At Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, we are qualified and trained by several different urethane foam manufacturers, such as BASF and Icynene.
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a complete insulation and air/moisture barrier that seals the building against air infiltration while providing the highest R-value per inch of any insulation available in the construction industry.
A typical 2×4 stud wall could only be insulated to an R-value of 13 with batting insulation, whereas that same wall cavity can be insulated to an R-value of 23 with urethane foam.
Foam insulation is sprayed by trained technicians as a liquid and, a few seconds later, expands to many times its original volume. This liquid form expands and seals all penetrations, such as electrical outlets and plumbing devices. Air cannot blow through polyurethane foam as it can with other materials. There is no gap between the urethane and the building materials to allow warm, humid air to condense.
Fiberglass batts provide good thermal performance, but they only offer minimal protection against air intrusion and leaks. Spray foam offers excellent thermal performance, and because it expands to fill voids and seals tightly to nearby wood, metal and masonry surfaces, it also provides excellent air sealing. At Alpha, we specialize in spray foam insulation for commercial buildings.
Closed-cell foam can provide an excellent barrier against moisture intrusion once it has fully cured. It is often used as a mold- and moisture-resistant insulation in damp areas like crawl spaces and basements. At Alpha, we use our quality spray foam formulation for both insulation and waterproofing.
During the curing process, spray foam will off-gas. Once it has fully cured, it releases virtually no VOCs and it is relatively inert. At Alpha, we recommend leaving the building unoccupied for up to 48 hours as the spray foam cures.
Spray foam can be used nearly anywhere in a commercial building, from the walls, floors and ceilings to basements, parking structures, the underside of roof decks and more. It is moisture-, mold- and pest-resistant, and provides an excellent barrier against vapor and air intrusion. Our commercial insulation experts at Alpha can recommend the best materials for each area of your commercial facility.
When applied throughout a commercial building, spray foam insulation can provide a very effective barrier against air leaks. This also reduces the amount of fresh air coming in, but in a well-designed building, these air quality concerns will be counteracted by using energy-recovery ventilation systems and make-up air units.
Our team at Alpha will recommend solutions that can help you achieve the ideal balance between air quality and energy efficiency.