the material from snow or rain. Loss or blown in insulation such as cellulose can be shifted by animals or can settle which in turn reduces R-value. Spray foam insulations retain their R-value very well over the years because of the trapped gasses which block the airflow. You should consider installing a foil radiant barrier to prevent gases escaping. The climate you live in often determines how much insulation you need.

Spray foam insulation York

Find the best spray foam insulation company near York

For over a decade Torontosprayfoam.com has been proudly insulating residential and commercial buildings in the York area. We specialize in both open-cell and closed-cell foam. Our network of contractors follow all the building codes in Ontario and are proud members of Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association ( CUFCA).  At Toronto Spray Foam we take time to understand your reasons and options for wanting to insulate your house or business. Our FREE CONSULTATION ensures you get a chance to talk to our team before making a final decision so we can discuss all the options you have and to better understand your unique situation.

Top spray foam insulation company in York

Benefits of spray foam insulation for your home in York ON

Polyurethane spray foam insulation can be applied much faster than other insulations because of the spray foam gun that shoots out the raw material in a semi-liquid form. This means you can get the job done quicker and start living in your home sooner than conventional insulations. Spray on cellulose insulation can get into all the nooks and cranes of your home to create a tight seal with ventilation in the desired locations. Space is saved in small attics that can be used as storage as well.

Energy bill reduction in York has always been largely associated with proper insulation. During the hot summers your air conditioner works more using more power to keep the temperature down and in the winter heat is trying to escape through cracks and crevices. Foam doesn’t allow for this transfer of heat and creates a radiant barrier. It’s R-value is the best compared to any other insulation type on the market today. There are different densities which allows for specific needs to be met by the home owner.

 Contact us for a free price estimate today  647-484-2907

 

Top spray foam insulation contractors for your residence in York

Residential insulation in York has been revolutionized with the somewhat new technology of polyurethane foam insulation. This material has become the pinnacle of home insulation types as the industry is literally making leaps and bounds, some cities are even making this stuff code! Some states and provinces even hand out home insulation grants because of it’s efficiency and ability of turning a once “leaky house” into a green home insulation that is air tight. For these reasons, we think that this is the best home insulation product out there.

Best spray foam insulation professionals for commercials buildings in York

Spray foam insulation is rapidly becoming the choice for many contractors of commercial buildings in York ON and for good reason. There are many negative factors that can affect the durability of a building and foam cellulose insulations R-value can help control those. Designers of buildings now have much more flexibility in their designs because of the expandable foam insulation spray, new shapes are no longer not achievable such as foam loft insulation.
Construction time is reduced because of the multi-purpose nature of the this type of insulation. Caulking, taping and sealing are all eliminated because of the vapour barrier qualities of closed cell spray foam. It can be applied to multiple surfaces and has a wide range of applications. Exterior foam insulation, basements and foundations, crawl spaces and attics, wood or metal framing, it’s applications are limitless.

Best commercial spray foam company in York On

 

CONTACT US FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION IN HOME ESTIMATE 647-484-2907

 

Best types of spray foam to insulate your house in York Ontario

The best choice to insulate your attic  in York ON or anything else for that matter is polyurethane spray foam. There are generally two types those are open celled and closed cell. Open celled has a lower R-value than closed cell at around R-3.9/inch and does not act as a vapour barrier, whereas closed cell has a higher R-value of around R-6.8/inch and acts as a vapour barrier when installed with at least a 2″ thickness.

OPEN-CELL FOAM

Polyurethane open-celled foam differs from closed-cell foam in that during expansion and curing the gas in the mixture gets released and leaves a “hole” in the cell. This releases the gas which makes the material less rigid and less resistant to water or vapour. This tip of cell foam insulation has no trapped gas bubbles in it and so does not have to be as strong and makes this type of foam less dense.

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CLOSED-CELL FOAM

High density insulation also known as closed-cell insulation, has trapped gas bubbles that are formed during the curing and expansion of the foam. These high density polyurethane foams have a higher heat insulating capability because of these trapped gas cells. They also act as a vapour barrier as the closed-cell nature is stronger as well as vapour and water resistant.

When in the right hands and properly installed, any of the two foams will behave as a perfect air sealer to any attic bypasses. Convection will also be completely eliminated as air cannot pass through foam insulation, it creates a radiant barrier. The only drawback is the price, due to the equipment used to instal the foam; spray foam gun, materials (polyurethane, soy etc) protective gear and skilled labour, the cost goes up.

 

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Where to apply spray foam insulation ?

Spray foam insulation is a multipurpose insulating material that has very practical uses in all areas of the house.Spraying the  walls is ideal because of it’s ability to stop warm or cold air from leaking through, crawl spaces, ceiling etc. Polyurethane roof insulation is also a very practical solution as 25% of all heat in a home tries to escape through the roof. Likewise spray on ceiling insulation further re-enforces that heat from escaping through the ceiling, basement and garage and ultimately out of the house.
Walls make up %35 of heat loss making it the most important when it comes to insulation. Internal wall insulation is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about heat or cold loss, however in older constructed buildings, sometimes there are no cavities to fill. This is where external wall insulation should be considered.  Here at Toronto Spray Foam we offer a wide variety of choices and we always offer a FREE CONSULTATION for all of our prospective clients.

