FEMA and Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation Applications

You are familiar now with the use of Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation to reduce energy consumption, save money on utilities and improve the comfort of your home. Did you know, though, that FEMA condones the use of Sprayed Closed-Cell Foam Insulation to help resist the damaging effects of flooding?

According to FEMA, the foam which is used in wall cavities where it expands and hardens creating an air barrier, “offers acceptable flood resistance” to homes in flood-prone areas. The organization further sites that “Tests have shown that sprayed foam insulation can improve the strength of structural framing systems and connections.” The foam is not only highly water-resistant and effective, but it is quicker to apply than traditional “batting-style” insulation, which is critical in areas where large recovery or prevention efforts are ongoing.

FEMA does point out that to create a flood-resistant structure, there are other construction considerations that must be taken into account, including the use of approved materials and framing patterns.

Additional testing has also concluded that closed-cell foam is not only an effective product for damage mitigation during floods, but also helps homes withstand high wind, useful in regions prone to hurricanes. It has even been shown to prevent the uplift effect that results in massive roof damage and separation.

Closed Cell Spray Foam has many different applications that improve your quality of living and the safety and stability of your home. If you are interested in learning about attic encapsulation, basement barriers or any of the other available uses for closed cell spray foam insulation, contact our team of experts at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today.

Resource: FEMA Technical Fact Sheet No. 1.8 (accessible at www.fema.gov)

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