USA Insulation Frequently Asked Questions
This page contains answers to some of the top questions we receive about home insulation. Here at USA Insulation, we’re all about education, information, and knowledge. That’s why we take the time to make sure that our clients have access to the answers and resources they need! If you have questions, here’s a good place to start.
You can also visit the Learning Center section of this website, or call us at (888) 659-8522 to schedule a free in-home consultation and multi-point insulation inspection with our crew of experts.
What is R-value?
R-value measures the insulating power of a material or product. “R” stands for “resistance.” The higher the R-value is, the better that insulating product at resisting temperature conduction-and, therefore, the better that product serves as a thermal barrier.
How does USA Premium Foam® rank in terms of R-value?
USA Premium Foam® has an R-value of 5.1 per inch, which is as much as 35% higher than other insulation products available on the market.
Is USA Premium Foam® a green product?
Yes. We are ENERGY STAR certified and affiliated with Efficiency First as well as the USA Green Building Council.
What does retrofit insulation mean?
Retrofit insulation simply means insulation applied to existing homes, as opposed to insulation added during the construction process when a home is being built. Even if your home already has some insulation, our team can vastly improve the insulation of your home with our superior products and application techniques, increasing your building’s energy efficiency and comfort. Arrange a free consultation to learn more.
How can I have USA Premium Foam® Insulation applied to my home?
Visit our USA Insulation Locations page to find the location nearest you!
Can I add an electrical outlet to a wall where USA Premium Foam® has been applied?
Absolutely. In fact, our product is easier to drill than other foam insulation products.
Can I purchase USA Premium Foam® and install it myself?
Unfortunately, no. The application process is very precise and requires highly specialized equipment and trained installation experts. Everyone on our team at USA Insulation has undergone thorough training. We encourage you to call your local USA Insulation office to receive a no-obligation, complimentary price quote.
Will USA Premium Foam® create a pest or bacteria problem?
No. USA Premium Foam® is an inert substance made without chemically treated fibers or loose materials that can break off. Rodents, insects, and other pests will not eat or nest in the insulation. It does not sustain any kind of mold, bacterial, or fungal growth. USA Premium Foam® is completely pest resistant.
How long will insulation installation take?
We can complete the entire installation process in one day!
Is USA Premium Foam® a fire hazard?
No. Other insulation products can release hazardous gases in a fire, or may even pose a fire or smoke risk. USA Premium Foam® is the only insulation product that scores well in every fire safety category. In fact, it is the only insulation that actually increases fire ratings on non-compliant buildings! This product has received testing from some of the most stringent and respected independent laboratories in the United States. Every test conducted using the ASTM E-119 procedure showed that a wall insulated with USA Premium Foam® had an increased fire rating of between 50% and 150%! That’s why many state and local buildings, as well as fire departments, have opted to insulate with USA Premium Foam®.
What is involved in the installation process?
The foam is applied to an existing wall cavity using an applicator hose connected to a foam container and inserted into the wall through small holes drilled in the siding or mortar. We then cover and re-paint or re-mortar these holes post-application for a seamless surface. Read more about the installation process.
Does USA Premium Foam® classify as a urea-formaldehyde product?
No. USA Premium Foam® is phenolic-based.
How can USA Premium Foam® help my indoor air quality?
As a total thermal barrier, USA Premium Foam® efficiency blocks leaks and protects your home’s air quality. This keeps out dust, pollen, and other contaminants, preventing allergy and asthma attacks and keeping your home comfortable and free from drafts. It also controls moisture and condensation, preventing mold / mildew and other bacterial growths. As an inert product, it does not release loose fibers or clumps. USA Premium Foam® hardens into a Styrofoam-like texture and does not “settle” over time like other insulation products.