Spray Foam vs. Traditional Insulating Techniques

Spray foam, a relatively new concept has virtually replaced other traditional insulating techniques such as polyurethane, cellulose and fiberglass. Enhanced air and moisture control, energy efficiency, durability and comfort are some of the main reasons for its growing popularity among architects, builders and homeowners in Ontario.


To understand what has caused this major shift in preferences, let us look at some of the main differences between spray foam insulation and other traditional techniques.

Spray Foam vs.

Traditional Insulating Materials

  • Stops hot air from escaping and cold air from coming into your home
  • Lets air pass through which can create cold spots and uneven temperatures
  • Expands to more than 100 times its size to cover all gaps and cracks
  • Hard to install evenly which can lead to gaps and air leaks
  • Resists vapor and moisture, thus preserving building materials longer
  • Low water resistance of materials such as cellulose can lead to mould, mildew and rot
  • Never needs to be replaced as it stays in place and does not sag
  • Need to be checked periodically for replacement or upgrades
  • Creates an effective air barrier which reduces the amount of dust, allergens and pollutants that enter your home
  • Can become dusty and allow allergens and pollutants to filter through into your home
  • Resists pests


  • Has some known instances of pest infiltration and nesting
  • Some spray foam products can be applied even in damp conditions
  • Polyurethane needs dry, warm conditions

Platinum Spray Foam provides quality products and service. You will have peace of mind knowing that your spray foam insulation has been installed by a manufacturer-trained technician. This ensures that it is done correctly, prevents damage and any building envelope issues. It also allows you to realize all the benefits it was designed to provide.

If you are looking to increase your energy efficiency and savings, BASF Walltite Eco insulation may be the ideal solution for your new construction or retrofit. It can also help your project achieve LEED points in several categories including energy performance, thermal comfort, regional materials and recycled content.

To learn more about BASF Walltite Eco insulation, call Platinum Spray Foam at (416) 731-8600 or request an estimate online.

You can also visit our store to see our products and talk to our team.

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