Introducing Foam-LOK Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation

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Foam-LOK-Closed-Cell-Spray-Foam-InsulationGuest post from Costa Homebuilders.

One of the most important parts of your home, particularly in the initial building process, is insulation. According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home accounts for 50 – 70% of your home energy use. Constructing your home with attention to energy efficiency can significantly reduce your utility bills.

There is no better material for insulating your home and sealing it from air and moisture intrusion than Foam-LOK closed cell spray foam insulation. Foam-LOK closed cell spray foam insulation can help save on costly utility bills, strengthen your home, and protect the health of your family from dangerous mold, airborne pollutants, and allergens.

Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value the better the thermal performance of the insulation. Foam-LOK closed cell spray foam insulation adds an exceptionally high R-value insulation system to the building envelope and the roof deck.  This advanced insulation and applied by spray method, sealing the building envelope to stop heat transfer through the roof deck, minimize conditioned air from escaping, and restrict unconditioned air from entering the building.

Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation comes with numerous benefits to your home, some of which are addressed below:

Protection From Moisture – No Seams or Gaps
Moisture is perhaps one of the most damaging elements to your home, including its ability to produce mold. Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation has the ability to seal off the small cracks and gaps that moisture can make its way into, and which more traditional forms of insulation fail to provide protection from.

Does Not Sag or Shrink
Over time, traditional insulation tends to sag and settle, losing its value and increasing the opportunities for air and moisture to move in. Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation does not shrink, sag, or settle, and will maintain its insulating and air barrier value, protecting your home over time.

Superior Wind Uplift Resistance
Using Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation will add considerable strength to your insulation system and can save your home during severe winds. In a recent report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Spray foam roofs were the only type of roofing system described as having performed “extremely well.” NIST officials also described how spray foam roofing withstood Hurricane Katrina’s winds without blow-off or damage to the flashings.

R-6 per inch – Superior Insulation Value
According the the US Department of Energy, foam insulation R-values range from R-4 to R-6.5 per inch of thickness, putting Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation in the highest R-value, and up to 2 times greater than most other insulating materials of the same thickness.

Closed Cell – Almost No Air Leakage
Studies have shown you can lose up to 40% of the energy in your home from air infiltration. Traditional insulation methods do not seal the stud and wall cavities from end to end, or top to bottom. This lack of sealing causes air to leak through these gaps. Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation not only adheres to, but forms to the walls and floors to create a tight seal and an insulating barrier that stops the air leakage.

Will Not Wick Moisture

Unlike traditional forms of insulation, Foam-LOK brand closed cell spray foam insulation is resistant to water penetration and “wicking.” The closed-cell structure of the foam insulation allows the for the diffusion of water vapor, allowing your home to “breathe”. Liquid water contains larger particles and is unable to pass into or through a closed-cell foam barrier.

*For more information on new homes in Pittsburgh, please visit our main site: http://www.costahomebuilders.com

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