The Insul-Tech Difference

Beyond Insul-Tech’s superior quality, attention to detail, and highly experienced installers, we are a green company and want as many builders as possible to join with us in the middle of this energy crisis.

We also want to get potential home buyers and commercial building developers on board.  We want all builders to know that as energy prices continue to climb, that potential home buyers or commercial property leasers are going to be drawn to structures that provide lower energy bills.  This is more than a trend, it’s becoming a necessity; especially with spec homes and commercial properties.

In the case of spec homes and non-custom commercial properties, we will provide materials to promote that not only does this property produce lower utility bills, but that your construction company is on board with building structures that save energy.  We will also include any builder that works with us in the bulk of our ad campaigns (where space is available).

Why Spray Foam Insulation?

Measuring for the best in insulation means looking at three key points:

Absorption Rate

This refers to the amount of time it takes for the insulation to become the same temperature as the outside of the wall it is in.  In the case of fiberglass insulation, that absorption rate is only five hours, whereas with spray foam insulation the rate is closer to 54 hours.  So, unless you live in Alaska, spray foam is virtually unaffected.


Conductive Heat Resistance

A term that refers to the ability of an insulation product to prevent the transmission of energy (heat, for example) through it.  Spray foam insulation has one of the highest thermal resistance levels; much higher than the less expensive alternatives.  What this means for you is the temperature of your home or building is maintained at a much higher level.  So your heating and cooling units run an average of 40% less, which becomes money in your pocket and helps the environment through massive energy savings.


Convective Loss or Gain

Also called “convective heat resistance” is the leak of heat (or cooling) to the outdoors.  Depending upon the climate, up to 40% of a building’s heat loss or gain is due to gaps and cracks in the insulation.  Traditional fiberglass does a good job of acting like a blanket for your house, however, air can pass right through it.  Spray foam is an air-tight, spray-in-place solution that will cut convection losses down to almost non-existent.  This air-tight effect also helps keep out pollen, dust, and other pollutants.

An industry standard form of measuring the effectiveness of insulation is known as R-value.  It is said that the higher the R-value the better the insulation.  When using spray foam insulation, however, R-value has to be viewed in its true form.  R-values are determined by laboratories, which do not contain important elements such as wind and humidity; and they are at a constant temperature of 72 degrees.  If you lived in these conditions, there would be no need for insulation at all.  In real climates, the R-value of other cheaper alternatives, such as fiberglass, drops significantly.  When you use spray foam insulation the R-value is virtually unaffected.  As a result, we don’t have to put in nearly as much insulation or nearly as high of an R-value to easily out-perform the cheaper alternatives.  The result achieved is a much more comfortable home or building, and a much lower utility bill.

How Do We Compare?

One inch of fiberglass insulation has an R-value of R-3.14.  To compare, one inch of the 1.2 pound open cell foam that we use in your walls has an R-value of approximately 5.  The 2 pound closed cell foam has an R-value of approximately 7; but spray foam insulation just a few inches thick will out-perform many inches of fiberglass and cellulose.  The reason is that an R-38 batt of fiberglass or cellulose insulation, in real climates and winds, will perform inconsistently and at a much lower R-value.

Another unseen advantage in the spray foam products we install is the health risk associated with the others.  Spray foam is 100% non-toxic, while fiberglass is dangerous to inhale, or even touch.

All things considered, spray foam’s characteristics create a safer and more efficient insulation.