Uses For Foam Insulation


Properly insulating a home is essential to keep a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There is a variety of insulation products and they can all provide different levels of insulation depending on how they are used. These types of insulation are fiberglass, cellulose, rigid and foam. Though fiberglass, cellulose and rigid are less expensive, foam insulation is more commonly used. Foam is used because it takes up less space and it has greater R-values than other insulation. It is made up of a molded or extruded polystyrene or polyurethane. It can be in liquid or board form.

Liquid forms of foam insulation can be used in large or small quantities. Small quantities can be picked up at local hardware stores and used to insulate water pipes or air ducts. Whereas larger quantities are used to fill in wall cavities in existing buildings.  Molded forms are large sheets of insulation that are used for insulating flat roofs or walls and ceilings. This type can also be made in smaller quantities to be used in insulating concrete blocks or hollow cavities. Extruded forms of insulation are sturdier and are also used for insulating walls and ceilings.

Flat Roof, Foam, Attics, Pipe Insulation, Materials

Though foam is most commonly used to insulate walls and ceilings, it is can also be used to insulate Flat Roof, Foam, Attics, Pipe Insulation, Materials. Foam, when sprayed in walls or floor cavities can help with soundproofing a building. Foam boards, when layed in two or more layers over a roof surface, can be used to insulate a flat roof. If moisture is a problem, foam  boards can be used to form a barrier against water vapor.

When insulating a house, the attic is probably one of the most important parts of the home to insulate. Foam insulation is the most popular way to insulate the attic. Using foam as an insulator in an attic space, fills in any cracks that will prevent air from seeping into the house.

Another way to prevent heat loss from going though the attic, is to insulate the attic stairs. Fold down stairs are are often made up of a thin piece of plywood and do not seal properly. To insure proper sealing, a piece of foam weather stripping can be applied between the door and the frame. In addition the area in which the stairs fold into can be boxed in with sheets of foam insulation.

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Posted 2770 days ago
Soundproofing was something that I thought would cost me lots of money and wouldn't really work. When I read about using foam in wall cavities I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I tried it out in one room. I was really pleased with the results, so I am now working my way round the house using the foam wherever I can.
Lorri
Posted 2770 days ago
Until I read the info on your site I wouldn't have even considered how I could reduce the levels of moisture in my roof. By using foam boards I was able to lower the moisture levels really quickly and help to increase the levels of heat within the house at the same time. This is something that I have been trying to do for ages.
Mirian
Posted 2770 days ago
I would tell anyone with a flat roof to use molded forms to insulate it. Molded forms work really well and they are so simple to fit too - I have no experience in home improvements and I managed it within a few hours, which is very good going for me. I will be looking into different types of insulation for my walls now.
Krishna
Posted 2770 days ago
Insulating the attic stairs is something that never crossed my mind at all. I always could feel a draft in my hallway (below the attic stairs) and could never work out where it came from. I followed your advice and used weather stripping to seal up the door and frame and it worked instantly. No more draft in the hallway anymore.
Rosana
Posted 2770 days ago
Using liquid foam to fill in any cracks in your attic space. I had a massive problem with cold air coming in and thought I would have to pay a fortune to have it sorted out. By using liquid foam I have made my attic a breeze free zone and it is so much better for it.
 

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