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Can Expanding Foam Be Used As Insulation? The Definitive AnswerBy admin
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Spray foam insulation is already the market leader for insulating homes in colder countries such as Canada, Sweden and Norway-and is now proving particularly popular in properties back here in ol’ blighty, where inclement weather is pretty much par for the course.
However, popular myths surrounding this foam abound, making it difficult to discern whether it would work well in your home.
The following article aims to clarify your confusion, discover the details, and help you make a decision. Let’s begin…
What Is It Made Up Of?
Spray foam insulation is a chemical foam that’s mixed with water, to create a spray foam that expands as it enters the air. The expansion is vast – up to one hundred times its original size – and it dries quickly once it’s landed on a surface.
The foam contains no measurable VOCs, and no formaldehyde. There’s nothing toxic within it , and it’s completely safe to touch and be around once dried (you can touch it when wet, but wouldn’t want to, as you’d damage the insulation!)
Where Does It Go?
Spray foam insulation is sprayed directly onto the inside of your roof, under your floors, onto your walls or injected into cavities.
The nature of the foam expanding means that it’ll fill any space, so once dried, the area is completely air tight, and cannot be affected by cold, heat, or residual moisture in the air.
The dried spray foam insulation acts to block the ‘thermal bridge’ that normally applies when one item or surface touches another and passes on its heat or cool.
How Does It Improve Air Quality?
There are two ways in which spray foam insulation can improve the air quality in your home. The first is that the complete barrier between your home and the outdoors is that no pests, insects, allergens or toxins can pass through and into your property.
The second is that, unlike traditional fibreglass insulation panels, spray foam insulation will not deteriorate over time and release any nasties into the air.
It comes with a 25-year minimum manufacturers guarantee and after that time can be topped up with additional installations, but still will not exude anything harmful.
Existing customers on TrustPilot note the benefit of cleaner, healthier air in their homes. Customer, Colin Curtis said “[Previously] in my bedroom you could feel damp in the air. When I get up in the morning now, my back is a lot better, because the air is not damp; it was well worth having it done”.
The nature of spray foam insulation is that it creates an airtight seal against the temperature of the outside world. This creates a comfortable temperature within your home, reducing the need for constant heating and cooling, providing a pleasant environment for you to reside in
Why Is The Workmanship So Good?
Unlike the D.I.Y jobs of buying fibreglass insulation panels and nailing, sliding or stuffing them to walls, and into cavities, spray foam insulation is only installed by fully accredited expert technicians.
The technicians can spray your home, and have the job completed within just a few hours, dependent, of course, on the size of the area to be sprayed.
This ensures your new insulation is installed in the best possible way, and will last as long as possible before you have to invest in any top-ups of spray.
When Can I Expect To See Savings?
The nature of spray foam insulation is that it creates an airtight seal against the temperature of the outside world. This creates a comfortable temperature within your home, reducing the need for constant heating and cooling, providing a pleasant environment for you to reside in.
This results in less energy usage within the home, which translates into lower energy bills. Existing customers report saving up to 35% on their household bills, which is an impressive discount, as we’re sure you’ll agree!
In fact, most homeowners will find their spray foam insulation has paid for itself within 3 years of it being installed.
Where Can I Find More Information?
Our friendly team can be contacted for a chat, quotation and home survey, completely free of charge, and without any obligation to purchase. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get in touch today!
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