Spray Polyurethane Foam, or SPF, is a high-performance insulation material commonly used in homes and buildings
throughout Utah. SPF is particularly known for its ability to help improve the health, comfort, and energy efficiency of a home.
Use of the material can dramatically reduce the energy costs associated with heating and cooling, while helping to keep the home interior comfortable year-round, even as the seasons change.
SPF has been used as insulation in homes and buildings for decades. As a homeowners, you may have questions about the material and how well it works. At Eco Elements, we pride ourselves on being a resource to help you better understand the benefits of spray foam and what it can do for your home.
SPF acts as a single-material solution for thermal, air, vapor and water vapor transmission through the home’s building envelope, or enclosure. Think of the enclosure of the home as what a set of clothing is for the human body on a windy, damp winter day. A sweater (fibrous insulation) provides insulation (R-value) to retain body heat – but it does not stop wind (air movement) or control moisture. You would need a thin waterproof windbreaker (air barrier and vapor retarder) to block the wind as opposed to just wearing a sweater. SPF insulation is the only insulation inside stud walls that can provide R-value, air barrier and vapor barrier in a single product.
As a thermal insulator, SPF is one of the highest performing insulations available. Spray applied by professional installers, the material forms in-place. It fully adheres and initially expands to eliminate cracks and gaps that leak air or water vapor. It may also be applied in a continuous layer, eliminating most thermal bridges caused by framing. These thermal and air-sealing qualities of spray foam are what directly result in lower home energy bills. Closed-cell SPF, a denser and more rigid version of the material, also provides structural enhancement and can qualify as both a water vapor retarder, a water-resistant insulation and secondary water barrier. It may be applied on the interior of walls, as well as along exterior walls as continuous insulation – above or below grade.
Our spray foam insulation helps stop unwanted heat transfer, helping Utah homeowners keep a more balanced indoor living environment.
Adding spray foam insulation is a cost effective way to improve the insulation in your home and can help save money year-round.
Soon after installing spray foam insulation, you’ll recognize an immediate difference in the comfort levels of your home – stay cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
Most traditional insulation materials work by slowing conductive heat flow and — to a lesser extent — convective heat flow. Eco Elements’ Multi-Layer systems work by stopping radiant heat gain year-round.
This Eco-friendly type of insulation is perfect for fitting in closed off walls and areas like in an attic that have wires or ducts which can cause obstructions with other forms of insulation.