Spray Foam Insulation vs. Fiberglass Insulation

Everything we do begins with science

Everything we do at Foam Your Home begins with science. With our years of experience in the industry, we’ve learned a lot about how best to approach a project. We also understand the value of not only keeping up to date with the latest innovations but mastering them. When you work with Foam Your Home, you can count on us to provide thoughtful insulation solutions for your home’s unique needs.

So, what’s so important about using building science? In short, by understanding how your house breathes and how different materials perform in different settings, we can come up with a solution that’s scientifically proven to make your home more comfortable. Since heat rises and cold air drops, we’ll often look at a home’s attic to make this determination. A vented attic needs different things to heat or cool a home efficiently than an unvented attic would need. By sticking to the science, we can begin a project with a base understanding of what will likely work best in your home, then test from there.

Older homes

If your home is older, it was probably built with a more out of date form of insulation, like fiberglass. Fiberglass is a good fit for retrofit homes, which often have wind washing or white washing in their attics. Where does my attic insulation go? Great question! Wind washing happens when vented attics bring in air that pushes back and degrades your insulation, releasing dirty air into your home. White washing makes your insulation act like a filter, which also degrades its quality. If you’re noticing that your older home is less comfortable, it might be time to adjust the insulation. We offer high quality blow-in insulation services that will help your fiberglass insulation to perform above and beyond your expectations.

Newer Homes

Newer homes, on the other hand, are often constructed with spray foam insulation in mind. In order for spray foam insulation to work in your home, the HVAC system and water heater must be compatible with spray foam. Unlike fiberglass, which can often act as a filter if it’s not performing the way that it should, spray foam is an air seal. Closed cell spray foam works best on homes with concrete walls or metal roofs, like barn houses and barndominiums. (Visit our sister business, OKIE Barndominums, for more information!) Open cell spray foam is a better choice for wood substrates, like Zip Board or OSB. In any case, Foam Your Home provides unbeatable spray foam insulation services for new construction projects and existing structures alike.

Let us use the latest technology to keep your home comfortable and save you money.

If you’ve got questions about whether fiberglass or spray foam is the best choice for your project, give us a call! We’re happy to give you the information you need, as well as schedule an onsite consultation to get the ball rolling.