Find out why closed cell spray foam insulation may be great for your home
With our rich history & culture, low unemployment, good food and great views, Massachusetts is one of the best places to live in the United States. But when there’s little else to complain about there’s always the weather. Massachusetts has a humid, continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and warm summers. Annual rainfall averages at about 44 inches, with a roughly uniform distribution through the year. Temperatures can exceed 90 °F (32.2 °C) in the summer and dip below 0 °F (-17.8 °C) in the winter. Massachusetts is susceptible to nor'easters and severe winter storms. Summers bring an average of 30 days of thunderstorms. Massachusetts is also vulnerable to hurricanes. With three direct hits by major hurricanes since 1851.
Mark Twain is quoted as having said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Interestingly, it is believed that Mr. Twain made this comment about the New England weather.
While there is still nothing that you can do to change the weather in Massachusetts there is certainly something you can do to lock the weather out and perhaps that is what Mark Twain was speaking about – insulation (or so would like to believe!). With outside temperatures breaching the thermal comfort zone at both ends, good home insulation is vital for maintaining an optimal temperature inside. Effective insulation helps you lock out the weather while improving energy efficiency and reducing your energy bills.
Closed cell, spray polyurethane foam (CCSPF) insulation is an excellent choice for home owners in the Massachusetts area. CCSPF air seals and insulates your home and buildings to reduce drafts and increase occupant comfort. It has a higher R-value that helps reduce heat transfer better than other insulation materials. CCSPF is spray applied on-site during construction or renovation. As it is sprayed, it expands into a foam many time its liquid volume. It sticks to the surface and contours of the sprayed area, filling in cracks and crevices that may cause air and water infiltration. It insulates and air-seals wall cavities, attics, basements and crawl spaces.
Severe weather days are inevitable in Massachusetts. Locking the weather out becomes more challenging when faced with severe weather. Thousands of buildings suffer varying degrees of damage every year due to winds, hail and flooding. Remember that hail storm we had in Boston some time back? It was raining rocks in the summer! Building and home owners, as well as design and construction professionals must therefore make their buildings resistant to severe weather events if living in MA.
Roofs are most susceptible to hurricane damage. If the roof fails, the interior is exposed to the weather elements resulting in major damage to valuables and furnishings. High winds, hail, flying debris and projectiles are the primary causes of roof damage. CCSPF can also be used as a roofing system and to insulate exterior walls. It performs extremely well in severe weather conditions. Use of CCSPF offers four key advantages to home and building owners.
High wind uplift resistance: It provides remarkable wind-uplift resistance against hurricane-force winds. This is because CCSPF roofing system is seamless, without any joints and edges for the wind to get under. The spray-application provides strong adhesion and removes the need for fasteners that the wind can grab onto.
High racking strength: Racking strength is the ability of a wall area to retain its shape under stress. CCSPF insulation when applied inside stud walls adheres to the exterior sheathing and the studs. This reinforces the wall and adds rigidity reducing wall movement due to wind.
Outstanding water resistance: CCSPF is also a flood-damage resistant construction and insulation material. It has very low water permeability and negligible water absorption which makes it suitable for exterior applications.
Strong hail resistance: CCSPF roofing performs significantly better than other roofing systems in withstanding hail-related damage. It is resistant to ruptures and progressive peeling due to hail impact and helps prevent water infiltration due to roof failure.
In addition to severe weather resistance CCSPF helps prevent air leakage which reduces the load on heating and cooling systems. The reduced air infiltration helps minimize condensation and controls mold and mildew growth. The sealed joints also impede entry of insects and pests into the building.
If you are building or renovating, talk to a professional and find out how CCSPF insulation can be used in your project to improve energy efficiency and structural integrity of your building. The investment in good closed cell spray foam insulation will not only make your energy bills lighter but also provide you peace of mind against severe weather-related deterioration and catastrophic failure.
For more information on the benefits of closed cell spray foam insulation in Massachusetts homes or upgrading your home installation to the most current Massachusetts Building Insulation Code, and the ways in which this can be achieved, call Mass Energy Lab Insulation at 617-902- 2744 or visit our insulation services page. We’re home insulation geeks and would love to hear from you!