The idea of the perfect home is changing in many segments of the residential housing market. Once, the American dream of home ownership was primarily thought of in terms of a three-bedroom, two-bath rancher on a tree-lined lot. But a growing number of people are eschewing that traditional dream for something much more unique and often much smaller as well.
What started as a movement of tiny homes built on wheeled trailer frames has morphed into even more housing options, most of which are less costly and much smaller than traditionally constructed homes.
If you are one of the trendsetters in this growing movement toward purchasing and customizing one of these housing options, the following insulation tips will help you get more comfort and enjoyment from your unique home.
When Restoring the Older Mobile Home
Older mobile homes were once summarily rejected by most home shoppers for a variety of reasons, but these inexpensive and readily attainable housing options are getting a second look from today's buyers.
Since these older metal-covered structures were often built with little insulation, they have a reputation for being drafty and uncomfortable in extreme weather conditions. In addition, the metallic surfaces can act like an echo chamber, allowing family conversations to be easily heard outside the home and traffic noises to be uncomfortably loud within.
Spray foam insulation is the perfect choice for adding higher insulation value in the walls, ceilings, and underneath the floor of these older mobile homes. In most cases, the interior sheets of wallboard or paneling can be removed easily, allowing access to remove and replace the existing insulation. Adding insulation to the ceilings will, however, require opening the existing ceiling covering to allow access for the spray foam insulation application.
Underneath the mobile home, in the space referred to as the belly area, a contractor can use spray foam insulation to replace any existing fiberglass-type insulation that may still remain. By adding this higher R-value insulation choice, the occupants of the home can enjoy buffered sound transmission, warmer flooring, and better protection of any plumbing pipes that may be located in the belly of the home.
When Turning a Quonset Hut Into a Home
The Quonset hut is another unique housing option finding favor with a growing number of people who want less expensive housing that they can easily customize for their needs. Since these large, curved structures are made of bare metal, adequate insulation is required to keep them cool in the summer and comfortably warm in the winter.
Traditional insulation choices do not work well with the Quonset hut design because nothing is in place to hold blown-in insulation or secure the type of fiberglass insulation product that typically comes in batts or large rolls. Spray foam insulation, however, has the advantage of direct application to the interior surface of the metal where it easily conforms to the curved shape of the structure.
Quonset owners who choose spray foam insulation will want to wait to have it applied until all interior electrical wiring, water pipes, gas lines, and sound system wires have been installed and inspected. This will allow the wiring and pipes to be hidden behind the layer of insulation, eliminating the need to find an attractive way to conceal them later.
Using spray foam insulation inside a Quonset home or other metal structure intended for residential housing has another benefit for those who want to cut costs. When carefully applied by a knowledgeable spray foam insulation contractor, the surface of the foam, once cured, will be able to be painted or stained.
This eliminates the extra cost of purchasing and installing drywall, paneling, or other interior wall surfaces and helps make an already affordable housing option even more frugal.
The insulation professionals at Spray Foam Tech, LLC, have been honored to help hundreds of Minnesotans enjoy more comfortable housing and we want to help you, too. Call or stop by anytime and speak with our team about your home insulation concerns and needs.