Don’t Buy the Hype! Learn What “Green” Really Means

Here at Foam It Green we couldn’t be more excited that environmental awareness is growing in popularity.

Going green cuts back on waste, conserves natural resources and, most importantly, makes the world a healthier place for future generations. When you make efforts to go green, you show your commitment to the future.

But, unfortunately, not all companies see it that way.

Some companies see the green movement as a trend that they can exploit for profit. They simply add the word “Green” or “Eco” to their packaging in order to drum up sales.

At the International Builders Show this year in Las Vegas, almost every major brand proclaimed itself green, but there were few substantial changes to the product or the way they did business.

Now, take a moment and ask yourself, do you think meatloaf is a vegetarian recipe because it contains half a cup of onions?

Would you believe a company that marketed meatloaf that way?

No, you would laugh at the absurdity of the claim, and the company would be mocked on the headline news.

Then why is it that many products can get away with claiming they’re “green” based on an added ingredient?

Cleaning products are great examples because they don’t claim to have a green benefit like saving energy. So, if the ingredient doesn’t have a green effect, then what does make it green? The way it’s produced?

That’s what these companies would like you to think, but the net ecological effect of including natural ingredients is notoriously hard to calculate.

Is it better to grow more lemons for a cleaning liquid than use X chemicals (or worse still, just add the lemons too)? Are biofuels better for the environment even if they drive deforestation?

An analysis of this give and take is very difficult to come by, so why go with these less effective ingredients?

Speaking of vegetarian, soy is a product which is commonly seen as ”green”, despite the fact that it is one of the most genetically modified crops in the world.

But, the reality of soy matters much less than the public perception. And some spray foam companies are using that cache to sell insulation.

Soy-based spray foams are popular now because they clearly have a natural ingredient. However, most soy-based spray foams still require lots of petroleum in their production. Whoa, I bet that wasn’t clear in the marketing, was it?

So, now you know that soy isn’t as ”green” as most people think, and soy-based foam requires additional petroleum for production.

But, it must be more effective then, right?

Wrong.

Almost all of them are open cell foams. Now why does this matter? Because open cell foams have a lower R-value, they’re less able to seal out air and they retain moisture.

In just 1 inch, closed cell foams seal out the air leaks that are wasting up to 40% of the energy used to heat and cool our nation’s buildings. Now you see why the U.S. Green Building Council loves closed cell spray foam insulation. usgc

They believe that a little petroleum used to save a lot of petroleum to heat and cool homes is well worth it.

Energy efficient windows would still be green if their production requires embodied energy and resources, because they save much more energy than it costs to make them.

Likewise, it requires less energy to make closed cell spray foam kits.

Moreover, they save much more energy because they seal out air like no other insulation.

In closing, we need to out-smart the companies who are sticking “Eco” or “Green” on their product without much thought and without changing their ways.

Maybe more natural ingredients make something Greener, but environmental impacts are not always clear to end consumers.

The cleanest and clearest way is to ask about the environmental impacts themselves: does it save more energy, does it reduce our carbon footprint, or reduce our demands on the earth? If so, then that’s green.

And if that green product saves you a little green too, what could be better?

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How Much Savings Can You Expect From Spray Foam?

Have you been reading up about spray foam insulation for months, and are wondering how it can save you so much money?

And is that savings worth the price difference between it and traditional batting?

Here is the skinny on how spray foam gives you a fat wallet, and how Foam it Green can work with any budget.

You don’t have to hire expensive contractors, you don’t have to take the day off from work to let a team of workers into your home, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg. You also don’t have to settle for the less-effective fiberglass option.

With a quick read through this post, you will discover how you can get fantastic results with spray foam, no matter what your budget is.

How to Get Your Money-Saving Insulation Project Started.

  1. Prioritize. Start your insulation project by thinking about where you can get the most bang for your buck. A good rule of thumb is to insulate areas with the most air leakage. Stopping air leakage will significantly reduce your energy usage, since the air you pay to condition won’t be able to escape outside.
  2. Use the Hybrid Method. If you want to get the benefits of spray foam but want to save some money, you can combine insulation types and get fantastic results. It only takes 1” of closed cell foam to stop air leakage, resist moisture penetration, and get an R-value of 7. So use 1” of foam, then you can cover it with fiberglass to bulk up on R-value.
  3. Look at the ‘Big Picture’. Sure, it’s easy to see a lower price tag on fiberglass and think it’s cheaper, but take a moment to think about what that fiberglass will really cost you.

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First, fiberglass often has to be replaced, because it collects dirt, dust, moisture and even pests. Just imagine how the air filter in your furnace would look if you didn’t change it for 50 years; that could be what your old fiberglass looks like! Scary. Closed cell spray foam, however, is far too dense to allow dirt, dust, moisture or pests to collect. You just apply it once, and you’re done.

