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Why We Only Insulate Homes with Foam Insulation
Rian Dufty

By: Rian Dufty on September 4th, 2019

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Why We Only Insulate Homes with Foam Insulation

air seal  |  allergens  |  injection foam insulation  |  spray foam insulation  |  energy efficiency  |  home insulation

Some insulation contractors dabble in a little bit of everything.

They might offer injection foam for your walls and fiberglass for your attic, crawl space, and rim joist. Other contractors work in windows, siding, and roofing – you name it, they got it.

Then you run into insulation contractors like us, who are specialized in one material and one material only.

As a customer concierge here at RetroFoam of Michigan I have this conversation with homeowners pretty frequently. We have insulated more than 14,000 homes since 2002 with foam insulation. This is the insulation material we specialize in because we know it’s benefits are a great fit for homeowners who want a more comfortable home while cutting down their monthly energy bills.

Educating homeowners is kind of our thing, so let me share with you the reasons why we only insulate homes with foam insulation.

Why We Only Use Foam Insulation to Insulate Homes

When I am talking to a homeowner who asks if we offer fiberglass or cellulose, my go-to response is “spray foam insulation is a superior product compared to traditional products.”

Then I get into the technical stuff, which I’m about to tell you all about. It really comes down to the benefits of foam insulation and what we know it can achieve for homeowners.

Here are the benefits of foam insulation we talk about and why it’s the only insulation product we use.

Healthier Home

Foam insulation is great if you are looking to reduce the pollutants and allergens that get inside your home because it creates an air barrier.

This is possible because foam insulation reduces air movement and you know what travels in that air? Allergens.

The thing about fiberglass and cellulose is that they allow for air movement, which means more allergens and pollutants getting into your home.

There is also the issue of moisture retention. 

The injection foam and open cell spray foam we use allows moisture to move through it while not retaining it. Traditional insulation holds that moisture, which leads to the growth of mold – another health hazard for your home.

The materials themselves can also cause your allergies to kick up, as cellulose produces dust when disturbed that can get everywhere. Fiberglass is a little different in that it doesn’t create dust when disturbed, but if you come in contact with it the glass fibers can embed in your skin and even your eyes and lungs.

Creating an Air Seal for a More Comfortable and Energy Efficient Home

The next thing that is on every homeowner’s mind is “how is foam insulation going to save me money?”

This is a great question and another reason why we only install foam insulation. Both injection foam and spray foam insulation create the air seal I mentioned before. If there is no air leaking out of your house or into your home, then your furnace and air conditioner kind of get a break.

Here’s how it works.

The air seal is keeping the air you pay to heat or cool inside your home where you want it. That same air seal is also keeping out the hot or cold air you are trying to avoid.

By creating this air seal in your home, the foam insulation could pay for itself within several years with the energy savings you get. This is why we only use foam insulation because we want homeowners like you to save as much money as possible on your heating and cooling bills.

Another thing you should know is that cellulose and fiberglass aren’t capable of creating an air seal in your home.

The Lifespan of Foam Insulation

The thing about traditional insulation is that over time it will need to be replaced and in the case of cellulose, maintained constantly.

This is why homeowners often ask how long spray foam insulation lasts.

Lucky for you, foam insulation has a much longer shelf life and by much longer I mean it will last the life of your home.

Foam insulation never breaks down and never loses its shape over time like traditional insulation. It won’t sag, settle, or shift and doesn’t lose its insulating abilities either. Foam insulation will literally be the last insulation you will need to install in your home.

The Lifetime Warranty We Offer

This isn’t so much a benefit of foam insulation, but more of a benefit of doing business with us.

We stand behind our products and our workmanship, so we offer a lifetime warranty on both for our foam insulation services. This lifetime warranty covers all of the labor performed during the installation of the foam insulation for the life of the home.

If you decide to move, it’s 100 percent transferable to the new owner which can be a pretty great selling point.

We just want you to know, after the job is done, we will still be here if you ever need us.

Getting Foam Insulation for Your Home

Only installing foam insulation aligns with our mission of creating a home that is comfortable, while also being energy efficient and saving the homeowner money.

If you want to check out all of the benefits that come along with foam insulation, check out the Learning Center on our website. You’ll find a lot of great resources here about cost, the installation process, financing, and much more.

If you want to see if foam insulation is the perfect fit for your project and would like to have a project manager out to take a look, you can request a free estimate by filling out the form on our website or giving us a call at -866-900-3626.

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About Rian Dufty

With more than six years of customer service experience, Rian joined the RetroFoam of Michigan team as a customer concierge. A typical workday for Rian includes answering calls, calling homeowners, scheduling estimate appointments, and following up with homeowners after their installation. When Rian isn’t at work, she spends her time with friends, family, and her dog Cooper.