Powered by 360 THERMAL

Skip to Content

Category Archives: Spray Foam Insulation Houston

Places That Need Spray Foam Insulation

More often than not, spray foam insulation is a superior product to traditional fiberglass insulation. It’s energy-efficient, durable, and provides an excellent air and moisture barrier. But which areas of the home does spray foam insulation work best?

In this blog, the Houston spray foam insulation team at 360 Thermal will discuss areas of your home where you should take advantage of spray foam insulation. Consider spray foam insulation for these areas, and request a quote from 360 Thermal today.  

Cathedral Ceilings

Fiberglass insulation is meant for square homes with square walls — but it just can’t fit into spaces with unconventional angles. Take cathedral ceilings for example: with plenty of sharp angles that all meet at a singular point, it would take a fiberglass insulation artist to to get a tight fit that’s leak-proof and sturdy.

With spray foam insulation, you get an airtight and watertight seal. Spray foam enters and expands in awkward corners and crevices, meaning there’s no space between your outer structure and your insulation, This can increase your energy efficiency and prevent water and critters from setting up shop.      


Your attic can make or break your home’s energy efficiency. Without proper insulation, you could be spending up to 40 percent more on your energy bill each and every month! Spray foam insulation creates an impermeable barrier between your roof and your attic — it not only keeps moisture out, but it can lower your monthly energy bill by 20 percent compared to traditional fiberglass insulation. It fits perfectly into attic hatches, wiring holes, behind knee walls, and around plumbing vents, which means you’ll minimize air leaks in the most hard-to-reach places.

Media Rooms & Home Theaters

Spray foam insulation doesn’t just work as an air sealant and water sealant — it dampens airborne sound transmission as well. The less air you have flowing in from the outside, the quieter your room will be — and that’s the difference that will improve your surround sound audio quality and bring out the details in your media experience. Plus, you’ll be able to turn the volume way up during your favorite action movies while your significant other reads peacefully in another room.


Crawlspaces are the last place people consider spray foam insulation. However, it’s the place where spray foam insulation can do the most good. Even the sturdiest foundation cement can let moisture through, which can create widespread moisture buildup that breeds toxic mold. All that moisture can create a nice home for critters, too.

Sealing up your crawl space with spray foam insulation will keep moisture out, which can extend the life of your home and prevent a variety of mold-related ailments. It’s well worth the investment for your home and your health.

Home Additions

If you’re adding a new family room or master bedroom to your home, you’re going to need insulation of some sort. Why not choose spray foam? It might cost slightly more upfront for closed-cell spray foam insulation than traditional fiberglass insulation, but you’ll reap the energy energy savings and have fewer headaches down the road.

With spray foam insulation, your new room with have exceptional temperature control, protection for moisture intrusion, and a higher value overall — it’s an excellent investment for those who want to sell their homes and those who are looking to stay for years to come.


Your basement is an ideal place for spray foam insulation — especially if you’ve become accustomed to uncomfortably hot or cold temperatures, or if your basement is prone to flooding. If this sounds like your basement, then your basement isn’t as well-insulated as it should be. Poor temperature regulation is a sign that fiberglass insulation isn’t getting the job done. Basement flooding, on the other hand, is a sign that your fiberglass insulation is soaking up moisture, which can be the start of structural damage or mold intrusion.

Closed-cell spray foam insulation acts as an air barrier that can prevent air drafts and reduce your energy costs. Plus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) classifies closed-cell spray foam insulation as a flood-resistant material. Because of this, closed-cell spray foam insulation is excellent for homes in areas with lots of precipitation or hurricane risk, like the South, Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, and even areas of the Rocky Mountain Region that get a lot of snow.

Choose Houston’s Spray Foam Insulation Experts

360 Thermal is an A+ BBB accredited spray foam insulation company dedicated to helping you save money on your monthly energy bill, avoid moisture and air intrusion, and have a more comfortable home. We offer residential and commercial services in Houston and the surrounding areas. There’s never been a better time to insulate your home or business — get a free quote from 360 Thermal today.


