Insulate your investment for the long term

With spring around the corner, home renovation specialists say now is the perfect time for homeowners to begin planning. Understanding what is essential and what is cosmetic is fundamental for those looking to make a good investment in their homes.

The foundations, for example, including the infrastructure and the insulation, are a key investment area during a renovation project.

Although hidden behind the walls and in the ceiling, specialists tell us that insulation is a component that adds true value to a home-and the right kind of insulation will pay dividends over the long-term when it comes to comfort and re-sale value. Today, spray foam insulation (like that available from Icynene) makes this upgrade easy. It is an ideal energy-efficient alternative to traditional insulation materials like cellulose or fiberglass, since it both air-seals and insulates.

When applied, spray foam insulation expands 100 times its size, filling air gaps to reduce the potential for excessive energy consumption and minimize the amount of pollutants that enter the home. Including this modern insulation material during a renovation will also reduce drafts or cold spots throughout the house as well as minimize noise pollution either from inside or outside the home.

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