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Should You Reconsider Applying Spray Foam Insulation?

Here’s an important drawback of spray foam insulation that we just learned.

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It’s no secret that spray foam insulation can be a great addition to your home. It’s quite costly, but it’s also super energy efficient. This past summer, on a day when it was 100 degrees outside, I went up to the attic of a home that had spray foam insulation and found it to be remarkably comfortable! 

Recently, however, we found out that one of our customers had put spray foam insulation in their crawl space. Their buyer planned to finance the purchase of the home with a VA loan, which requires a termite inspection. After three weeks, we still couldn’t find a termite company to provide that clear inspection report our seller needed, which makes sense; no termite inspector wants to guarantee a home if they can’t see what’s behind the layers of spray foam. How do they know whether there are termites under there?

  If your buyer’s loan requires a termite inspection, spray foam insulation may come back to bite you.

So, if you’re thinking about putting spray foam insulation in your home, you might want to consider who your buyer will be. If your home is really close to Fort Gordon and in that “sweet spot” price range where activity is high, especially among VA buyers, spray foam insulation may do more harm than good in the short term. 

If you questions about how to navigate this situation if your home already has spray foam insulation, or just want to learn more about the pros and cons of it, please feel free to reach out by phone or email. My team and I are on standby seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., so give us a call. 

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