Spray Foam Insulation: Down The YouTube Rabbithole

We’ve told you all about spray foam insulation in the 360 Thermal Blog. However, some people would rather see things than read them. You won’t understand exactly how spray foam insulation works until to see it installed, watch it as it’s tested for water resistance and durability, and coached on truths and myths surround spray foam products. So, let us take a break from our normal blogs and take you down the YouTube rabbit hole.

In this blog, our spray foam insulation contractors in Houston have selected some high-quality YouTube videos to help you understand why spray foam insulation would be a great choice for your home or business. Click on some videos below to get started!

Spray Foam Insulation vs. Fiberglass


Fiberglass insulation has been the tried-and-true choice for contractors and homeowners for what feels like millennia, but it doesn’t come close to the effectiveness and convenience of spray foam insulation — today’s premier insulation solution. Traditional fiberglass insulation carries an R3 R-Value (a rating of a material’s resistance to thermal heat flow — the higher the R-Value, the better) and closed cell spray foam insulation carries an R6 to R7 rating — even higher in some circumstances.

With its ability to conform to oblong corners and fill tight areas, spray foam insulation is a far superior choice compared to its fiberglass predecessor. In this video from Dr. Energy Saver, you’ll get a first hand look at how spray foam insulation can create higher R-Values and fit in tight spaces while keeping heat and moisture at bay.

Water Testing Spray Foam Insulation


We’ve covered the differences between open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation in the 360 Thermal blog before, but seeing is truly believing when it comes to the two types of spray foam insulation. Take look at this video from Matt Risinger, which compares how open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation deal with prolonged water exposure. Do they crumble under pressure, or do they stand up to the challenge? Take a quick look to find out.

Webinar: Debunking Myths About Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation


As long as the world has facts, it will also have myths. You can best believe that there are plenty of myths surrounding spray foam insulation — where do we even begin? Let’s start with this video from Honeywell, a webinar that covers facts and fiction surrounding the composition, installation, and usage of spray foam products. Before you trust the word of your neighbor or the third page of Google search results, watch this video from industry professionals that sets the record straight.

Moisture Problem in Drywall Ceiling Insulation


This video from eHow Home isn’t about spray foam insulation, but if it convinces you of one thing, it’s that spray foam insulation is far superior to traditional fiberglass insulation that’s installed in most residential and commercial buildings. When roofing materials fail, pipes leak, or bathroom tiles split apart, moisture can enter the area between insulation and drywall — and with no airflow and nowhere for the water to go, the area becomes the perfect place for mold growth.

If this happens in your home, you’ll have to replace the insulation and either replace or reinstall the drywall panel in order to avoid a bevy of health problems. It’s a lengthy, yet necessary process according to this video. Just remember: spray foam insulation creates an impermeable barrier between your drywall and the outside world, and its inert composition means mold has no place to develop. Once you have it installed, you’ll never have to worry about moisture intrusion or mold for as long as you own your home.

Choose Houston’s Spray Foam Insulation Professionals

360 Thermal is Houston’s A+ rated BBB spray foam insulation company — we’re happy to talk about the benefits of spray foam insulation and show you how the process works. We serve a variety of areas in Southeast Texas, and we’re experienced in residential and commercial spray foam insulation. Request a quote, and make your property stronger and more efficient today.


How Spray Foam Insulation Helps Your Finances

Here at the 360 THERMAL Blog, we’ve discussed the long list of benefits of having spray foam insulation in your home or business. It’s easy to understand how spray foam insulation makes your home safer and more efficient — but there are plenty of benefits that help your wallet just as much as your home.

In this blog, our spray foam insulation contractors in Houston share their thoughts on how spray foam insulation can save you money now and in the future. It might seem like an expensive investment to start, but spray foam insulation can pay for itself and then some!

