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Icynene Spray Foam Insulation QuestionsBy admin
Friday, 16 November 2018
Our team of insulation installers can provide home-owners or commercial business owners an eco-friendly, non-toxic solution to traditional insulation methods such as Polyurethane. Find out answers to some of the most common Icynene Insulation Questions here.
Prepare For Winter With Icynene Spray Foam Insulation
With the cold weather fast approaching and the end of summer in sight, some of the British public are not looking forward to spending a Christmas with high heating bills to heat their cold property. Well luckily for those people their is a solution, and that’s upgrading your properties insulation with the Icynene Insulation System.
Homeowners from Canada, a country with some of the most extreme weather in the world have been using this insulation for over 30 years with outstanding success.
It surpasses all other insulations by providing an air tight barrier, or building envelope to a standard that no other insulation can even come close to. This is because materials such as Celotex have to be cut to exact sizes and even then their are small air leakage points.
The Icynene Insulation System expands and creates an airtight seal in your home, situated between a breathable membrane to protect your roof it is the ideal choice for home-owners looking to keep their property warm without costing them a small fortune.
2019 looks to be a big year for Icynene. By replacing all of the traditional insulation materials such as Celotex, Fibreglass, Corking, vapor barriers or other conventional insulation products, Icynene is the most popular of the lot with an outstanding growth in the country since it’s launch.
So without further ado, let's look at some of the common questions surrounding Icynene...
Like every product, Icynene has it’s pros and cons. But the pros far outweigh the latter. The product pays for itself on average of 3 years, not to mention the added comfort you will get from a properly insulated home and money off your bills for years to come
What is Icynene Spray Foam Insulation?
The Icynene Insulation system works as a complete building envelope for your property, ensuring maximum airtightness and warmth throughout. By providing an effective moisture barrier for your property the Icynene Insulation System works as the ultimate solution to your home comfort needs.
The insulation this material provides can cover plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring ( minus shower and cooker) and seal around windows & doors. Spray Foam Insulation is so popular in North America it has successfully been installed in over 50% of properties.
The BBA and ETA approval of Icynene ensures a regulated and high performing amount of efficiency with product, and it’s ease of application allows most properties to be installed in under a day. With it’s expansive and flexible composure, the Icynene Insulation System accommodates the most unconventional of building designs (As can be seen across our various case studies) and provides an outstanding amount of insulation.
Although other materials seem to have a similar composure, polyicynene ( Pol-e-ice-e-nene) foam is derived of organic materials from the petrochemical industry which are already applied to a high number of homes today.
Key Benefits of Icynene Spray Foam Insulation
Like every product, Icynene has it’s pros and cons. But the pros far outweigh the latter. The product pays for itself on average of 3 years, not to mention the added comfort you will get from a properly insulated home and money off your bills for years to come.
The Icynene Insulation System is the ideal investment for any eco-friendly home owner looking to improve their property. Here are the main uses:
Cold draughts can let in small amounts of air and moisture which build up over time and cause heat loss as well as a degree of uncomfortable atmosphere in your home. So throw away the caulking, Icynene once sprayed instantly expands and fills any air leakage points leaving your home airtight.
This is because the two part formula of Icynene ( which is completely water blown) consists of a chemical composition of Polyisocyanates and a catalyst which reacts with the Icynene causing it to expand. Off gassing from the product occurs for 2 hours but as Licensed Icynene Spray Foam installers we allow a 24 hour no entry period before allowing
Costs for repairing damp damage to the house can range anywhere betweens £200 for an exterior wall to up to and over £15,000 for detached house. It is obvious that the Icynene Insulation System is a suitable option to help combat this issue
Homes with poor ventilation or air leakage points can succumb to damp or condensation. Not insulating your home with Icynene can lead to respiratory problems and other illnesses, especially in young children or the elderly.
By allowing mould to formulate in areas such as the loft, basement or attic you are exposing yourself to potential breathing problems and even damage to clothes as bacterial fungi can grow on the fabrics rendering them unusable. The Icynene Insulation System forms a continuous layer of insulation throughout you property which not only stops moisture from creeping in to air leakage points, but also helps dissipate it.
High Heating Bills
High heating bills are a continual worry for home-owners, and it’s not surprising since they have more than doubled since 2004 and are set to do the same again by 2020.
Prevention is the only option and by creating an air envelope in your property you can effectively reduce you energy bills by up to and over 35%. The Icynene Insulation System allows you maintain an ambient temperature without having to turn up the heating.
Rodents, pests and mites can cause issues in your home. Whether they are nesting in your loft or creeping around your house you can be sure traditional insulations such as fibreglass act as the perfect nesting point.
By choosing Icynene as your insulation you can be sure any breeding grounds for these types of pests are eliminated and you can enjoy your loft space.
The Icynene Insulation Systems expanding composition allows any small gaps or air leakage points to be eliminated with the effective air barrier it creates
Should Insulation U-Values Drive Your Decision?
U-value (or R-Value) is a term that comes up a lot when discussing insulation, but a lot of home-owners are unsure on how to use the information. Whether you’ve been looking at fibreglass, cellulose or Icynene the term will always refer to important information towards the suitability of your home for the product. So although some insulations may have a higher U Value, this does not make it necessarily more effective.
The Icynene Insulation Systems expanding composition allows any small gaps or air leakage points to be eliminated with the effective air barrier it creates.
How Long Does It Take to Cure?
Icynene takes less than two hours to cure, where the chemicals used then become inert and completely harmless to the home-owner. The expansion of the product happens instantly after spraying and it you can watch it rise like you would watch a cake or bouncy castle rise.
It expands to 100 times its volume and looks like a sponge or cloud once settled. If you poke the foam it squashes inwards.
