Spray Foam Insulation: Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell

Spray foam insulation is an excellent option for home insulation. The next step is to decide if you would like to use open-cell or closed-cell. But what’s the difference? Our team at ARC Insulation is prepared to guide you through the differences to help you make your decision.

Spray foam insulation is an excellent option for home insulation

  • Open-Cell – Open-cell spray foam has open cells. This makes the foam soft and more elastic. Because of this, the foam expands, making it able to cover those hard-to-reach areas. Open-cell insulation is also a great option for soundproofing. One application is able to fill any open areas between studs. At the end of the day, open-cell spray foam insulation is an affordable option opposed to closed-cell. However, closed-cell will give your home more sustainable insulation.
  • Closed-Cell – Closed-cell spray foam has completely closed cells. As these cells are sealed together, they prevent air and moisture from intruding in the insulation. For this reason, closed-cell spray foam insulation is more sustainable than open-cell spray foam insulation. Closed-cell has twice the R-value as open-cell.  All in all, closed-cell is typically the safest option, although it has a higher price tag compared to open-cell.

We hope this information has guided you in your choice between open-cell spray foam insulation and closed-cell spray foam insulation. If you have any questions regarding our insulation services that we provide or the products we use, please contact us at ARC Insulation.