High ROI

It’s not the most glamorous home improvement, and it probably doesn’t come to mind before a new kitchen or a brand new master suite. However, spray foam insulation upgrades offer a high average ROI for home remodeling projects, according to a 2017 report by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Realtors. Insulation upgrades offer an average return of 76 percent — an ROI that only pales in comparison to new roofing (109 percent ROI), hardwood floor refinishing (100 percent), new wood floors (91 percent), new garage doors (87 percent), new fiber cement siding (83 percent), and new vinyl windows (79 percent). It’s a much better bang for your buck than a kitchen renovation (62 percent) or even a bathroom renovation (50 percent).

Ultimately, static ROI doesn’t tell the entire story when it comes to savings from spray foam insulation upgrades. In the right circumstances, spray foam insulation can pay for itself completely and then some.

Increased Energy Efficiency

While a new kitchen or bathroom looks great, spray foam insulation offers major energy savings for your home or business. According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), up to 40 percent of all energy is wasted due to poor insulation — which means savings could be massive (and much greater than the cost of spray foam insulation) over three to five years.

There can be major savings for HVAC systems, too. The better your home or business is insulated, the easier time your HVAC will have to work to achieve the perfect temperature — and that can add years back onto the lifespan of your system. It’s almost like spray foam insulation makes you money in the long run.

Boosted Property Values

While a lot homeowners are looking for a beautiful, turn-key home that doesn’t need any fixes, most would rather find a home that has good bones rather than aesthetic value. While new wood floors can really catch the eye of potential homebuyers, it’s phrases like “a brand new roof,” “updated plumbing,” and “spray foam insulation” that really give homeowners peace of mind during their shopping process.  

New spray foam insulation can also be a great selling point because it helps homes rate higher in a variety of energy efficiency tests and rating systems, such as the HERS Index. It’s almost 50 percent more effective at improving energy efficiency than traditional insulation. Even if your floors are a little dated or the backyard is a little small, shoppers will love how your home will save them money and keep them comfortable for years to come.

Decreased Likelihood of Mold Damage

Spray foam insulation acts as a near-impermeable barrier that keeps moisture out — something traditional insulation has struggled with over the years. If your roofing materials fail, your attic’s rolled foam could become saturated with water, which will create a breeding ground for mold. The more moisture and mold you have, the more likely it will be for your home to suffer from structural damage.

A small mold problem can cost you around $2,000 to fix, which is a similar price to that of a spray foam insulation installation, depending on the size of your home. But what about a full-on structural repair because of failed insulation and structural damage? It could cost you $30,000 or more to set things straight.

Spray foam insulation is incredibly effective at keeping moisture out of your home. It creates an impermeable, watertight seal for attics and crawlspaces, and it won’t absorb water in the event of a flood like traditional foam insulation does. Plus, it’s made of an inert polymer that won’t become a source of “food” for mold and bacteria. With spray foam insulation, you’re protecting your home and giving yourself incredible peace of mind.

Choose Houston’s Spray Foam Insulation Experts

360 THERMAL is an A+ BBB accredited spray foam insulation company serving Houston and Southeast Texas. We use highly trained insulation professionals and years of experience in the industry to give your home or business an airtight and watertight seal so you can rest easy and save money on your monthly energy bill. Request a quote, and transform your property today.


Your Guide to Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

There are so many insulation solutions available today.

While it used to be that fiberglass was the go-to option for most people looking to insulate their home or business, today, you have many more choices than you used to. In a previous blog, we compared three of the most common types of insulation — fiberglass, cellulose and spray foam. If you’ve had a chance to read it, then you probably already know that spray foam insulation is a great choice for many different applications. Not only does spray foam insulation have a higher R-Value, but it’s also resistant to mold and has next-level soundproofing abilities. However, once you choose to go with spray foam insulation, you still have one final choice to make.

