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Guarding Against Mold with Spray Foam Insulation

Mold can pose a serious health risk to those living in homes where it has become airborne. From stuffy-nose type allergies, to itchy skin and watery eyes, to irreversible respiratory problems, mold is something you want to avoid at all costs.
Whether you are looking to prevent such matters, or correct them, spray foam insulation is one way in which you can do so.
How Spray Foam Insulation Guards Against Mold
Spray foam insulation keeps moist air out of your home, ensuring your walls and flooring do not become dampened, which leads to mildew and mold. Although there are ways in which we ensure your home still has airflow, it is not privy to moisture, but rather keeps your space warm and dry in the winter, warm and dry in the summer, and the very same throughout the wet seasons too.
Insulating Your Basement Properly 
Insulating your basement properly safeguards against common concerns in a basement, namely - moisture. Although most people enjoy the cool reprieve their basement offers, cool and damp is not a popular choice.
Insulating Your Attic Properly 
An equal culprit of space the often harbours mold is your attic. These rooms were often given free form in terms of insulation, with the idea being that you want the air to be able to circulate through your home, and breathe out the top space. But a poorly sealed envelope will allow pockets of air to permeate, collect moisture and collect mold. So insulating your attic with spray foam insulation is ideal in keeping your home dry.
Insulating Your Home with Spray Foam to Guard Against Mold
The main interior space of your home can also benefit from spray foam insulation, adding the same benefits as with your basement or attic. The Lower Mainland is known for it’s rain, and as such – damp conditions. So guard against your home ever being prone to collecting mold, and insulate it correctly the first time. 
At Coast Spray Foam Ltd., we’re not simply here to provide a product …we provide a service that ensures your home is safe and well maintained. Call us and let us know how we can help!
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Insulating Your Basement to Build Rental Income

Finishing your basement in order to create a rental suite is a great way to generate additional household income. However, when it comes to basement suites, you want to ensure they will not be a disturbance to your current living situation. Whether hearing the people below, or them hearing your goings on above, it simply does not create a comfortable setting for anyone within the dwelling, so ensuring you properly insulate your basement suite from the onset will help alleviate any unnecessary tension between landlord and tenant.

The Benefits of a Basement Reno

A basement renovation can be conducted slowly over time, as it is a nicely tucked away space where construction will not impede on your current living environment. So if you are considering renovations - this is a great place to start, especially if you want to create rental income from this space.

Apart from a suite, a basement can also be a great new space for a home office, a daycare, a music room …among many other uses. Properly insulating your basement with spray foam insulation will help to reduce noise, help ensure that mold will not grow, and also keep it temperate all year round.

In addition, the value a basement renovation can add to your home is well worth the investment, and having it insulated properly will add to this value also.
Spray Foam Insulation – Easy Application for Unfinished Basements