We look forward to working with you soon!

 

Spray foam insulation Stouffville

Find the best spray foam insulation company near Stouffville

For over a decade Torontosprayfoam.com has been proudly insulating residential and commercial buildings in the Stouffville area. We specialize in both open-cell and closed-cell foam. Our network of contractors follow all the building codes in Ontario and are proud members of Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association ( CUFCA).  At Toronto Spray Foam we take time to understand your reasons and options for wanting to insulate your house or business. Our FREE CONSULTATION ensures you get a chance to talk to our team before making a final decision so we can discuss all the options you have and to better understand your unique situation.

Top spray foam insulation company in Stouffville

Benefits of spray foam insulation for your home in Stouffville ON

Polyurethane spray foam insulation can be applied much faster than other insulations because of the spray foam gun that shoots out the raw material in a semi-liquid form. This means you can get the job done quicker and start living in your home sooner than conventional insulations. Spray on cellulose insulation can get into all the nooks and cranes of your home to create a tight seal with ventilation in the desired locations. Space is saved in small attics that can be used as storage as well.

Energy bill reduction in Stouffville has always been largely associated with proper insulation. During the hot summers your air conditioner works more using more power to keep the temperature down and in the winter heat is trying to escape through cracks and crevices. Foam doesn’t allow for this transfer of heat and creates a radiant barrier. It’s R-value is the best compared to any other insulation type on the market today. There are different densities which allows for specific needs to be met by the home owner.

 Contact us for a free price estimate today  647-484-2907

 

Top spray foam insulation contractors for your residence in Stouffville

Residential insulation in Stouffville has been revolutionized with the somewhat new technology of polyurethane foam insulation. This material has become the pinnacle of home insulation types as the industry is literally making leaps and bounds, some cities are even making this stuff code! Some states and provinces even hand out home insulation grants because of it’s efficiency and ability of turning a once “leaky house” into a green home insulation that is air tight. For these reasons, we think that this is the best home insulation product out there.

Best spray foam insulation professionals for commercials buildings in Stouffville

Spray foam insulation is rapidly becoming the choice for many contractors of commercial buildings in Stouffville ON and for good reason. There are many negative factors that can affect the durability of a building and foam cellulose insulations R-value can help control those. Designers of buildings now have much more flexibility in their designs because of the expandable foam insulation spray, new shapes are no longer not achievable such as foam loft insulation.
Construction time is reduced because of the multi-purpose nature of the this type of insulation. Caulking, taping and sealing are all eliminated because of the vapour barrier qualities of closed cell spray foam. It can be applied to multiple surfaces and has a wide range of applications. Exterior foam insulation, basements and foundations, crawl spaces and attics, wood or metal framing, it’s applications are limitless.

 

Best commercial spray foam contractors in Stouffville ON

CONTACT US FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION IN HOME ESTIMATE 647-484-2907

 

Best types of spray foam to insulate your house in Stouffville Ontario

The best choice to insulate your attic  in Stouffville ON or anything else for that matter is polyurethane spray foam. There are generally two types those are open celled and closed cell. Open celled has a lower R-value than closed cell at around R-3.9/inch and does not act as a vapour barrier, whereas closed cell has a higher R-value of around R-6.8/inch and acts as a vapour barrier when installed with at least a 2″ thickness.

OPEN-CELL FOAM

Polyurethane open-celled foam differs from closed-cell foam in that during expansion and curing the gas in the mixture gets released and leaves a “hole” in the cell. This releases the gas which makes the material less rigid and less resistant to water or vapour. This tip of cell foam insulation has no trapped gas bubbles in it and so does not have to be as strong and makes this type of foam less dense.

Best open cell spray foam contractors in Stouffville

CLOSED-CELL FOAM

High density insulation also known as closed-cell insulation, has trapped gas bubbles that are formed during the curing and expansion of the foam. These high density polyurethane foams have a higher heat insulating capability because of these trapped gas cells. They also act as a vapour barrier as the closed-cell nature is stronger as well as vapour and water resistant.

When in the right hands and properly installed, any of the two foams will behave as a perfect air sealer to any attic bypasses. Convection will also be completely eliminated as air cannot pass through foam insulation, it creates a radiant barrier. The only drawback is the price, due to the equipment used to instal the foam; spray foam gun, materials (polyurethane, soy etc) protective gear and skilled labour, the cost goes up.

 

Bet closed cell spray foam in Stouffville

Where to apply spray foam insulation ?

Spray foam insulation is a multipurpose insulating material that has very practical uses in all areas of the house.Spraying the  walls is ideal because of it’s ability to stop warm or cold air from leaking through, crawl spaces, ceiling etc. Polyurethane roof insulation is also a very practical solution as 25% of all heat in a home tries to escape through the roof. Likewise spray on ceiling insulation further re-enforces that heat from escaping through the ceiling, basement and garage and ultimately out of the house.
Walls make up %35 of heat loss making it the most important when it comes to insulation. Internal wall insulation is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about heat or cold loss, however in older constructed buildings, sometimes there are no cavities to fill. This is where external wall insulation should be considered.  Here at Toronto Spray Foam we offer a wide variety of choices and we always offer a FREE CONSULTATION for all of our prospective clients.

We look forward to working with you soon!