Harsh Wilkes-Barre winters make insulation a top priority for any home or business owner. Spray Foam Technologies provides expert service to the Wilkes-Barre, PA area for over 40 years.

What You Should Know About Spray Foam Insulation

Good or bad, there are lots of things many people in Wilkes-Barre, PA and it’s surrounding areas may not know about spray foam. We’re long time spray foam insulation contractors, for over 40 years now. We have extensive knowledge and experience. Spray Foam Insulation is a high level construction product that brings vast benefits. Some of these benefits are known by the majority of people but many are still unknown to many. In our experience, the bulk of contractors will say that strongest pros of Spray Foam Insulation are as follows.

The Multiple Benefits of Spray Foam

Obviously energy savings are one of the major benefits of implementing spray foam insulation in your home or business, however comfort, durability, and the capacity to easily control your temperature and humiduty indoors are the more substantial perks and selling features for home and business owners in the the Wilkes-Barre area.

Comfort, Energy Savings, & Durability with Spray Foam Insulation

Plenty of people in the Wilkes-Barre region ponder getting spray foam to realize energy savings at first, but many realize the real worth of spray foam insulation is living in a home that is always a comfortable temperature. When you think about it, having a comfortable temperature in your home takes more than just a setting on the thermostat. Reducing air infiltration and having greater ability to control humidity provide very important benefits that most homeowners never consider. Longevity and durability are also very relevant parts of insulation and it’s structure that should be considered in a properly insulated and sealed home.

Spray Foam Insulation R-Value

So many times people ask us, “What is the R-value of spray foam?” Most people near near Wilkes-Barre, PA probably think of R-value in relation to Spray Foam just because it’s all they’re familiar with after years of conditioning from the media and the home improvement industry. However it’s not really so simple? People don’t realize that comparing standard fiberglass insulation and it’s r-value to the r-value of spray foam is basically like comparing apples to oranges. Why do we say this?

Spray Foam Insulation vs Fiberglass

For so long, R-value has been directly correlated with the effectiveness and efficiency of insulation. We usually explain as follows. Imagine buying a couple acres of land in Wilkes-Barre for your dream home, but aside from it’s location, not knowing anything about the land other than it’s overall size. If you’re smart you’ll want to know if it’s flat land, a meadow, wooded territory, a rocky cliff, wetland, etc. Will it perc? Insulation is quite similar to this. R-value alone will never tell the full story. We wouldn’t expect you to read this whole article, but it explains some of the many r-value myths:

R Value Fairy Tale – The Myth  of Insulation Values

And even the r-value of fiberglass insulation may not be what you think because R-value ratings cater to fiberglass insulation. The website link above states:

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

How Much Does Spray Foam Cost and How Much Will We Save?

This may sound crazy, but savings is almost like a by-product of spray foam insulation. We really do not try selling people in Wilkes-Barre or anywhere on energy savings. And the reasin is, spray foam is quite honestly the best option available bar none. Now you have to remember that the typical installation cost of spray foam insulation may well be 2-3 times higher than fiberglass insulation, but it’s a one-time cost that will last for the lifetime of your home or structure. Fiberglass insulation is rarely a one time investment, and once again proves “You get what you pay for.”

What Makes Our Spray Foam Insulation Company Better?

Lower Priced Spray Foam Contractors

So you’ve probably figured out by now, lots of Wilkes-Barre residents call and ask “How much does spray foam insulation cost?” We’ve spoken to perhaps hundreds or even thousands over the years who regretted not finding us before they bought a spray foam insulation package from a competitor. Why do you ask? Our spray foam installation costs are generally much less. This is because we don’t have excessive or any franchise fees for that matter, and we refuse to waste your hard earned money on useless overhead costs that bring no benefits. So your spray foam project cost with us could be anywhere from 20-75% lower than higher priced companies with much less experience.

We always get the job right on your project the 1st time; plus we guarantee our work. It’s surprising, but we’ve even been asked by competitors to fix some of the projects they’ve worked on that didn’t go so well their first time.

Longevity & Experience in Spray Foam

To be quite honest, the length of time our business has been around and successful is head and shoulders above nearly all of the competition. Spray Foam Technologies was started by our owner Terry Demer’s father in the early 1970’s when spray foam was brand new. He was one of the original spray foam applicators, and not just in the Wilkes-Barre area, but trhoughout the entire East Coast of the United States. So we have an incredible amount of knowledge and experience that we can draw on that puts us ahead of region’s competition.

What Else is Important About Spray Foam in Wilkes-Barre & Northeast PA?

The Northeast Pennsylvania region (or NEPA as some call it), the Poconos, and the Wilkes-Barre region are all plagued with terrible issues when it comes to crawl spaces. Most crawl spaces are cold, wet, moldy nightmares. We fox a lot of crawl space issues for people. We use a “systems approach” to achieve proper crawl space remediation. Crawl spaces are a great application for spray foam insulation. It provides great thermal performance, as well as essential additional benefits. A quality closed cell spray foam installation is an effective moisture barrier in a homes most well known damp area and also eliminates access and nesting areas for rodents and unwanted creatures.

Our system always uses closed cell spray foam in a crawl space area for both walls & band joists, as well as a vapor barrier on the floor, a dehumidifier, and at times a sump pump. This creates a humidity controlled space that stops the excessive moisture that enables dangerous mold to thrive. Our system is the complete opposite of what unknowing folks believe they need in their crawl space. We frequently get requests to insulate crawl space ceilings, but this is often not the right course to take to fix moisture issues.