The Best Insulation Types for Beachfront Homes

There is no question about the soothing effect of the beach right at your doorsteps. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that the stretch of the beach is your family’s playground. Nothing is more romantic than walking on the sand holding hands while a backdrop of sunset is like a painting of a master class.

Beachfront home’s main advantage is its close proximity to the ocean. The same advantage, however, can also be a big problem for the maintenance of the house. Because the house is near the ocean, it is susceptible to many harsh elements like strong winds, high moisture, bright sunlight and saltwater corrosion. It is important to consider using the right kind of materials and the right technique when building or repairing a beachfront house.

Many homeowners observed that because sea air is more humid and contains more air, their houses are often enveloped in the wood warp. Home builders agree that the best way to protect to the hardwood and to seal the moisture is to use closed cell insulation beneath the first floor. Closed cell insulation uses spray foam which is a good alternative to fiberglass. It produces a dense structure that acts as a great barrier against water vapor and air. To get maximum insulation, closed cell should also be used on attic, floors, and walls to make a protective coating around the interior of your beach home.

Drawbacks of Closed-Cell Spray

However, be reminded of the drawback of the closed-cell spray as the foam being used are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are high on global warming potential. HFC used in the closed-cell spray is 1,430 times more damaging the carbon dioxide. For environmental reasons, look for other “green” alternative for a normal closed-cell insulation. Another downside is that during the curing process, spray foam insulation releases water vapor. This vapor can collect them within the wall cavity and can be a food source for mold growth which could allow mold to grow within the walls.

Spray foams which are soy-based are not good for closed cell insulation. Professional home builders said that they have many experiences where soybean based foams do not properly expand and become more susceptible to weather elements during the installation process.

The peaceful and relaxed environment is best experienced in beachfront homes. Aside from building raised foundations and large windows, this house needs to be well-insulated to make sure it can withstand the harsh elements of the air, wind, sun and water.