SprayEZ Ceiling Insulation
Ceiling insulation is one of the most important steps in home construction, and yet 90% of homes are under insulated. That means it falls on you as a homeowner to pick up the slack! Ceiling insulation consists of the layer between your internal and external walls as well as the space between your ceiling and floors. If you can imagine a home as a human body, then picture insulation as the flesh of the home. Insulation is needed to control the air flow in a home – to keep the cold air in during summer, and the hot air in during winter.
It is important to have good ceiling and floor insulation because air will travel up and out if it can. As a homeowner, it is in your best interest to understand the benefits of ceiling and attic insulation and to inspect your ceiling and attic for insulation gaps. Installing or fixing ceiling insulation can be a DIY project, and there are several products on the market to make your life easier. SprayEZ’s insulation foam will expand and fill any crack or space that it is applied to. As you look over your ceiling, you will notice a lot of areas where SprayEZ’s ceiling insulation products could be useful. Continue reading to better understand the benefits of insulating your ceiling and/or filling the gaps and holes in your ceiling.
Benefits to Ceiling Insulation
Proper insulation in general means a number of improvements for your home. This means an enjoyable home temperature, the prevention of moisture and mold build-up in your walls or between your floors, less opportunity for air leakages, and more efficient use of energy. This translates into long-term financial savings and the prevention of ice dams in winter.
Specific attention is needed on the insulation between your floors because air leakage from your basement through the roof is one of the most common issues in air flow control. SprayEZ understands that air always seeks an equilibrium in temperature. So if you want to keep your home much colder than the outside temperature during the hot summer months, you are going head to head with the forces of nature. The congested cold air in your house will actively seek an escape route to combine with the hot air outside. Your challenge is to prevent it from escaping. That means having proper ceiling insulation, because we know that air will travel up through cracks in your walls and ceilings until it reaches the outside. The better your ceiling insulation, the less air will escape. So the obvious benefit of ceiling insulation is that you save energy and money! For more information about air flow and insulating the various parts of home, read more here.
Effective ceiling insulation will also prevent moisture from building up in between your floors and turning into mold. Insulation that fills the whole space between your ceiling and the above floor makes it impossible for air to get stuck, develop into moisture, and then possibly mold. SprayEZ has effective spray insulation products that act as moisture barriers. The spray foam products fill the gaps, closing off any air holes that represent breeding grounds for mold, and prevent moisture from seeping through. Ask a SprayEz representative to discuss the polyurethane products which prevent moisture seepage. Call us at 1-877-772-9629! We are happy to help you discover the best products to meet your ceiling insulation needs.
You should also note that mold is especially common in older homes with poor insulation, so you need to inspect your home properly for mold or areas where mold could grow. There are a number of different kinds of mold, and while not all of them are toxic, as a responsible home owner you want to avoid any occurrence of having to deal with mold of any variety. Not only can mold be costly to get rid of, but mold can be a health hazard to members of your family or you.
Best Practices for Ceiling Insulation
There are a number of steps involved in ceiling insulation and it is best to receive proper training at one of our sites from an expert before beginning a ceiling insulation project with spray foam.
Once you have access to your ceiling insulation area, make sure you check that you have the right product for the application. Each house plan comes with a different R-Value for interior and exterior renovation work. R-Value is the standard measure for insulation quality: the higher the R-Value, the greater the insulation power. You must consider the thickness standard as well as the type. Each region has a different standard, so make sure you comply with your region. Regions need to apply lesser or greater amounts of foam for ceiling insulation depending on the climate. Direct any questions you may have about the R-values of our polyurethane products or the R-value needed for your region to a SprayEz representative. For expert support and product information call us at 1-877-772-9629!
Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation (SPF) is a super effective way to insulate your home or attic. Spray Polyurethane Foam is a combination of chemicals which form a solid substance when mixed and sprayed. The chemicals expand on contact to fill the required space. SprayEZ makes its own, high quality foam on site.