There are actually two different kinds of spray foam to choose from — closed cell foam and open-cell foam — and here at 360 Thermal, we are dedicated to helping you find the right option for your needs. In this blog series, we’re carefully examining both types of insulation to help you determine which is best for you, and in Part 1, we went over open-cell foam. Keep reading to learn about closed-cell spray foam insulation.

What is closed-cell spray foam?

Closed-cell insulation utilizes chemical blowing agents in a liquid form. The gasses these chemicals create will expand, much like they do in open-cell foam, but they expand much slower and the plastic sets before the bubbles start to burst. This results in a foam that is much denser and more impermeable than open-cell foam.

The Pros and Cons of Closed-Cell Foam


  • Closed-cell has a higher R-Value.
  • Closed-cell can be applied at low temperatures.
  • Closed-cell is ideal for flood zones because it is designed to reject bulk water.
  • Closed-cell is ideal for both interior and exterior use.
  • Closed-cell increases structural strength.


  • Closed-cell is more expensive than open-cell.
  • Closed-cell is denser than open-cell and, therefore, requires more materials.


When should you use closed-cell foam over open-cell?

Closed-cell and open-cell spray foam insulation both have pros and cons, and the right one for your needs will depend on the nature of the project at hand. Although there is some overlap between applications that closed-cell and open-cell foam can be used for, in most cases, one is clearly more beneficial than the other. Closed-cell spray foam can be used for many applications, including:

  • Vented and Unvented Attics
  • Interior or Exterior Walls
  • Floors
  • Unvented Crawl Spaces
  • Concrete Slabs
  • Cold Storage
  • Freezers
  • Ducts
  • Coolers
  • Tanks
  • Ceilings


Let us help you find the right insulation solution for your needs.

We hope that this blog series will help you find the right option for your home or commercial building, but if you have further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re your go-to insulation contractors in Houston, and we have years of experience and expertise behind us. Not only can we install the right insulation, but we also have what it takes to help you find the right solution for your needs. We’re always happy to help, so please contact us today about your insulation needs in Houston.


Fiberglass vs Cellulose vs Spray Foam Insulation Comparison

Insulation Comparison, which is best?

When it comes time to insulate your home, you have many insulation options at your disposal. All insulation is designed to make your home more comfortable and efficient, but not all insulation is made equal. So how do you choose which insulation is right for you? The experts at 360 Thermal have come up with this insulation comparison to help you choose between the three main types of insulation: fiberglass, cellulose and spray foam.


Fiberglass is pink and fluffy, and it comes in batts. Fiberglass is also the most common types of insulation because it’s cheap and easy to install the pre-cut batts. But there are drawbacks to fiberglass insulation as well. Of the three types of insulation we’re going over today, fiberglass has the lowest R-value. And since fiberglass comes in batts, it makes it difficult to insulate nooks and crannies. Fiberglass also becomes useless once it gets wet.


Cellulose insulation is made of pulverized cloth and paper that has been treated with fire retardant, and it is a loose-fill product. Cellulose has a slightly better R-value than fiberglass, and since it’s loose, it can be blown into any nook or cranny. Cellulose helps to seal air leaks, and it even has some sound-proofing abilities. The downside to cellulose is that, if it gets wet from a roof or plumbing leak, it won’t dry quickly and will likely lead to mold.

Spray Foam

Spray foam is made by mixing liquid chemical compounds, and it can be used to fill any crack or gap. Spray foam has a much higher R-value than either fiberglass or cellulose, and it offers superior soundproofing qualities. Spray foam is also impermeable to water, so you don’t have to worry about mold or mildew.

Cutting your Utility Bills with Spray Foam Insulation

As you can see, spray foam insulation is clearly the superior choice, and here at 360 Thermal, we are your go-to spray foam experts in Houston. Contact us today to get your free estimate.


Reducing Energy Loss – Stack Effect Guide

The stack effect — a little-known problem that can have a huge impact on your wallet.