Any Harmful Emissions?
No, although our sprayers are fully suited and booted there are no toxic VOC’s present in the air after the settling period has commenced. Extensive studies have shown that after 30 days any airborne particles cause by the water blown spraying procedure of Icynene have completely dissipated.
This is an eco friendly and health improving product that has been approved by the BBA, Green Deal and ETA.
Icynene has also been showcased on prime time TV programs such as Grand Designs and channels such as The Discovery Channel. Home-owner conventions are also starting to showcase Icynene more and more, knowledge of the product is expanding quicker than it is sprayed
How Long has Spray Foam Insulation Been Around For?
Icynene was first developed in Canada in the 1980’s, the era of disco music, flares and the afro. Since then its use has exponentially developed with Icynene and spray foam insulations improving over 50% of homes in North America. As it’s use has grown Icynene have developed a subcontractor network which sprawls across more than 30 different countries and over 15 different installer companies in the UK alone.
What Does Icynene Look Like?
A quick Google search can clear this up, Icynene looks like a fluffy cloud once applied, being spongy to touch.
What Does Icynene Feel Like?
If you put enough pressure on the product you can poke holes in it, its tough exterior texture and soft interior make it feel like putting your finger into a lemon meringue, but we wouldn’t recommend eating it!
Icynene is a non irritant as opposed to fibreglass insulation which can cause a number of irritating side effects for installers.
Is Icynene Safe For Pets?
Yes, Icynene is suitable for homes with pets and other animals. Once settled it contains no airborne chemicals which could be harmful.
What is Icynene Made Of?
An organic petroleum extract is the main ingredient used to formulate Icynene. Icynene spray foam do not contain chemicals which are harmful to the environment such as HFCs, HCFCs of HFAs. Most Icynene spray foam insulations are completely water blown which helps contribute towards the environment.
Our LD-C-50 range what we spray also contains castor oil, an organic product what people use on their skin and face, helping develop a more sustainable future for the development of the product. Independent testing from Saskatchewan Research Council has revealed that there are no VOC emissions after 30 days from application.
As a safety precaution we advise casing any wiring with conduit to allow further access after the Icynene has been applied. This also eliminates any performance alteration to the wiring
Any Electric Wiring Overheating Problems?
No, Icynene has been developed to no affect the performance of electrical cabling and can be sprayed over it. The only exception is from shower or kitchen wiring which has a higher amperage and is more prone to over heating.
As a safety precaution we advise casing any wiring with conduit to allow further access after the Icynene has been applied. This also eliminates any performance alteration to the wiring.
Icynene Cost on Average
Icynene is priced by the square meter. It is down to independent businesses to decide how much they charge for the product.
Icynene DOES NOT sell to unlicensed distributors or do it yourself sprayers. Doing this would invalidate any warranty given with the product.
Is Icynene Urea Formaldehyde?
No, Icynene is not and does not contain urea formaldehyde. Urea formaldehyde is a resiny/ plastic based product which can be used for insulation or Agricultural use.
You will benefit from a professional Icynene installation from extensively trained contractors, as well a 25 year manufacturers warranty for peace of mind should anything not be installed to the professional requirements our company promotes
Icynene Insulation in Northern Ireland
We cover the whole of England, Wales and Scotland with our Icynene services. However if you live in Northern Ireland and are looking for a sprayer you can find a list of approved installers on Icynene’s official website.
How Many Countries Has It Been Applied In?
Over 30 countries and across 4 continents. Icynene spray foam has been installed all over Europe, from Croatia to England with outstanding success. It’s suitability for both hot and cold climates makes it an ideal solution for home-owners looking to improve the comfort of their home.
The Value of Choosing a Certified Installer
Here is the perfect example of the ‘Penny wise, pound foolish’ quote that goes back hundreds of years. You should avoid cutting corners when insulating your home as it will cost more in the long run. By choosing a certified and professional Icynene installer your project will go much further than the initial price tag.
You will benefit from a professional Icynene installation from extensively trained contractors, as well a 25 year manufacturers warranty for peace of mind should anything not be installed to the professional requirements our company promotes.
Licensed Icynene installers are limited so do not be fooled. People have been caught out by companies mis representing the product or fraudulently selling a different product such as Polyurethane stating it is Icynene.
U-value of Icynene Insulation
U-value is derived from a controlled laboratory test of insulation’s resistance to conductive heat flow. Icynene’s thermal conductivity is 0.039 from this the wall/roof over all u-value can be calculated.
A Safe and Salient Solution
Canada is a country which is synonymous with quality and reliability. It also has some of the wildest temperature variations in the world. This proves how reliable and effective Icynene Insulation is and re-enforces the fact that spray foam is king when it comes to insulating unconventional and difficult to reach. From residential to commercial sites Icynene Insulation is the leading innovation in spray foam technology.
Cons of Icynene Spray Foam Insulation
Apart from the initial investment their are not to many cons about the Icynene Insulation Products. The three biggest issues people find with the insulation are:
- Finding a Licensed Installer – Licensed Icynene installers are limited so do not be fooled. People have been caught out by companies mis representing the product or fraudulently selling a different product such as Polyurethane stating it is Icynene. ALWAYS check the Icynene Official Website for a list of certified installers.
- Can Be Messy Upon Application- Ensure that any items that could be sprayed over are removed from the area to be applied with Icynene. Installers take the best care they can to avoid this kind of issue but with the nature of the product it is sometimes difficult to keep it clean!
- Membrane – We are one of the only companies that provide a breathable membrane in-between Icynene and the roof. Failure to do this means that the foam will be sprayed to the underside of the tiles resulting in difficulty when changing tiles or undertaking roof repairs.
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