What are the benefits of foam board insulation?
There are a number of benefits to installing foam boards. They are lightweight, easily cut-able, moisture-resistant and non-combustible.
Most importantly, because the boards have air pockets, they have an R value three times higher than other types of insulation materials. This is imperative for providing your building with the necessary thermal protection it requires. Another benefit is that bright designs can be achieved through printing or painting on them! Thus, foam board insulation is a very efficient and effective method of keeping you building warm during the cold months.
However, foam boards are only as good as the installation process. If foam boards are not installed correctly, they may be ineffective or even pose a risk to the health of those residing inside your building. In order to successfully install foam boards, it's important that you have all supplies necessary for carrying out the job including long-nose pliers and a coping saw if there are any tight corners.
Types of foam board insulation materials
There are four different types of foam board insulation: XPS Extruded Polystyrene Foam Insulation, which has a high R value but also weighs more than other foam boards. EPS Expanded Polystyrene foam boards are the most common foam board insulation. They are lightweight, easy to cut and shape, but also have a lower R value compared to XPS foam boards. PU foam boards are made of polyurethane foam. They are popular among builders because they can be used in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens due to their water-resistant properties. These foam boards also have a high R value but they can be pricier than other types of foam board insulation materials . Phenolic foam boards , which feature a higher life span and improved moisture-resistance than PU foam boards.
To finish off, when it comes to foam board insulation, there is no reason why you should not install them into your building . They are lightweight, moisture resistant and have a high R value. When foam boards are installed properly, they can be very effective in keeping your building warm during winter months.
There you have it - foam board insulation is a fantastic product that has a number of benefits for residential and commercial buildings alike. Because foam boards have air pockets to keep them afloat, they provide three times more thermal protection than other types of insulation materials thus playing a vital role in protecting people from the cold weather outside. The best part about foam boards is that because of their lightweight design, you could cut them easily using a coping saw or long-nose pliers if there are any tight corners .
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How does foam board insulation work?
Foam board insulation is a type of polyisocyanurate foam that expands during installation. It is bonded to a metal or wooden frame and then covered with drywall, which gives it the appearance of being wallboard. The foam board insulation offers excellent thermal resistance because it provides an air barrier as well as a vapor barrier.
Liquids from the interior space cannot leak through the foam board insulation because its exterior pores are tightly sealed, so liquids will always travel vertically down along the surface until they reach some sort of opening like at seams in window coverings or nail penetrations in walls, or they can evaporate depending on whether there's any water present.
If you want to install new windows on an existing wall made of foam board insulation, you'll need to add a stud to the wall in order for the new window to sit well. You can't just screw into foam board insulation. The foam board insulation might have been glued into place or it might have been screwed down, which will make it difficult if not impossible for you to get a screwdriver behind the foam board insulation without damaging it. So, what you'll do is take a drill with an appropriately sized bit and drill out holes where your window will go, then remove enough foam board insulation from there so that when you position your new window unit in place over top of the foam board insulation, it sits properly along all four edges.
Before installing foam board insulation on existing walls that already have foam board insulation, you'll need to determine if it's foam that's been glued down or foam that was screwed down. If it's foam that was glued, then the only way to get through the foam board insulation is by using a reciprocating saw with a long blade. You'll hold the foam board insulation in place while you make multiple cuts around all four edges of it until you can remove it from where it has been glued down.
Once the foam board insulation has been removed, take out any screws holding the old drywall up and use your reciprocating saw to cut away any studs so that there are no obstacles for placing new foam board insulation into place once you install your window unit.
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