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Expanding Foam Uses And Advantages For Homeowners

expanding foam uses and advantages spray foam insulation

Expanding foam or spray foam is a versatile substance that can have a multitude of uses around the home.

Whether it is applied by experts as insulation or bought in a can and used by the DIYer, it can improve your home and help you to fix issues that you might have thought were impossible to gain access to.

Composition wise, expanding foam is a mixture of isocyanate and polyol resin that is forced together under pressure. When sprayed, it will expand to up to 60 times it original size, enabling it to fill all gaps and cracks with ease.

The foam comes as open cell and closed cell. Open cell has large air pockets and is a great insulator, while closed cell is more dense and is useful for improving the structure of your home as well as sound proofing.

With so many advantages, it has been hard to choose the very best, but hopefully our list will allow you to see that expanding foam is great for more than insulation.

Improves Internal Comfort

Spray foam is perfect as an insulator, and that is the application that it is mostly used for. It can be sprayed directly between rafters in lofts to provide a barrier to cold air coming in, or warm air leaving the house.

It can also be added to exterior and interior walls through small, drilled holes. The cavity is then filled with the foam, giving excellent insulative qualities. It can be applied in a variety of spaces, including small and hard to reach areas in lofts.

The result is a home that has improved energy efficiency, and lowered energy bills. Homeowners will find that their house is warmer and more comfortable. It has been estimated that a home that is fully insulated can expected to save around £300 per year on energy bills.

expanding foam uses and advantages spray foam insulation

To soundproof your home with spray foam, you can add it to interior walls and floor cavities to prevent noise for passing from one room to the next, or between floors. It is also a useful way to retrofit a sound barrier – especially if you are converting a house into flats, and need to meet sound regulations

Possesses Superior Sound-Proofing Properties

Due to its density, spray foam is an excellent way to soundproof your home. The way that sound travels around your home is based on it moving along the structure, including the walls and the timber.

To minimise noise, it is essential to provide a barrier to that noise travel. Spray foam provides that barrier.

To soundproof your home with spray foam, you can add it to interior walls and floor cavities to prevent noise for passing from one room to the next, or between floors. It is also a useful way to retrofit a sound barrier – especially if you are converting a house into flats, and need to meet sound regulations.

Prevents Problems With Pipework

The pipes around your home transport large volumes of water, and if they were to suffer damage from being frozen, the result could be a catastrophic escape of water into your home, leading to huge amounts of damage.

In fact, the insurance industry say that the average claim for an escape of water event is £7,500.

Protecting your pipes from freezing is critical to preventing this problem. Insulating them with spray foam is an excellent way to do this. The spray can be simply applied to the pipes to give them a coating that will keep them warmer and prevent them from freezing during cold weather.

It will also keep the water flowing through them warmer – lowering the cost of heating water throughout your home.

expanding foam uses and advantages spray foam insulation

If you have gaps in your roof, around your windows, or around the bath or shower that are allowing damp to build up, this can easily cause condensation and eventual mould problems. Preventing this may be as easy as preventing the water from accessing areas it shouldn’t

Provides An Impressively Airtight Seal

With energy prices so high, it is important to ensure that you are keeping your home as air tight as possible. Spray foam is the perfect way to fill gaps that might be letting the warm air out of your home. These might be: around windows, floor boards, door openings, and even in your walls.

In particular, your loft and attic and can be a source of openings that could be letting in the weather-and even small animals like mice and squirrels. Best of all, spray foam is easy to direct towards hard to reach spots, and will fill gaps that cannot be filled in any other way.

Gives Moisture Its Marching Orders

Spray foam is waterproof, and is therefore the perfect way to prevent water coming inside your home – additionally, it is a great insulator, and will work in this way to prevent mould and mildew inside your home.

If you have gaps in your roof, around your windows, or around the bath or shower that are allowing damp to build up, this can easily cause condensation and eventual mould problems. Preventing this may be as easy as preventing the water from accessing areas it shouldn’t.

Keeps Dastardly Draughts At Bay

If you have poorly fitted windows that have not been insulated around the frames, you will know that this can cause draughts and cold spots around the area.

You can use spray foam to fill the gaps in the window frame to secure the window in place, and keep potential leakage points sufficiently sealed.

expanding foam uses and advantages spray foam insulation

Whether you want to make your home airtight, or stop your windows from rattling, spray foam offers a quick and easy way to achieve all you home improvement dreams!

Expanding Foam Uses And Advantages: The Full Works

● Spray foam is a flexible product that can be used in almost all locations, including outside. It can be sprayed into small gaps that cannot be filled by other means.
● Spray foam is waterproof and is perfect for use in the bathroom, kitchen and attic, where water can be an issue for other forms of filler.
● Spray foam is very dense, and therefore works perfectly as a soundproofing option around noisy pipes, and between walls to keep sound from travelling.
● Spray foam is most often used as an insulation material and can be sprayed between rafters in your loft to provide fantastic insulation compared to other products.
● Spray foam can be used by the DIYer in small applications; however, if you are covering a larger area, it always better to use a professional.
● Spray foam is a safe and stable product, and does not release gases once it has set. It does need to be applied carefully, so always follow instructions.
● Spray foam is fire resistant, and is suitable to meet fire regulations for homes and businesses.
● Spray foam really does last and will not need to be replaced after a few years like other insulation materials.

Whether you want to make your home airtight, or stop your windows from rattling, spray foam offers a quick and easy way to achieve all you home improvement dreams. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to book your free survey today!