Is spray foam insulation more expensive than traditional insulations?

| by Jennifer Wilson
Is spray foam insulation more expensive than traditional insulations?

Yes, but you’re not exactly comparing apples to apples with that question. When compared to traditional insulations like fiberglass or cellulose, spray foam insulations like DuraTite™ or BioBased Insulation® by Rhino Linings do cost more upfront, but keep in mind:

  • With spray foam you are getting an insulator and an air barrier in one product. That difference will save you money each month by decreasing heating and cooling costs.
  • Because the energy demand on your home is lower, a smaller, more economical heating and cooling system can usually be installed.
  • Many times you can reduce or eliminate the use of other building materials when you use foam, such as soffit vents, ridge vents, attic ventilation fans, radiant barriers or vapor retarders.
  • You can usually finance the cost difference as part of your mortgage, so the increase to your overall monthly mortgage payment will be relatively minimal, and in virtually every case will be offset by the energy savings.
  • There are energy-efficient tax credits and rebates available from the federal government, state governments and utilities to help offset the cost of spray foam in retrofit applications.
  • Many times the energy savings from spray foam can help you qualify for an Energy Efficient Mortgage which can save you money.


Topics: Building Green, Foundations, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation

Companies: Rhino Linings


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