The severe winters in Hazleton necessitate effective insulation for both residential and commercial properties. Spray Foam Technologies has been offering its expertise in this area to the residents of Hazleton, PA, for more than four decades.

What Should You Understand About Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation is a topic that many people in Hazleton, PA, and across the US may not fully grasp. As contractors specializing in spray foam insulation for over 40 years, we possess a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Spray foam insulation is a remarkable product with countless, often overlooked, advantages. Most spray foam contractors will tell you that the prominent selling points and benefits include:

The Numerous Advantages of Spray Foam

While reducing your annual energy costs (heating/cooling) is a significant benefit of spray foam, the primary perks for Hazleton homeowners or business owners include comfort, durability, and the newfound ability to manage your indoor climate.

Spray Foam Insulation: The Key to Comfort, Energy Savings, and Longevity

Residents of Hazleton often opt for spray foam insulation to save on energy. However, they soon realize that the real beauty of spray foam insulation lies in its ability to create a truly comfortable home environment. This comfort goes beyond the number on the thermostat. The prevention of air infiltration and moisture control are crucial benefits that many seldom consider. These features, combined with the longevity and robustness of the insulation and the structure itself, contribute to a well-insulated and sealed home.

Understanding the R-Value of Spray Foam Insulation

We frequently get asked, “What is the R-value of spray foam?” Many people in and around Hazleton associate R-value with spray foam insulation due to years of conditioning by the home improvement sector. However, it’s not as simple as that. Comparing the R-value of conventional fiberglass insulation to that of spray foam is essentially comparing apples to oranges. But why is this the case?

Spray Foam vs Fiberglass Insulation

The R-value has been traditionally used to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of insulation. To illustrate, imagine purchasing a plot of land in Hazleton for your dream home, knowing nothing about the land except its size. Is it a flat field, a meadow, a wooded area, a rocky cliff, or a wetland? Is it suitable for a septic system? Similarly, insulation can be compared to this analogy. The R-value alone doesn’t reveal the entire picture. Although we don’t expect you to read the whole text, the linked article below debunks the myth of R-value:

The Fallacy of R-Value – The Myth of Insulation Values

Therefore, even the R-value of fiberglass insulation may not be as it seems. Fiber insulation is favored by R-value ratings. The link above provides more information on this.

Consider the R-value of an insulation after it has been submersed in water or as a 20 mile-per-hour wind blows through it. In either of these scenarios, the R-value of fiber insulations goes to zero. But those same conditions barely affect solid insulations. That’s why I believe that R-value numbers are misleading, meaningless numbers unless we know other characteristics.

David B. South

What are the Costs and Savings of Spray Foam Insulation?

While the energy savings are a noteworthy benefit of spray foam insulation, they are not the primary selling point in Hazleton because spray foam is already recognized as the industry benchmark. Despite the initial cost being 2-3 times higher than traditional insulation types like fiberglass, spray foam is an investment that pays off over the lifetime of a building. It’s important to remember that unlike spray foam, fiberglass insulation isn’t a one-time investment, which is a testament to the adage that you get what you pay for.

Why Choose Our Hazleton Spray Foam Insulation Company?

Affordability of Our Spray Foam Contractors in Hazleton

We often get asked, “What is the cost of spray foam insulation?” by many residents in Hazleton and beyond. It’s a question we encounter frequently, and we’ve met many people who regretted not discovering our services earlier before contracting another company for their spray foam insulation needs. Our pricing is often significantly more affordable than the competition. We do not impose heavy franchise fees and we ensure that no unnecessary overhead costs are passed onto you. As a result, we are typically able to offer spray foam project costs that are 20 to 75% less than less experienced companies. With us, you can rest assured that the job will be done right the first time, as we guarantee our work. We’ve even been called upon by competitors to rectify their failed projects.

Experience and Longevity in the Spray Foam Industry

Spray Foam Technologies, our company, boasts a history that outlasts most of our competitors. Established by the father of our current owner, Terry Demer, in the early 1970s, we have been in the spray foam business longer than most local and regional competitors. Our extensive experience allows us to provide a service that draws on years of industry knowledge.

Why is Spray Foam Important in Hazleton & Northeast PA?

In the Hazleton area, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Poconos region, there’s a widespread issue of damp, mold-ridden crawl spaces. Most of these spaces are constantly damp, excessively cold or hot, and teeming with mold. We frequently renovate these crawl spaces to permanently rectify these problems, using a systematic approach to overhaul the crawl space and eliminate these issues. Spray foam insulation is particularly effective in crawl spaces, not only because of its superior thermal performance, but also because of its other key benefits. Closed cell spray foam serves as a moisture barrier in the most humid parts of your home and prevents rodents from accessing and nesting in these areas.

Our comprehensive installation process includes applying closed-cell spray foam to the walls and band joists of your crawl space, laying a vapor barrier on the floor, installing a dehumidifier, and occasionally fitting a sump pump to create a controlled space that prevents the humidity that typically causes mold and mildew. Despite contradicting some popular beliefs about crawl space requirements, our system is proven to work. We often get requests to insulate crawl space ceilings, but this approach doesn’t effectively address the problem.