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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Spray Foam InsulationBy admin
Thursday, 29 August 2019
If you already have an idea as to what spray foam insulation is, or whether you’re keen to satisfy your curiosity on the subject, you’re in the right place. Here you can find out exactly what spray foam is, how it works and most importantly of all, the advantages and disadvantages of spray foam.
Read on to expand your knowledge (get it?) on how to keep you and your family warm during the Winter festivities, and whether spray foam insulation is suitable for your home…
Spray Foam Insulation: Dictionary Definition
First of all, the clue is in the name. Spray foam insulation comes originally in semi-liquid form, before it is sprayed into place using some extremely high-tech hosing equipment.
Once it hardens and expands, up to 100 times its application size, it sets and turns into an insulating layer. Spray foam insulation can be used to insulate your walls, roof, loft and floors.
This method isn’t exactly new either, as it has been in circulation now for over 30 years. However, now more than ever, the solution is becoming increasingly popular due to its effective insulating qualities and its ability to stop air leakage.
Spray Foam Insulation: Join The Revolution!
According to a report from the National Insulation Association (NIA), just 100mm of spray foam insulation is the equivalent of 170mm of standard loft insulation. The government states that all buildings must be insulated to a minimum thickness of 270mm.
To put things into perspective, especially in the loft, the 270mm thickness tends to be higher than the joists. This means you cannot install boards on top of the insulation. This may lead to a certain level of air leakage, rather than the aspiration of keeping the warm air inside.
With spray foam insulation, its ability to fill the gaps will radically reduce air leakage without overtaking the joists, meaning you can still utilise the loft for storage, should you wish to do.
But without further ado, let’s look at the list of advantages and disadvantages of spray foam insulation!
How Spray Foam Saves You Money
There are many key advantages of using spray foam insulation to layer up your home in order to not only keep warm but to save money as well. That being said, the economic savings are a huge advantage.
Another key advantage is how sturdy spray foam insulation can be. Other forms of insulation such as cellulose or fibreglass insulation tend to sag or settle after a while. This can leave such things as “cold spots” in your loft, meaning areas that are again exposed to air leakage.
With spray foam insulation, it adheres to the surface, almost like a tight hug. It will not leave cold spots in the walls, in the roof or under the floors!
Spray Foam Insulation Problems And Plus Points: A Fair Debate
As with every debate, whether it be cars or insulation in this case, there’s no such thing as the perfect product. Insulation doesn’t escape this. That being said, there are a few things to be mindful of when deciding whether to use spray foam as your choice of insulation.
One of the main drawbacks for some people is the cost. It has to be said that spray foam insulation is an example of paying for quality. The expenses do bow down to the materials and tools required, plus the knowledge and experience of the professionals that are required to do the job itself.
However, as in most cases you may see a return on investment within three years, it’s not hard to see why spray foam is a safe investment!
In order for the insulation to work efficiently, and for it to be completely harmless for residents and pets, the home does need to be vacated for 24 hours, whilst the insulation hardens and sets.
This can be seen as a minor inconvenience, but once the 24 hour period has come and gone, the home will be completely habitable once again, with no harmful effects on those involved.
Seeking Expert Advice? Look No Further!
If you’re looking for a more bespoke list of advantages and disadvantages of spray foam insulation, you can give the team here at Home Logic a call on 0800 1700 636.
From there you can book yourself a free site survey with no obligation to proceed.
Take the first step to transforming your home this Winter (and decreasing your overall bills), by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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