Creating an interior wall next to the cement foundation, which is often found in a basement is definitely doable, and adding spray foam insulation within this newly created wall space is ideal. Because basements generate more moisture than most other places in the house, spray foam insulation will keep your basement from acquiring mold and mildew, and also provide a “warm” layer to an often cold space.
At Coast Spray Foam, we can help you with your insulation needs for your basement renovation, which we feel you will be thrilled with. From the sound proofing quality, to mold prevention, to overall warmth …spray foam insulation is ideal for your basement. So call us and let us know how we can help!
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Hiring the Right Professional for the Job
Doing your due-diligence before hiring an insulation specialist for any type of project – new or remodel - on your home or business is important. That being said, a reputable insulation business will also ensure you fully understand the nature and type insulation they offer, and if it is ideal for your space.
Whether the company in question offers a Better Business Bureau stamp of approval, or a social media site where people can post comments, recommendations and feedback, these are great first steps in having a look behind the scenes of a company, and delve into what has been said about their product or service in the past.
Safety Measures – Worth the Spend
Insulation companies today need to be accountable for their products. Both from a creation standpoint (how it’s been generated, and what has been used to generate it), as well as an application standpoint (safety measures involved when installing the product). So hiring an insulation company in Vancouver that can assure you of their safety measures is important.
Energy Savings – Worth the Spend
In addition, paying an insulation company for a premium product that will ensure the optimal energy savings within your home or business is a valuable addition So hiring an insulation company in Vancouver that can assure you of quality measures is also worth the spend.
Government Grants
The Canadian Government often offers credit programs for residential and/or commercial properties that are doing their due diligence in energy efficiency - so be sure to check into that to subsidize your costs, and ensure you are benefiting from your monthly utility bills accordingly.
At Coast Spray Foam, we are confident in our product and service, and hold a great standing with the clients we have had. We feel strongly about our reputation, and therefore ensure we are upfront and honest about our process and product right from the start.
We feel you will quickly recognize our quality, and feel confident in using us as your insulation company in Vancouver …so give us a call, and let us know how we can help you get started on better energy consumption and lowered utility bills!
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How Often Should You Replace Insulation?
Summer, winter, spring or fall, insulation is your best defense against the elements – both warm, cold and wet.  
As we all learned in science class, heat travels upwards; so when your upstairs is warm during the summer months but fails to be a comfortable temperature despite regulating your thermostat during the winter, it is likely that your insulation needs replacing, as it is not doing the job it is intended to do. 
Heating and cooling your home takes up a large portion of your maintenance bills, so ensuring your insulation is up-to-date and sufficient, is important in maintaining, or ideally even reducing, your overall household costs.
Consider an Energy Audit
An energy audit allows a professional to come into your home to see if your insulation requires replacing. In addition, they check for any leaks in your walls and ceilings, as well as look over your furnace and water heater to ensure everything is operating at optimal levels.
The average price of an energy audit can range from $50 to several hundred dollars, depending on who you hire and the size of your home - among other factors. But the rule of thumb is that homes over 10 years old run the risk of energy inefficiency, so ask us about an assessment when offering you a free estimate. 
Know the (R) Value of Your Insulation
When you talk with a spray foam contractor or read over a tech sheet, they may quote you the initial R-value or the ‘Long term thermal resistance’. All spray foam loses a little thermal resistance from when it is first sprayed, and research shows that the most significant loss occurs in the first 180 days, after which the loss is insignificant. Coast Spray Foam Ltd and Polarfoam™ would love to boast that our product has an R-value of 7.2, but this is an initial R-value. The R-value your building will be accustom to an aged R-value, or LTTR, which for Polarfoam™ is 6.6, which is the highest classification to date. Feel free to click for our > Technical Data Sheet.
At Coast Spray Foam, we want our clients to benefit from the noticeable difference spray foam can make for the comfort and health safety of their home, as well as for their maintenance savings. So give us a call, and let us know how we can get you on your way to these types of homeowner benefits!
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How To Choose the Right Insulation Company for You
Choosing the right insulation company is an important part in ensuring your home or business is safe and well-regulated season after season. However, with a variety of insulation options, both with types of insulation as well as insulation companies, sometimes it can be hard to know which one would work best for you. So we wanted to help you with your decision making process with a few helpful tips!
Understanding Insulation
Knowing your product is the base from which you should start. You can find out the majority of what each type of insulation offers online from a variety of unbiased sources. In addition, you can talk to the company owners themselves to see what they have to say about their own product, and also ask around to friends, family and contractors about what they have used in their past building projects for insulation. This will give you a well-rounded idea of what has worked, and perhaps even what hasn’t worked for business owners and homeowners alike.
Understanding the Insulation Company
Know who you are hiring - in terms of what their policies are, if someone you know has used their company, or if they have reference sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+, can all help you get a deeper look into the company itself, and allow you to see what people are or aren’t saying about them. Sometimes no news is good news, as a disgruntled customer is sure to have something to say, and find wherever they can to say it.
Understand Your Immediacy
Knowing who the company is is one thing, but knowing their availability is another. If you need a job done promptly but the company in question is booked ahead for months, this will cause you to go back to the drawing board to locate a sufficient insulation company. So know your time-schedule and what your immediate needs or flexibility are.
At Coast Spray Foam, we want to ensure our customers are well informed about our product, that we have an open forum from which they can source our information, and that we are honest with our availability and the time-line of any project.  Feel free to call us at any time and let us know any of your questions or needs, and we will be sure to address them!
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Guard Against Mold with Spray Foam Insulation

