Go Green With Mike Lopez Roofing

Servicing Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos since 1974

gogreenThere is no better insulating material that can fully seal your home, save on costly utility bills and protect your family’s health than spray foam insulation which provides clean, green, and long-lasting insulation with exceptional value.

Green Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Polyurethane spray foam has no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and no formaldehyde. Recognized for ENERGY STAR certification and LEED credits, it is becoming very popular as a clean, green, long lasting insulation. One writer notes “it is an insulation and an air barrier that promises a tighter home with less dust and mildew, ensuring better indoor air quality.”

  • Stops air and moisture infiltration
  • Saves on energy costs
  • Adds strength to the building structure
  • Is permanent and will not sag
  • Keeps dust and pollen out
  • Reduces capacity requirements, maintenance and wear on HVAC equipment.

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation…

is sprayed into walls as a liquid that expands and cures to create an insulating “shell,” and offers many “greener” qualities. It requires less thickness than fiberglass to achieve the same R-value, making it more energy efficient. It also meets many other “greener” criteria. It will not shrink and adheres to the surrounding structure, so there is no settling and no air gaps.

…is available in two forms – open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell SPF insulation, such as GACO Western -183, is less costly and has slightly higher R-values than fiberglass or cellulose, while closed cell products like GACO’s High Performance Insulation offer the highest R-values available as well as improved structural wall strength while acting as an air barrier.

Read more about Green Insulation at gacowallfoam.com

Why is SPF Insulation a Good Investment?

Investing in products to make homes more energy efficient pays significant dividends over a lifetime — with none of the wild fluctuations of Wall Street. Insulation contributes to:

  • Greater comfort
  • Even temperature distribution
  • Improved acoustics
  • Better moisture control, which can reduce floor squeaks, drywall cracks, structure damage and condensation
  • Potential for increased resale value: Installing proper insulation levels can also make your home more attractive to potential buyers. In fact, most buyers list energy-efficiency as a prime consideration. The reason? Buyers know they can buy a more expensive home if heating and cooling bills can be kept down.
  • A more environmentally friendly home
  • Lower energy bills* Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills.
  • According toa study done by Harvard University’s School of Public Health, 60% of the exising homes are likely to use more energy than newer homes, leading to very high heating and air-conditioning bills.
  • Even if you own a new home, adding insulation may save enough money in reduced utility bills to pay for itself within a few years and will continue to save you money for as long as you own the home.
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What Is An R-Value?

R-value is a measure of thermal resistance

An R-value is a rating used to measure how well insulation can resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating properties and the slower heat and cold flows through it.

How Insulation Works

Insulation resists heat flow.

To maintain comfort in your home, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner.

Other Resources

SprayFoam.com
THE Spray Foam Insulation, Roofing and Equipment Directory

SprayFoam.org
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

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