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Can Spray Foam Combat Extremes Of Weather?By admin
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Here in the UK, we are often exposed to what might be described as extremes of weather (and sometimes all in one day). We might wake to a frost, that turns into a warm sunny day that is followed by a thunder storm and a chilly night – and that is in the Summer!
In the Winter, we might expect to see snow, hail, severe frosts and temperatures heading towards -10 or worse. Building homes that will allow us to live comfortably in these extreme weather conditions can be tricky – but good insulation goes a long way to achieving this aim
Spray foam insulation offers a solution to both hot and cold weather and might be the answer you are looking for.
Over the last few years, the government has been pushing householders to insulate their homes. These campaigns have included the Energy Company Obligation scheme which forces energy companies to contribute to the costs of insulating homes to protect against the cold and to reduce energy bills.
You can also gain access to a number of discounts off insulation. Most of these apply to the mineral wool insulation that many of us are familiar with, and, in some cases, to wall cavity insulation.
Spray foam insulation is not yet on the government radar and yet it is one of the most energy efficient forms of insulation and can offer your home protection from both the cold of the Winter, and the heat of the Summer.
What Is Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray foam is a combination of two chemicals that are forced together under pressure to form a compound that will expand up to 9 times its original size.
It comes in two main types: closed cell and open cell. The former forms a more rigid foam that can be used structurally in your home, while the second is breathable and is ideal for use in residential homes.
Spray foam insulation is usually applied between the rafters of your roof, and will offer the same insulation value as 270mm of mineral wool insulation from just 100mm of foam.
This means that it takes up much less space, and is therefore a popular choice with anyone who wants to turn their loft into a more usable area-without compromising the size of the space.
Spray foam can be used in even the most awkward of spaces, and will form a complete seal in places where mineral wool simply cannot be used. In addition to this, it can be used to insulate pipes and tanks, as well as filling holes and cavities.
Best of all, spray foam is waterproof, and known to last well in excess of 30 years. It is not affected by damp or condensation, (unlike mineral wool insulation that must be replaced if it becomes wet.)
Using spray foam insulation can alleviate many of the issues you may have around your home that are the result of extremes of weather.
Balancing the temperature throughout your home will reduce the need to ventilate during the Winter (reducing the need to heat your home), and will ensure that you find it easier to maintain an even temperature
It Helps You Love Up Your Loft Space
One thing we all know about our attics and lofts is that they are either incredibly hot or incredibly cold. The reason for this is that they are generally insulated between the floor of the loft and the ceiling of the downstairs rooms.
This establishes a micro-climate in the loft that is separate from the rest of the house. Spray foam alleviates this by insulating the underside of the roof. This allows the temperature in the loft to be more even – year round.
The importance of this is clear. Extremes of temperature in the loft can lead to condensation issues that will cause damp, mould, damage to timbers and damage to your property. It also means that it is very hard to use the loft for anything more than storage.
The recommendation is always to leave your heating on low if you plan to be away for any period of time in the Winter – but the added security of well insulated pipes will give you the peace of mind you deserve
It Protects Your Pipework From Extremes Of Weather
A series of cold, frosty or snowy days can lead to all kinds of problems with your water pipes-especially if you happen to be away and haven’t left the heating on!
Frozen and burst pipes are one of the leading causes of insurance claims in the Winter, and can have a devastating effect on your entire property – especially if the broken pipe happens to be mains fed.
You can use spray foam insulation to prevent your pipes from getting too cold, by simply using the spray around the pipes – especially those that sit against exterior walls.
By having your loft correctly insulated, you are also protecting the pipes in your loft from the extremes of temperature in that room.
The recommendation is always to leave your heating on low if you plan to be away for any period of time in the Winter – but the added security of well insulated pipes will give you the peace of mind you deserve.
It Tackles Temperature Fluctuations Head On
It is natural to associate insulation with keeping our homes nice and warm during the Winter, but it can also play a role in keeping us cool in the Summer.
We all know that hot air rises; usually this means that the heat of the day will end up in the loft. If you use traditional insulation in your loft, it may be more difficult for that heat to penetrate into the loft, and, as a result, your home will feel very warm.
With spray foam insulation, the heat can make its way into the loft, and then out through the roof due to the open cell structure of the spray foam insulation you have used.
The breathable nature of the foam means that it allows the heat to dissipate. But it is not just the heat from your home that you need to worry about. Spray foam on the underside of your roof will prevent heat from outside entering the loft room as well.
In the long run spray foam is a worthwhile investment and will save you money in insurance payouts, energy bills and air conditioning costs. We may have little control over the weather here on our little island, but we can certainly do all we can to protect our homes
It Supports Homes In Exposed Areas Of The Country
While it may not be a huge issue in the UK, we do still have occasional high wind events – even hurricanes. Spray foam has been found to be a significant improvement on other forms of insulation in US and Canadian homes when it came to protection from high wind weather events.
This is due to its ability to provide additional structural integrity to the roof area. This also applies to the rain that often accompanies these weather extremes. Because of its waterproof nature, spray foam will prevent water getting in – even if your roof has lost some tiles.
It Provides Better Basement Protection
While spray foam insulation may not prevent access of water into your home through doors and under the floor, it can protect your basement.
Basement contractors often use spray foam as an insulating material because they are aware it adds a waterproofing element to the tanking process. When the surrounding area floods, your basement will be protected and any damage will be limited.
As you can see, spray foam is a versatile product that is designed to give you options when it come to protecting and insulating your home.
In the long run spray foam is a worth while investment and will save you money in insurance payouts, energy bills and air conditioning costs. We may have little control over the weather here on our little island, but we can certainly do all we can to protect our homes.
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