Like solid state insulation, SPF must also follow the R-Value insulation code. The foam options that professionals use are high pressure or low pressure varieties, available in open-cell or closed-cell types. The climate and part of the home you are insulating will determine whether you use open cell or closed cell foam and how thickly the sprayed will be applied.
The closed-cell type is meant for a higher R-value home (or over 6.0 per inch). The thickness and strength of the closed-cell SPF means there is a low moisture vapor permeability – a major element of effective heating and mold control. The closed-cell will also act as a solid air barrier in your walls, with a high level of strength in its shape. Once it has hardened, it will not move over time. It will also resist water, absorb sound, and is of a medium density in comparison to the open-cell type of foam insulation.
The open-cell type corresponds to a normal R-Value of approximately 3.5 per inch. It allows for a higher moisture permeability, but does a better job of controlling the moisture. When it comes to blocking air movements, the open-cell can act as a barrier if it is applied at the full thickness of the wall. Unlike the closed-cell type it is more malleable, which means it has less strength. It also does not do well if it comes in contact with water, but it does absorb sound quite well and is of a lower density. For more information about open cell and closed cell foam, please click here!
After determining what R-Value your home should be at and the type of foam you need for ceiling insulation, you can conduct the appropriate measurements for the amount of space you need to fill, and then make your purchase.
Helpful Hints for Ceiling Insulation
Now you are ready to insulate your ceiling! Below are some handy tips for DIY ceiling insulation with SprayEZ; however, this list is not exhaustive and it is best to receive training from a SprayEz expert.
- When installing your insulation, make sure to protect yourself with a respirator, protective clothing, goggles, work gloves, and work boots covered with protective clothing. The spray foam is quite toxic and can harm the skin very quickly. Please ask a SprayEz representative about the chemicals used in our products.
- Make sure you have accurate measurements for where you want to spray insulation.
- Protect areas not being sprayed from the foam overspray.
- Discuss with a SprayEz representative how long your family and you must remain outside of your home after spray foam insulation. Pets must remain outside of the home too.
- Check the joints of your floor, because you will be standing on them as you work. The best trick is to place a piece of plywood across a number of planks, moving it around as you move.
- If you are working in your attic, it is important to take note of where your soffit vents are, and to leave them uncovered. The airflow through these vents helps to keep your roof cool, so any blockage would lead to long-term damage on your roof, which is a much costlier fix-up job than insulation! The best trick for this step is to staple plastic baffles on the roof sheathing near the eaves, so ensure the insulation is kept away.
- Always work from the perimeter of the attic or floor, towards the door or hatch. It makes it easier for you to move around without trampling over the fresh insulation you are laying down.
- The ceiling joists need to be covered so that you know how deep your insulation needs to be to match the required R-Value. You want to make sure the depth of the insulation is uniform across the ceiling space. Insulation should be put under electrical cables and under ductwork. Check local requirements or ask a SprayEz expert to determine how far spray foam insulation must be from electrical cables and other fixtures. It is important to keep spray foam away from electrical wires to prevent fires.
- Check pipes, exhaust fans, and ducts: You can fill any gaps around such fixtures with expandable sealant foam. However, you must first check that the materials of spray foam and the materials of the fixture may come into contact with each other.
- Inspect your roof for any leaks. Look out for water stains on the roof, or damp spots on attic joints to see if water may be coming in. If you need to insulate your roof, use SprayEz’s Expando Thane Roofing Polyurea.
- Protect light fixtures: Recessed cans or lights from the floor below become fire hazards if they come into contact with insulation material. You could create an air-tight box over the fixture with space between the fixture and box. Seal the box with contractors tape.
- Exhaust fans and vents need to face exterior: sometimes vents have been directed to empty attic space, thus trapping exhaust air within your home. Make sure to correct this if it is the case, so that your work is not done in vain.
As you can see, there are a lot of steps to achieving effective ceiling insulation in your home. One of the best products on the market for ceiling insulation is SprayEZ Expandable Insulation Foam because of its air and moisture barrier qualities. So make SprayEZ one of your home renovation allies, and start getting used to enjoyable home temperatures and lower energy bills. SprayEZ is an investment in your home, and what could be a more reliable investment?