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How Spray Foam Insulation can Prevent Hurricane Damage

Anyone living near the coast of Florida or the Gulf South knows what it's like to worry about hurricanes.  Not only is the possibility of losing your power an issue, but it's scary to consider that your home is also at serious risk.


Back in March of 2005, FEMA did a study of the 2004 hurricane season in Florida.  They discovered that the second highest cause of damage to property in Florida was from rain water getting into a home through its eaves, or what home builders call "soffits" (see the picture below).


attic vent

Some home builders add vents to a soffit in order to vent the attic.  But the problem that FEMA uncovered was that wind and pressure from hurricanes were causing rain to get into a soffit, or destroy it altogether.


Once the rain water came through the soffit, it started making its way into walls, attic spaces, and then the rest of a home.  Not only can that water destroy irreplaceable family valuables, it can lead to dangerous mold growth.


So it isn't surprising that only months after FEMA released that study, the International Code Council made a change to building codes.  Can you guess what that was?  That they now support attics without vents.  The ICC also stated that having the right kind of insulation - one that water can't easily pass through - could help building performance if used in an attic.


You know the risk - Now learn how to prevent it


Venting your attic can obviously lead to problems, and fiberglass insulation sure isn't waterproof.  But spray foam insulation is.


When foam insulation is sprayed into your home, it creates an airtight seal.  Thanks to that seal, it keeps heat and moisture out of your home.  It's also proven to strengthen walls, and make your home more sturdy.  And by keeping moisture out, it prevents unhealthy mold from growing in your home.


So not only does it help defend your home better against wind and rain, but spray foam insulation can also cut your electric bills by as much as 50%.  And if you ever decide to sell your house, keep in mind that a home treated with spray foam usually has a higher resale value than one without it.


At Advanced Foam Insulation of Louisiana, we specialize in treating homes with spray foam to make them stronger.  Not to mention added benefits like paying less on electric bills, and prevention of dangerous mold.


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