Second, fiberglass will cost you up to 40% more on energy bills, compared with spray foam. That’s because fiberglass is practically like a sieve; air travels straight through it. Spray foam, on the other hand, stops air leakage so you can significantly cut down on your energy use.

In closing, there’s no denying that spray foam is cheaper in the long run and more effective than fiberglass. And, spray foam insulation is well within your grasp.

So, want to get your project started? Check out some of our project planning website features, or give us a call!

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All About Attics!

Spring is finally here and it’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and make some upgrades to your home.

So after you finish spring cleaning, why not get to work and made some easy insulation upgrades?

To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend insulating your attic.

Getting an air tight seal and high R-Value in your attic can reduce your bills by a whopping 40%.

We could write pages and pages of information about why insulating your attic is important, but instead we would like to show you!

So, here are the Top 5 Attic insulation videos to get your project started:

  1. Two Easy Ways to Insulate your Attic
  2. To Baffle or not to Baffle
  3. Fact or Fiction: Open Cell Foam Prevents Leaks
  4. Easy Insulation Tips for Drywalled Ceilings
  5. Overhead Project Advice in Under 5 Minutes

With these 5 videos you’ll get the info you need to start insulating, and start saving on energy bills.

To learn even more, check out our attic project guides, and our large collection of customer testimonials.

 

Sources:

http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/videos-a-how-tos/projects-how-to-insulate-an-attic-floor-with-foam-it-green

http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/videos-a-how-tos/projects-how-to-insulate-attic-rafters-with-foam-it-green

http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/why-choose-us/customer-reviews?project=Attic&state=all&gender=all&product=all

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Should I Use Baffles in my Attic?

Q: Should I use baffles in my attic?
A: You would only need baffles if you plan to insulate the attic rafters and want to maintain ventilation.

Ventilation is not necessary if you plan to use closed cell foam to encapsulate the attic.

That’s because closed cell foam prevents condensation since it resists moisture penetration, and is an air barrier.

So you can close off ridges and soffit vents, apply foam directly to the underside of your roof, and get fantastic results.

If you prefer to maintain venting, or if your shingle warranty requires it, you can easily install baffles and spray foam on top.

Baffles are available in cardboard and rigid foam. Cardboard baffles have a lower price point, but we do not recommend them because cardboard can absorb moisture.

Rigid foam baffles are sold in strips which you nail into the roof decking. To use these baffles, start by closing off soffit vents with foam board, then install baffles from the bottom of the roof’s peak.

Make sure you overlap each baffle as you work your way to the peak of the roof. This will ensure that air is able to move unimpeded from vent to vent.

Then, apply spray foam directly onto the baffles and you are good to go!

Whether you choose to use baffles or not, you will get fantastic results when you encapsulate your attic.

To learn more about baffles and other insulation tools, check out our project guides and videos.

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How Can I Use Foam Board to Insulate?

Q: How can I use foam board to insulate?

A: Foam board is an awesome insulation option. Foam board, like spray foam, is closed cell, and polyurethane based.

The most commonly used foam board is called Extruded Polystyrene Foam, or XPS for short. You may also hear it referred to as ‘blue board’, or ‘pink board.’

This foam has an R-Value of 4.5 – 5 per inch, is affordable, and light-weight.

You can get fantastic results using foam board in combination with spray foam. All you have to do is adhere the foam board first, then spray 1″ or more on top of the board.

By installing the spray foam on top of the board, you will get an air tight seal, resistance to moisture penetration, and a super high R-Value. Plus, Foam It Green also prevents mold growth thanks to our Anti Microbial Formula.

To learn more about spray foam, and to get detailed project guides check out the ‘For Homeowners’ section on our website.

http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/home-owners/residential-applications

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Do I Need to Cover Foam It Green with a Vapor Barrier?

Q: Do I Need to Cover Foam It Green with a Vapor Barrier?

A: Vapor barriers, and vapor retarders are designed to reduce diffusion in your walls, and thus, prevent condensation.

You may, or may not need to cover Foam It Green with an additional vapor barrier, depending on local codes.

Water vapor, unlike condensation,is always traveling throughout your house.

When you have a window open on a humid day, when you draw a bath, or boil a pot of water, you are creating vapor.

Diffusion only accounts for 2% of water vapor movement in your home, compared with 98% due to air coming into your home from outside.

That means that insulating with a material, like spray foam, which stops air leakage will reduce the vapor in your home by nearly 100%.

Foam It Green’s closed cell foam is a Class III vapor retarder.

In many parts of the country a Class III rating qualifies as a vapor barrier, but some codes may require that you add an additional vapor barrier.

If you aren’t sure if an additional vapor barrier is required, give your local code office a call and ask them two quick questions:

  1. Is a vapor barrier required?
  2. If yes, what class of vapor retarder is required?

If a Class 1, or ‘Class II or better’ (meaning Class II or I) vapor retarder is required then you should cover the foam with kraft paper.