Mold in your home or place of business brings with it some pretty severe health risks. That is why guarding against it with the airtight properties of spray foam insulation is truly ideal.
Prevention is always the best method when it comes to matters of ones wellbeing, as correcting health concerns often comes with great cost – both in monetary terms as well a cost of your time and energy.
Tighter Seal Impedes Mold
Whether you are a business owner or a homeowner looking to build or remodel, spray foam insulation is a fantastic product to utilize within your structure. Spray foam insulation ensures that your building envelope is sealed tightly, which prohibits water to permeate your home – safeguarding against mold and mildew. In addition, this tight seal guards against pollution, keeping the air quality in your home ideal. 
However, don’t confuse “air tight” for a lack of airflow. Rather, when using spray foam insulation, the air is filtered through intake and outtake points, still allowing for proper air circulation, but disallowing your walls and ceilings to be susceptible to mold and mildew growth.
Incentive Programs Using Green Products
In addition to mold prevention, our spray foam product is environmentally friendly, which means it qualifies a lot of homeowners and businesses for incentive programs through ‘green’ based organizations like LEED® and GREENGUARD®, as well as others programs like those through BC Hydro, Fortis, and Energy Star.
If you have noticed a shift in the health of your family in your home, or of your employees in their workplace, mold could be a contributing factor and is not something to be taken lightly.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
For those who are sensitive to mold, it can cause irritations such as an itchy throat, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, coughing, and even skin irritations. Severe reactions can cause irreversible damage to your lungs as well, and is not a matter to be taken lightly.
So reduce your risks before they even begin, and use spray foam insulation as both a preventative measure, as well as to harness the most energy efficient methods of insulation on the market.
At Coast Spray Foam, we are here to help. Let us know how we can do so!
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Why Professionally Installed Spray Foam Insulation Saves Your Money
Spray foam insulation is well known for its consistent nature. It is sought out by homeowners and building developers alike for it’s beneficial properties, backed by their awareness of how it will maintain a temperate and dry climate within their structure.
Spray foam tends to cost more than other traditional insulation methods, but it will end up paying for itself time and again as you save year after year on both heating, cooling, and other maintenance costs.
Heat Up Your Basement, Add To Your Home Space
If you have an underutilized basement due to the fact that it simply lacks a warm or dry atmosphere for a child’s playroom, or holds a decidedly uncomfortable temperature for a home office, having spray foam insulation put into your basement walls will prevent moisture, as well as heat loss or absorption from occurring. Keeping your basement a pleasant temperature that you dictate will help you to better utilize your space.
In addition to making your basement a comfortable and consistent temperature …spray foam will also help protect it from mold. Mold is often a concern of homeowners - especially those with children – so ensuring it is warm as well as safe from allergens and harmful mold spores is priority #1.
Professionally Applied Spray Foam
Having your spray foam professionally applied is imperative in ensuring it will provide you with all the benefits that spray foam insulation promises. There are individuals who might claim to know they understand the process and can apply spray foam for you, but ensuring any professional you hire is certified in the spray foam insulation process, will result in proper workmanship, and not add to your costs to have it redone when it fails to do what you were promised.
Energy is an increasing cost no one wants to incur unnecessarily. So looking into the many benefits of spray foam insulation, how it can help keep your home warm and dry, as well as cool in the summer, and mold free overall, can all add up to great savings and optimal health.
Allow us to properly install your spray foam insulation, and discover how quickly it can pay for itself within your home or business!
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Debunking the Health Concerns of Spray Foam Insulation 

