Open Cell vs. Closed Cell
You have finally decided to allow Waco Spray Foam Insulation to install your spray foam insulation. The next step is to decide which type of insulation process we will use, open-cell or closed-cell. You won't be able to make this decision unless you know what these things mean. While we can't tell you everything that you need to know, we will tell you what we think you need to know now so that you’ll at least understand the difference. The way that they are applied and their level of efficiency differ, which is why you need to know what the differences are.
Open-cell foam is pliable, lightweight and easy to work with. On the other hand, closed-cell foam is very challenging to work with because it is dense and rigid. If new wiring needs to be installed, it will be a lot easier to put it through open-cell spray foam due to its pliability. Knowing about the composition of these types of foam will make it possible for you to determine which type is best suited to your needs. We’ll advise you of the composition and its components so that you can decide with works best for you.
How Much Do they Expand
Open cell and closed cell spray foam expand to different levels. Open-cell spray foam offers a high expansion rate, often as much as 100 times more. This would make it perfect for homes since it is capable of getting into every nook and cranny of the walls, crawl spaces, rim joists, and attics. Closed-cell spray foam has very little expansion properties once applied. This is often why homeowners choose to go with open-cell spray foam for their insulation needs.
Depending on the spray foam brand, open-cell foam is moisture permeable. Closed-cell foam is 100% moisture impermeable. We know that you're probably thinking that the impermeable moisture option sounds best, the open cell foam might be a better option, especially if you experience a leak. The foam becomes discolored and this discoloration will let us know where the leak is coming from. Closed-Cell spray foam will only hide the leak until the water has already built up and caused a bigger issue than you already have on your hands.
Which Is Best Open Cell or Closed Cell Spray Foam
This is a question that only you and the contractor handling your spray foam insulation can answer. There are determining factors that will be discussed with you once you sit down and consult with us about your insulation needs. There is still more that you need to know before you make a final decision about the type of spray foam that you want to have installed. We'll walk you through the pros and cons of each type so that you can make a well-informed decision. We'll help you get lasting benefits through the insulation efforts of our team of highly skilled professionals.