Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.
Most people think of rolled insulation when they think of insulating their home. They frequently think of pink insulation too, although insulation comes in a variety of colors. However, if you need to add more insulation to your home to make it energy-efficient, you should consider spray foam insulation. Here are three benefits this insulation has over rolled insulation.
It Expands to Fill Spaces
Rolled insulation does not fill all those little gaps, nooks, and crannies that exist in your walls and attic. It just rolls out and is stapled to the wood stud boards. Spray insulation, on the other hand, is compressed and shoots out a sort of reverse-vacuum machine into the walls and attic. As it hits the boards, it quickly expands and fills out to fit a lot of the smaller openings rolled insulation misses. Because spray insulation is less dense due to its compressed nature, it is also easier to manage and disperse.
It Still Lets Your Home "Breathe"
While you definitely want your home to be more energy-efficient, you also want it to still "breathe" a little bit. A house that is able to "breathe" is able to release just enough excess heat or cold air with air impurities so that you and your household can be quite comfortable and not become ill from all of the stale air that otherwise would be trapped. The air can circulate through your home and upward through the attic without too much restriction.
If It Becomes Wet, You Have Two Options
If you end up with a leak in your attic or walls, and the spray insulation becomes wet, you can do one of two things. One, remove the small bits of loose spray insulation that are wet to discourage the growth of mold and mildew. Two, if the soaked insulation is only going to be wet a day or two, and there are intensely hot temperatures following, you can leave the insulation where it is because it will dry out. The particularly nice feature to spray insulation is that because it is shredded bits, you can remove just what is wet and blow more in in its place. You do not have to rip up entire sections of wet insulation like you would with the rolled insulation.
Add It to Existing Insulation
If you already have rolled insulation in your walls and attic, you can add spray insulation to this existing insulation. Whatever will fit in the walls and lay on top of the rolled insulation will be fine. It increases the R-value of the existing insulation.Share
9 August 2019