When people talk about remodeling kitchens, they usually imply doing things like replacing cabinetry, altering the wallpaper or paint, updating the counters, adding an island, and so on. Few people equate insulation with kitchens, which is ironic given how helpful it can be to residents.
What Is Spray Foam Insulation and How Does It Work?
Polyurethane and isocyanate are the two composite components that makeup spray foam insulation. Put these two materials together chemically, and they’ll react to each other, expanding and hardening the combined substance.
As a result, spray foam insulation uses a spray foam gun to simultaneously spray these two ingredients, instantly generating insulation over a chosen region. It can effectively wrap itself around whatever it’s applied on, nice and tight because it’s a foam.
Consider this: rather than wrapping a piece of cardboard around a pipe, a spray foam substance adheres fully to the pipe, leaving no gaps. That’s important when it comes to insulation and insulation products.
Why Is Kitchen Insulation Necessary?
Let’s take a look at some of the most typical spots in a home that require insulation:
- The attic’s roof, walls, and floor
- Knee-high walls
- Unheated regions in the ceilings
- Crawlspaces with vents beneath the floors
- Interstices between internal walls
These are the particular locations that make up a house’s thermal envelope, which is essentially the barrier that divides the indoor living spaces from the outside. The thermal envelope must be entirely sealed without a hint of a draft for a house to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Insulation is not required in kitchens that are located in the core of a home. However, depending on the remainder of the house’s architecture, there may be exceptions (i.e., the kitchen is right next to the sleeping quarters or above the basement). However, if the kitchen has one or more external walls, adequate insulation is required.
Aside from when it is part of a home’s thermal envelope, a kitchen requires insulation since it serves to strengthen this specific component of the home and meets the following requirements:
- Mold and bacteria prevention
- Preventing pests
- Thermal sealing that is complete
- Support for the structure
Focus Areas in the Kitchen for Insulation
The thermal envelope must be filled and air-sealing must be ensured to fully enjoy the benefits of spray foam insulation so it won’t have any air leaks. Even open-cell spray foam, which is known for its ability to expand, can’t always fit into the smallest of places. Apart from the walls and ceilings, other areas require insulation as well.
Other areas in a kitchen that may require additional insulation and air-sealing include:
- Behind the window and door moldings, there are crevices.
- Areas of the floor that have a crawlspace or basement beneath them
- Wiring slits in the exterior wall cavities
- Rim joists in the basement
- Soffits that are adjacent to the kitchen and are open
- Plumbing and air-conditioning vents
Eco Spray Recommendations in Kitchen Insulations
Closed-cell polyurethane spray foam is a type of insulating material that Eco Spray Insulation recommends for kitchens. In the Greater Toronto Area and elsewhere, this is the most often utilized spray foam insulation.
It has a high R-value, which is a statistic for determining the resistance to heat flow and insulation. Closed-cell spray foam can improve the internal comfort level, from temperature to acoustics, to greater heights when applied in crucial places of a house.
As an established insulation firm in the Greater Toronto Area, we’ve witnessed firsthand how well this insulation sets and cures inside walls, ceilings, and crawl spaces, so we’re confident in our advice. A closed-cell, foam-insulated house’s structural integrity is also strengthened by the added rigidity.
Other characteristics of closed-cell foam insulation make it an excellent choice for insulating kitchens.
Eco Spray Insulation in your Help
The kitchen is, without a doubt, the most dynamic space in your home. Everyone will undoubtedly appreciate any improvements to this room. Begin by properly and thoroughly insulating your kitchen.
Eco Spray Insulation offers all kinds of insulation services in the Greater Toronto Area for every part of your commercial or residential building. Please provide us with your contact details. We will contact you to schedule an appointment with our insulation contractor.
Please contact us at (416) 860-6664 or [email protected]. After that, you’ll meet with our estimator, who will provide you with details of your job. You will receive a customized proposal with a project description, additional options, and a complete price.