What is the R-value (insulation value) of ECOfoam's product?
ECOfoam has a few different foam products of different densities that we use on different project types. We do not believe that there is only product solution for every project. Although foam has the highest R-value per inch of any insulation, R-value (because of the way they test this value) is NOT a good measure of an insulation product's true performance. Our main open-cell foam product has an R-Value of 5.0 per inch (other companies are only 3.5) and our main closed cell product has an R-value of 7 per inch. Our cellulose product has an R-value of 3.5 per inch. Spray foam is the only insulation product that offers a true R-value because it is the only product that creates an air seal. Don't get caught up in the Myth of R-values. R-value means nothing without a true thermal air seal. Only spray-foam achieves this.
How does ECOfoam Foam Insulation increase the structural integrity of my home and make it more resistant to hurricane force winds?
Our denser foam products offer additional structural support to both walls and the roofs of any property. For roofs, our foam seals the soffit openings where hurricane force winds can sometimes get in and lift a roof off the top of a house. Walls become thicker and stronger with foam installed.
How does ECOfoam Insulation control indoor air quality and comfort?
ECOfoam Insulation provides a sealed thermal envelope. When applied, the insulation conforms and fills each cavity, crevasse and void. ECOfoam Insulation contributes to the overall comfort and health of the occupants of a home because there are no fibers or "clumps" of loose matter. By reducing air infiltration, the insulation also reduces dust and harmful, household mold and mildew. ECOfoam Insulation provides a healthier, draft-free, indoor environment with no harmful emissions that can cause allergic reactions.
How does ECOfoam Insulation control moisture movement and condensation?
Most damaging moisture within a building envelope cavity is the result of warm moist outside air being exchanged with the cooler dryer air inside an insulation cavity. As the moisture in the air condenses, it forms dew within the insulation. Because foam insulation is an air seal, this moisture movement and condensation does not occur. It is ideal for use in climates where buildings are both heated and air conditioned because the situation is reversed in summer with moisture forming on the back of the interior vapor retarder.
What is the flame spread and smoke development of BioBased Insulation that ECOfoam uses?
The foam has a flame spread of less than 20, and its smoke development is less than 400. For those reasons,our foam is a Class 1-rated material against fires. This is the highest rating an insulation product can receive for residential and commercial applications.
How is the insulation installed?
The Spray Foam insulation is sprayed into place onto a studded wall by a certified ECOfoam professional. As with any open surface, the foam insulation can be sprayed once electrical and plumbing services are in place. It then expands to up to 100 times its initial volume in seconds, permanently adhering to the surfaces of the surrounding building materials and sealing all gaps.
Does foam insulation cause any electrical wiring overheat problems or any problems to any metal surfaces?
No, foam insulation has been thoroughly tested and is not a concern to electrical authorities nor is it corrosive to any metals whatsoever.
I hear different opinions on open-cell vs. closed-cell foam. Which one is better and which one should I use for my property?
The answer to this question is: "It depends." First of all, ECOfoam sprays both types of foam so we don't have an axe to grind unlike other foam guys. The answer to this question depends on a few factors: Where and what are we spraying? Roof, Attic, Wall, Subflooring, Metal, Wood, Brick, etc.. Do you have a moisture barrier or house wrap (Tyvec) on your home? Are you trying to flood proof your home or do you just want the best insulation value for your money? ECOfoam owner John Kuchta will usually come to your property or look at your plans to make recommendations on the best application for your situation. Both types of foams are very effective for their intended purposes.
Can spray foam insulation be applied under my house below my wood floors if I have a raised home?
YES!! This is one of our favorite applications. In the winter time, those of us with raised houses suffer from cold, moist wood floors and in the summertime we lose much of our conditioned air through cracks in our floors. Applying our product under the wood floors or under subflooring not only creates an air seal and insulates the floor, but it also seals all the cracks, crevasses, and holes where rodents, roaches, and spiders enter our homes. The foam also will protect your wood floors from soil moisture rising from the ground to slowly rot your wood. Installing fiberglass batts under your floors can be a huge mistake because they tend to drop a few inches creating an air gap where moisture can penetrate and wreak havoc on your wood, not to mention creating a more pleasant environment for termites and rodents.
Does ECOfoam Insulation support bacteria of fungal growth?
Our product offers no food value. It is an inert substance; therefore it does not support bacteria or fungal growth whatsoever.
How long does ECOfoam’s Foam Insulation last?
Indefinitely. As an inert, long lasting polymer, any residential or commercial structure is a great place for our insulation.
How does spray-foam compare with fiberglass batts ?
1. Fiberglass batts will not stop air leakage (they might filter out some dirt and dust). Spray-foam will stop air leakage . . . dead. Spray-foam is also mold and moisture resistant unlike fiberglass. 2. Fiberglass batts have an R-value of about 3.5 per inch but this is not a true R-value since there is no air seal. Our spray-foam has a true R-value of 5-7 per inch depending on the density foam we use. Our cellulose product also seals gaps and has an R-value of 3.5 per inch. 3. Fiberglass batts can sag and shrink over time; this leaves sections uninsulated and you’ll feel warmer or colder because of it. Spray-foam completely adheres to wood and sheathing; the result is a permanent barrier to heat loss and air entry. 4. Spray-foam will add strength and rigidity to your house. Fiberglass batts will not.
Does the insulation contain formaldehyde?
Does the foam create a problem with rodents and insects eating the insulation?
No. ECOfoam Insulation is an inert substance so it is pest resistant. There is absolutely no food value to the insulation.
At what stage is the insulation installed?
For new construction or renovations, the insulation is installed after the windows, doors and roof systems are in, the electrical, framing and plumbing inspections are complete, and after any other electrical or mechanical system located behind the drywall is installed. It is the last installation to take place before drywall installation. On existing homes, the spray foam insulation can be installed to the attic, roof line, and sub-flooring to seal in the house. It is more cost effective to leave existing interior wall insulation in place.
Can homeowners install ECOfoam Insulation themselves?
No, it takes a certified, trained professional to install ECOfoam Foam Insulation because of the sophisticated equipment and experience needed to install it properly. ECOfoam thoroughly trains all its installers. Some members of our team have upwards of 15 yrs of experience in the spray-foam business. There are small do-it-yourself kits that one can use for 200sqft or less but the product cost alone is usually 30% higher than it would cost for ECOfoam to install the product for you.
What happens if the owners want to add an electrical outlet once the foam insulation is installed?
An outlet can be easily added since the spray foam insulation drills more easily than wood.
What kind of Building Professionals endorse foam insulation?
Everyone from cutting edge building scientists, engineers, insulation experts, Green Home specialists, mold experts, etc recommend the use of spray foam in new construction or renovations.
I have heard in the past that houses should breathe and have attic ventilation. Wouldn't spray-foam insulation seal my house too tight?
Your house DOES need to be ventilated, BUT most home engineers and building scientists (as well as the US Dept of Energy) advise that you seal the structure as tight as possible and provide necessary ventilation through your air conditioning and heating system. Many systems employ an "air exchanger" which pre-conditions incoming outside air to control humidity and energy efficiency. This type of design along with spray-foam creates a true Thermal Envelope.
How long has this type of insulation been around?
Spray foam has been around for more than 30 years for commercial and industrial use. It has gotten very popular for residential use in the last 10 years, especially in hurricane prone areas.