Spray Foam Vs. Fiberglass And How R-Value Is Measured

If your commercial building needs insulation, you may be researching what possibilities are out there. You may be wondering about spray foam vs. fiberglass. Spray foam insulation is one of the best insulation solutions on the market today, with open cell and closed cell being the two options.

You will also run into the term R-value. This is a term that measures how well the foam insulates or how resistant the foam is to heat flow. Closed-cell foam has a higher R-value than open-cell foam. That’s because closed-cell foam is better at keeping heat in or out of your commercial building structure.

In short, the higher the R-value, the greater the effectiveness it has at insulating your building.

Spray Foam vs. Fiberglass

While blown-in fiberglass batts insulation can save money and is effective for some businesses, it does not compare to the many benefits of spray-foam insulation. Foam insulation is sprayed into wall cavities and will expand to fill different sized crevices or cracks. When this happens, it will become air sealed to reduce air leaks and saves energy. Spray foam creates an air-tight barrier around your building that will prevent mold from developing, as it acts as a moisture barrier for every square foot of insulation.

Both foam and fiberglass have their uses. Compared with installed fiberglass insulation, though, the pros and cons of open-cell spray foams or closed cell spray foams are mostly pros and relatively few cons.

  • Less air leakage
  • Better energy efficiency
  • Choice of open or closed cell insulation
  • Professional installation from Spray-On Foam & Coatings

Which type of insulation is right for your business?

The answer to this question usually rests on where your commercial building is located and what type of weather conditions occur there. In addition, you should ask yourself what specific needs you might have for insulation. For example, what types of products do you have in your building that may need to be insulated in a certain way?

Determining the right insulation solution is an important business decision, so if you’re not sure, contact us today with your questions. Our experienced team has been assisting customers of all kinds with spray foam insulation installation for the last four decades.

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