Spray Foam Insulation has occasionally been brought into question regarding what it contains, and the misconceived potential for health concerns. Most consumers nowadays are very conscious of their environment, how it is being treated, and what impact they play in the process, so making conscious buying decisions is important to them.
As a homeowner or business owner, clearly you want the most eco-friendly building options available as it pertains to insulation, while still maintaining safety standards and quality assurance.
That is why we are so proud of our product, as it offers all of the above!
The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Our spray foam is GREENGUARD safety approved, and is considered the ideal option for hospitals, schools, businesses and homes alike.
Our Polarfoam is an eco-friendly foam formulation that is created from recycled plastic. It contains a renewable soya product that has had zero impact on ozone depletion. In addition, it exceeds the highest requirement for volatile organic compounds, allowing for optimal indoor air quality certifications.
In addition, builders who use spray foam insulation are able to qualify for incentive programs through BC Hydro, Fortis, and Energy Star.
Spray Foam Does Not Contain Gas Emissions
One of the misconceptions in the past is that spray foam gives off toxic gas emissions …but this is not true. Our spray foam is actually chemically inert, containing no odor or harmful vapors whatsoever.
Seals Tighter & Saves Money
Spray foam insulation seals tighter to surfaces like wood and concrete; is able to seal in corner nooks, as well as around windows, doors and vents. Because of this your home or while leaving out pollution as well as guarding against water leakage …which can lead to mold.
At Coast Spray Foam, we want to put your concerns to rest, and are always able to easily answer, and/or provide solutions for your insulation problems. So feel free to call us with any questions you might have, or to request a consultation.
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The Benefits: Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation
During the course of ones day, it is not likely you sit and ponder the Benefits: Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation. However, if you are undergoing a home renovation, or building a new house, or are in charge of a new office building development, Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation is something you are going to want to truly consider.
Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation  - The Facts
Not only does it offer a reduction in your energy consumption, provide an air-tight seal, and guard against vapor permeance and mold, it also improves air quality, offers thermal effectiveness – minimizing maintenance costs, delivers on quality assurance, employs effective noise reduction, and is above all - durable and environmentally friendly!
With a list like that it would seem needless to expand on these benefits, but allow us to do so anyhow…
• Energy Consumption Benefits – did you know that up to 40% of a buildings heat is lost due to a poor building envelope? Spray foam insulation seals tighter to surfaces like wood, doors, concrete and vents; and also seals in difficult little nooks, keeping your energy consumption to a minimum, due to it’s effective envelope.
• Air Tight Benefits - spray foam insulation offers a very low air permeability, and provides a sealed application process, insuring a much tighter building envelope, minimizing or completely eradicating future mold concerns due to moisture.
• Vapor Permeance Benefits – our closed-cell spray foam is shown to provide sufficient vapor diffusion, and adheres to the standards set out in the National Building Code of Canada. 
• Air Quality Benefits - with your building envelope sealed tighter, less pollution and water can leak into the building, allowing the air to be filtered through intake / outtake points. This means walls are less susceptible to mold and mildew growth as mentioned, as little to no moisture can permeate your walls.

As the go-to spray foam contractor in the Lower Mainland, we can help inform you on your insulation options. If you are experiencing mold, have any drafts, or feel your utility bills are higher than they should be …Coast Spray Foam is your solution provider, and we’re happy to help!
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Effective Uses of Spray Foam Insulation 
As we approach the warmer and (ideally) dryer months of spring and summer, many people are looking at undergoing home renovations for one room or another. From bathroom updates to kitchen upgrades, or converting attics into bedrooms and garages into rental suites …there are many types of renovations that people choose for various reasons.
As it pertains to insulation, the options are a little more limited – but are still a very important part in your renovation considerations.
Homeowners are not always aware of the various application areas spray foam insulation can be used for, so for those of you who are not familiar with our product - we want to ensure you are well informed on what it offers and the areas it covers.
Spray Foam Application Areas
• Exterior Walls – insulating your exterior walls with spray foam creates a vapor barrier, as well as acts as a thermal insulator far superior to other insulation products.
• Attic – whether you are considering using this space as an additional bedroom, office or bedroom, or simply want to better insulate your home for heating and cooling cost purposes, insulating your attic as a great cost-saving measure.
• Interior Walls – insulating your interior walls with spray foam insulation is a good choice if you wish to keep noise levels down from room to room. Whether you want to keep the audio levels of a media room or rental suite at bay, it significantly can reduce the transfer of noise from room to room.
• Concrete Above Living Spaces – spray foam insulation can act as a vapor barrier and thermal insulator in this case, and is actually required as per BC Building Code.
• Patio above Living Spaces – patios are a popular renovation choice, especially around spring and summer, and by properly insulating it, you can create a vapor barrier and thermal insulator that allows you to bring your living space outdoors!
• Pool Insulation – for all you pool owners out there, or for those looking to have one installed – spray foam insulation acts as an excellent thermal insulator for your pool, keeping the temperature regulated season to season.
• Below Basement Slab – spray foam insulation below your basement slab acts as a great thermal insulator, keeps maintenance costs down, and gives you the ability to install radiant heat on top of foam. 
• Damp Proof Foundation – an excellent idea for keeping mold at bay, spray foam insulation acts as a vapor barrier and thermal insulator for your foundation, and is actually better than “damp proofing” because Polarfoam is certified water proof.

So as you can see, there are many options and benefits to spray foam insulation. Whether you are considering a renovation, building a new home, or simply want to look at correcting the insulation concerns you currently have, give us a call – we can help!
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