And remember that whether you add an additional vapor barrier or not, you have already cut down on 98% of vapor by insulating with spray foam.

Got questions about vapor barriers or other building science topics? Give us a call!

Our Project Specialists are here to help at 1-800-516-0949.

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Is Foam It Green Flame Retardant?

Q: Is Foam It Green Flame Retardant?

A: Foam It Green’s standard kits do contain flame retardants.

Both our open and closed cell foam is Class 1 (E-84).

“Class 1″ foam means that the foam has been tested for flame spread and smoke development, according to the ASTM E-84 tunnel test for surface burning characteristics.

If your insulation project won’t be covered in drywall we recommend checking with your local building inspector.

Many of our customers have been approved to leave foam exposed, but depending on local code, you may need to cover the foam with a thermal barrier or fire barrier.

To learn more about Foam It Green, check out our project guides, or give us a call!

Our Project Specialists are here to help at 1-800-516-0949.

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Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green!

April is a month when not only are plants turning green, but many people are inspired to go greener at home thanks to Earth Day.

These days there are so many reasons to go green, from keeping the air in your home healthy and clean, to reducing your dependence on natural resources, to saving money.

And there are so many ways you can green up your home.

The first is to reduce how much electricity you use.

Believe it or not, roughly 10% of your electric bill is electricity used by leaving appliances plugged in. You can save on your bills and reduce your electricity use by unplugging electronics and appliances when they aren’t in use.

Another way to reduce your energy usage is by stopping air leakage in your home.

Those annoying drafts you feel in the winter are more expensive than you think. Up to 40% of your energy bill is air that escapes through air leakage.

Sealing up two of the areas most prone to air leakage, the attic and rim joists, will increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system, reduce your bills, and reduce your energy usage.

So, why not get into the Earth Day spirit and go green with Foam It Green!

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Bug Season! They’re Ba-ack!

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Every season has its ups and downs, and in spring, along with the warm weather and blooming flowers we also get some sneaky critters trying to get into our houses.

Ants, fruit flies, bees, and even, if you are unlucky, mice. Yikes! Those critters just can’t help it. They just keep trucking through hill, valley, house, wherever, in search of food and shelter. And if you don’t have your home buttoned up you could be in trouble.

So, let’s take a look at one of the ways those sneaks can get into your house, and how you can keep them out!

One common point of entry is through the basement or crawlspace.
(See our basement >> and crawlspace >> how-to guides)

This area of the house is not only prone to higher levels of moisture, but its cold and damp climate makes a perfect home for unpleasant bugs like slugs and centipedes.

To keep them from getting into your living space, consider applying closed cell spray foam to the concrete walls, rim joists, and the ceiling of the room. In addition to keeping out pests, it will also keep the room dry, keep your floors nice and warm, and cut down on air leakage.

So, that’s just one of the ways to keep your home comfy and pest-free.

After sealing up your basement you can also insulate the attic, and check your windows for cracks and air leaks.

Now, if only we could also seal bugs out of our backyards… maybe a bug-free biodome is in our future.

But until that day it’s nice to know that you can keep your house bug-free with a few easy DIY projects.

 

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3 Easy Projects for Spring!

Paper family and house  in grassThere is nothing more inspiring than a warm sunny day. When the windows are open and the sun is shining, the world is your oyster! Here at Foam it Green, we love tackling DIY projects as much as you do.

So, here are our favorites, from our home to yours!

1. Brighten your home with mirrors
Don’t let that sunlight go to waste; place mirrors across from windows to increase natural lighting. If mirrors aren’t your thing, consider painting window-facing walls in a silver or light grey. Brightening up the place won’t just bring a smile to your face, it will also lower your electricity bill since you can cut down on the hours you use lighting.

2. Turn your basement into a bar or screening room
If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you know how re-purposing an unused room can truly change your house.
You can quickly insulate your basement starting with just 1″ of closed cell foam to stop air leaks and reduce dampness. Then put up some drywall, paint, and start planning your next get together. And, an added bonus of spray foam is that it reduces sound transfer, so if you spray the ceiling of the basement you will be able to blast the stereo without waking the kids.  Grab a kit and get your basement sealed up this weekend >>

3. Make your own cooler!
Is your house the one on the block known for great cookouts? If so, then you know that most coolers are either too small or too expensive. So, why not make your own? Foam It Green’s closed cell spray foam is fantastic for coolers because it has a high R-value, resists moisture penetration, and prevents mold growth. Just find a container that can seal tightly – some customers have used 50 gallon drums and plastic storage benches- and then spray 3″ of Foam It Green on the inside.  Get your closed cell kit and have a brand new cooler by your next cookout >>

So those are three fun projects you can do this Spring, but there are still so many more.

What projects do you hope to tackle this year?

Foam it Green Spray Foam Insulation Kits are easy to use, quick to apply, and pay back through tremendous energy savings. Get yours today!  www.SprayFoamKit.com/products >>

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