Benefits of Using Foam Insulation for Animal Housing

Whether you're housing livestock or just building a doghouse for your dog to lounge in, insulation may be difficult to incorporate because of things like pests and moisture. Here are some of the benefits of using foam insulation for animal housing.

1. Excludes pests

Pests can be a huge nuisance and could even threaten your animals' health by carrying diseases. Some types of insulation, such as fiberglass batts, can provide an attractive nesting area for rodent pests. Foam insulation doesn't have the same texture, meaning it may be less suitable as a nesting material.

And using spray foam insulation to seal up chinks and crevices where pests could gain entrance to your buildings can make your buildings less attractive to pests and cut down on pest infestations.

2. Resists water

Closed-cell varieties of foam insulation are waterproof, which is important for several reasons in outdoor applications. Animal shelters may not be as protected from moisture as a human habitation, meaning the insulation is more likely to come in contact with condensation, humidity, drips, splashes, and other forms of moisture.

You need insulation that can last under these circumstances. Because closed-cell foam insulation is waterproof, it won't become compressed when water hits it. It also won't absorb water and become less insulating, or degrade structurally when water is present.

3. Offers high efficiency

When you're insulating a barn or doghouse, you probably don't have room for a foot or two of insulation thickness on every wall. So using an insulation that works well with just an inch or two of material can be a big help.

Foam insulation is quite efficient, meaning that you only have to use a little of it to keep your outbuilding or barn warm. This makes foam insulation easy not only to install with new barns and outbuildings but to retrofit on existing animal shelters as well.

4. Adapts to circumstances

A final benefit of foam insulation is that it can work well in a variety of circumstances, rather than needing one specific situation to allow its use. For instance, some types of foam insulation can simply be sprayed onto the underside of a barn roof and will stick there, rather than requiring an attic floor for installation. This allows you to use foam insulation in many difficult-to-access spots. 

These are just a few of the benefits you can reap from using foam insulation for your animal housing. Whether you're a pet parent, a hobby farmer, or the owner of a large ranch, foam insulation can help you protect your animals from the weather.

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