The “stack effect” isn’t a term we hear very often in everyday life. In fact, many people have no idea that it even exists. However, if your home has two or more stories, the stack effect could be dramatically reducing your home’s energy efficiency. That’s why the experts at 360 Thermal Houston have set out to help you understand what the stack effect is, how it can affect your home’s energy efficiency and what you can do to combat its effects.

What is the stack effect?

The simplest explanation of the stack effect is that is describes the motion of air being forced into or out of your home due to changes in pressure that are caused by the differences in temperatures on the inside and outside of the home. The stack effect is most obvious in winter. Warmer air is lighter and less dense than colder air, which is why it rises. If your home isn’t properly insulated, that rising air can leak right through your attic, which causes colder air to be pulled in the lower parts of your home. Although it may seem like a good thing for the warm air to escape from your home during the warmer, summer months, the stack effect can actually make your house warmer during the summer. In order to compensate for the cooler, higher density air inside your home, the stack effect causes the colder air to be forced down and out of the home through crawl spaces that are uninsulated and warm air to be forced in through an uninsulated attic.

How does the stack effect affect your home’s energy efficiency?

The stack effect undermines all of the hard work your HVAC system does to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-long. However, since your HVAC system is designed to get your home to the temperature you set it on, the stack effect will cause it to keep on working and pumping out air that is being forced out of your home. Not only does this lead to an increase in your monthly energy bills, but all of that extra work can also reduce the lifespan of your HVAC system.

What can you do to combat the stack effect?

The stack effect can have devastating impacts on both your wallet and your HVAC system, but the good news is that you are not helpless to its effects. Installing the right kind of spray foam insulation in strategic areas, like the attic and crawl spaces in your home, can eliminate the stack effect and save you money every month on your energy bills. In fact, homeowners who combat the stack effect with attic and crawl space insulation will typically save between 30 and 50 percent on their energy bills.

Don’t let the stack effect get you down.

If your home always feels cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer, regardless of what you set your thermostat on, you may be seeing the effects of the stack effect first-hand. Find out if spray foam insulation is the right solution for your home in Houston by contacting us at 360 Thermal today@ 713-588-3626 for a free energy audit today and start saving on high utility bills.


Spray Foam Insulation Benefits for Houston Texas and The Surrounding Area

There is no better option than spray foam insulation.

360 THERMAL – Offering spray foam insulation for Houston Texas and the surrounding areas.

Whether you are looking to insulate your home or commercial building in Houston, it’s important to know that not all insulation is made equal. While fiberglass used to rule the insulation world, it is now largely outdated, and today, we have a much better option in spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation might be more expensive than traditional insulation, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. Here are just a few of the many benefits of using spray foam insulation in your home or commercial building:

#1. Spray foam provides an air-tight seal.

The expansive nature of spray foam allows it to tightly seal every nook and cranny in your space, making it a far superior option to other types of insulation. The R-value is a materials resistance value to conduction heat transfer, and spray foam’s R-value is around 3.9 per inch for open cell insulation and 6.8 per inch for closed cell insulation, which is among the highest available R-values on the market today. Compared to other types of insulation, the air-tight seal created by spray foam insulation is 24 times less permeable.

#2. Spray foam can save you money and energy.

Did you know that most high energy bills can be traced to air leaks? The powerful, airtight seal that spray foam insulation creates can also help you enjoy big energy savings on a monthly basis. With most insulation, you could see, on average, a 20% percent energy savings, but with spray foam, it’s closer to a 50% savings.

#3. Spray foam creates a moisture barrier.

Air isn’t the only concern when it comes to cracks and inefficiencies in insulation; moisture is also a concern. Unlike fiberglass and other types of insulation, closed cell spray foam is impermeable to water. If fiberglass insulation were to get wet, it would lose all of its efficiency and need to be replaced. But since closed cell spray foam is impermeable to water, it can effectively protect your attic or crawlspace against leaks.

Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more benefits of spray foam insulation!

For more information or a free estimate give us a call at 713-588-FOAM (3626) or visit our office at 15700 Export Plaza Dr., Suite C, Houston TX 77032