As demand for spray foam insulation grows, so does supply. There are new SPF manufacturers popping up every year, including non-US-based companies. Even some companies who once competed with SPF suppliers by selling other forms of insulation have updated their business models and gotten into the spray foam insulation market. Everyone wants a piece of the energy efficient, builder and resident-friendly material known as spray foam.With more competition comes a wider range of quality and a deeper selection, so it’s imperative for architects, builders, general contractors, homeowners, and building owners to do their homework before choosing a brand. Each manufacturer formulates their brands/products differently, thus each brand is different than that of another company. They have different attributes, different R-values, different qualifications, certifications and ICC reviews, and different customer reviews/reputations. Bottom line is, some are better than others, and the same goes for manufacturers.
When it comes to residential and commercial building energy costs, heating and cooling the space is number one by a big margin. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE), the average home spends $1,300 annually on heating and cooling costs. Studies show 40 percent of that energy is lost due to air leaks and heat loss. It stands to reason anything one can do to make heating and cooling systems more efficient would save money on energy.
Spray foam insulation, or SPF, has been used regularly in both residential and commercial buildings since the 1970s, so we now have more than thirty years of performance data and scientific testing to analyze when determining the health and safety of this material. As a result, experts agree spray foam is safe and chemically inert if it is: