Spray foam trumps fiberglass in terms of energy efficiency and insulation, but experts may have found a new drawback to using spray foam in the home. Undoubtedly, the presence of termites in Toronto has grown, and for this reason, many insect specialists suggest that the popularity of spray-foam is at fault. Contractors commonly chose spray-foam insulation for new homes because: (1) it can reduce energy bills by up to 50%; (2) it can boost the resale value of a home; and (3) its steep upfront cost is typically offset within three years. The problem is, however, that homes not insulated properly are vulnerable to moisture build-up and insect infestation. Unfortunately, as can be seen with recent termite level increases, even properly insulated homes are under attack too.
Termites enjoy spray-foam insulation because of its dense, spongy quality. It provides a great nesting opportunity for insects since its easily tunneled. In saying this, spray-foam does not necessarily attract termites — it just doesn’t repel them. Luckily, there are a few precautions home owners can take to battle termites in Toronto:
- Insect Resistance Chemicals — Due to a growing level of environmentalism, modern pest-control chemicals are less effective and lose their potency over time. Dousing spray-foam with chemicals is not strongly advised, but it may solve the issue temporarily. Regular anti-termite maintenance is a must for home-owners who chose the chemical solution.
- Inspect Conscious Design — Keeping wood and insect-enticing materials off the ground by a minimum of 8″ could drastically reduce one’s chances of a termite infestation. Of course, this method would be easiest during the construction phase and is less viable for older homes in Toronto.
- Clean Perimeter — Reducing the amount of surface water, organic debris, wood, and mulch against a home deters termites from entering. Tidying the property is one of the easiest and most effective ways to battle termites in Toronto.
At this time, if you are a home owner with spray-foam insulation in Toronto, it may be best to investigate. Wood damage can be tricky to spot, so hiring a professional may help identify any problems looming behind your walls.