About 7 in 10 businesses in the United States say their customers demand that they get a portion of their energy from renewable sources, according to Deloitte’s Resources 2018 report.
Almost half of the companies in the country are currently trying to get more renewable energy. Among these businesses are big names such as Intel and Apple, which both have detailed climate change plans to reduce their carbon footprint, according to The Climate Reality Project.
Deloitte’s report, which surveyed over 1,500 households and 600 businesses in the US, showed an increase in the use of solar power throughout the country – from 37 percent in 2017 to 41 percent in 2018.
If you’re one of the businesses trying to get into solar power, you might also want to bundle it with sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation to maximize energy savings. Here’s how you can do it.
SPF & its Benefits
The American Chemistry Council, Inc fact sheet refers to SPF as a cellular plastic that’s turned into foam by mixing it with other chemicals.
When sprayed to a surface, it reacts and expands rapidly. It’s used as insulation, air sealant, and moisture barrier.
The plastic is really good at resisting heat and blocks unwanted air from seeping into cracks. These features help reduce energy costs, which is especially noticeable during the summer and winter.
The council also found that some SPFs may strengthen building structures further.
SPF has Two Types: Open or Closed-Cell:
Closed-cells have an advantage in terms of heat and moisture resistance. They’re also stronger than open-cells.
The only advantage that open-cell SPF has is that it absorbs sound better than its closed-cell counterpart.
Contractors usually have high-pressure systems or SPF kits for mid to large-sized projects. DIY-ers can opt for aerosol cans for minor home improvements.
SPF & Solar Energy Synergies
Roofing and solar energy contractors agree that SPF and solar panel installations provide significant energy savings when used together. SPF reduces the work – and, therefore, energy consumption – of HVAC systems with its cold and heat resistance function.
Solar power systems, on the other hand, lessen a building’s dependence on electrical grid power. Solar panels provide shade for SPF, which extends the lifespan of the latter.
Leak No More
SPF also helps in securing solar energy systems.
Attaching solar panels on a roof through penetration is a smart thing to do. It helps prevent the panels from falling off the structure and resulting in permanent damage.
This type of installation, however, might leave the roof open to water leakage. An article on Solar Builder Magazine stated that combining SPF with a suitable liquid membrane can provide a “double measure” of protection against leakage.
It also adds strength to the installation itself.
There’s no clean energy pairing that adds up quite like SPF and solar energy. One saves energy while the other sustainably provides it. It doesn’t stop at cost reduction, either.
This duo may increase the operational life of your HVAC system since it doesn’t have to work overtime during extreme heat and cold weather.
While the SPF and solar energy combo might still be picking up steam, their future looks as bright as the sunlight they’re constantly exposed to.
Choosing the Right Insulation & Roofing Contractor
When it comes to getting SPF insulation, you need to hire professionals that are well-versed in installing the product.
Here at A&L Foam Insulation Inc, we make sure you save energy in the long run with our SPF insulation services.
We can install SPF without dismantling your old roofing system, so it’s business as usual for you while we work on your roof.
Contact us today to know more about our roofing and insulation services.