To this day, many businesses are in the dark about which type of insulation they should use for their office.
Among the most common insulation methods on the market are spray foam and fiberglass insulation. And each type has its own characteristics and advantages.
To find out which method of insulation suits your requirements, let’s compare them based on various factors:
The Department of Energy (DOE) defines thermal resistance, or R-value, as the insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow. DOE explains that a higher R-value means greater insulating efficiency.
Factors contributing to the R-value of a material include the type of insulation, the material’s thickness, and density.
Fiberglass has an R-value between 2.9 to 3.8 per inch of thickness. Some manufacturers produce thicker fiberglass insulation that delivers an R-value between 3.7 and 4.3 per inch.
These thicker materials are usually applied to structures with limited cavity space, such as ceilings of cathedrals and old museums.
However, the R-value of spray foam insulation depends on whether it is open-cell or closed-cell. Open-cell spray foam has an R-value of 3.7 per inch, while closed-cell spray foam delivers an R-value of up to 6.5 per inch.
To achieve the R-value requirements of commercial buildings, spray foam insulation would be a more efficient and optimal choice compared to fiberglass.
Protection from Moisture and Air Leakage
Apart from the R-value, insulation efficiency is also evaluated according to the material’s level of density and air tightness. A dense and airtight insulation prevents moisture and air leakage that causes various problems.
Air leakage, for example, brings moisture that is detrimental to the performance of fiberglass insulation. When fiberglass gets wet, it has to be replaced immediately before it becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Spray foam insulation, on the other hand, is dense and airtight. The material expands to fill wall cavities, cracks, and crevices, making sure that air does not leak.
A report from the Spray Foam Coalition revealed that air leaks waste 40 percent of a building’s total energy. By using spray foam insulation, you maximize your energy usage, with a potential 20 percent savings on your monthly energy bills.
Spray Foam Insulation Services for Businesses
Take advantage of the benefits of spray foam insulation by enlisting the help of A&L Foam Insulation. We specialize in commercial spray foam insulation that protects you from unwanted air, water, and heat.
We offer both closed-cell and open-cell insulation. Our team of experts will come to you and inspect your place of business to identify which solution best fits your needs.
A&L Foam Insulation covers most Dallas areas, including the greater Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. We operate in a clean and safe manner to protect your clients and employees against exposure to chemicals.
Once the job is done, we clean up your space and leave you with an energy-efficient building.
With spray foam insulation, you’re elevating the energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness of your business, all contributing to greater savings. Get in touch with us today.