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Open Cell vs. Closed Cell Foam Insulation

 Open Cell Vs. Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation
CLOSED-CELL OPEN-CELL
Highest insulating “R-Value” per inch (>6.0) Good insulation value (R=3.5)
Low vapor permeability Higher vapor permeability, but controlled
Air barrier Air barrier at full wall thickness
Increases wall strength
– Resists water (is a WRB “water Resistive Barrier”)
Absorbs sound, especially bass tones Best sound absorption in normal noise frequency ranges
Economical Yield
Approved by FEMA

Both open and closed cell foam are excellent products that outperform other insulation types and can be appropriate insulation materials in New York.  Open- cell spray foam is a little more than half  of the R-Value than that of closed-cell foam.  The chart above compares open cell vs. closed cell foam insulation.   SmartSeal will help you decide on open or closed cell foam  insulation based on your climate, location and building type.  Contact us today for a free in house quote.

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