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Is Spray Foam Insulation Rodent Proof?

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Pest control is a service that no one wants to enlist, but fortunately, there’s lots you can do around your home to radically reduce rodent activity. 

Mice and pests can cause serious damage to your home, which if left unaddressed long-term, can compromise structural integrity, and pose safety problems aplenty.

Yet despite the fact that rodent activity is an all too common occurrence, many homeowners tackle the problem, without wondering how it arose in the first place.

However, without discerning the underlying cause, the problem will usually resurface in time, with pests making a reappearance at a later date.

Prevent Pests for Good with Spray Foam Insulation

When considering the cause of pests, the majority of property owners fail to understand how insulation materials influence rodent activity. 

Traditional insulation methods are not only less efficient at retaining heat; they also act as a food source for pests, as well as providing the ideal nesting grounds for whiskered intruders.

And the problems don’t end there.

Having rodents in your home also poses a serious hazard to your family’s health, leading to infection and disease if left unchecked.

Fibreglass and cellulose are the main guilty culprits, closely followed by rockwool and sheep’s wool insulation.

In contrast, spray foam stops conniving critters in their tracks, by providing an airtight barrier that is neither a food source, nor a breeding grounds for pests.

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How do Traditional Materials Encourage Pests?

Insulation panelling such as fibreglass or Styrofoam plastic can encourage pests into your home in two main ways.

The first is that they give physical access to the property.

Where insulation is supplied in panels, inevitable gaps, which no matter how small, can be used by pests and rodents to crawl through and get into the home.

The second method of encouragement is that insulation can become a foodstuff for pests – they feed on it and don’t just stuff their faces, but damage the insulation in doing so, leaving you with ineffective insulation. Mice are able to squeeze through spaces the size of a pen, so risks can’t be taken with gaps!

How Does Spray Foam Prevent Them?

Spray foam insulation acts as a pest deterrent, keeping invasive, furry intruders outside where they belong.

The chemical make-up of spray foam insulation means that it won’t be fed on by pests of any breed or size.

In addition to this, spray foam also prevents rodents from nesting, as unlike fibreglass and cellulose, which express considerable gaps between fibres, spray foam doesn’t sag or lag over time, making it a brilliant barrier material.

As a water-blown foam, spray foam insulation is open-celled; allowing moisture to drain out of it seamlessly, without any residue resulting. It’s these superlative features that differentiate it from traditional insulation products on the market.

Any residue left behind, as in standard insulation options, can become a haven for mould to grow and damp to take hold around your property – which spray foam insulation won’t allow.

This leaves you with an insulation method that doesn’t deteriorate or lessen over time.

Spray foam insulation, such as Icynene, comes with a 25-year manufacturer’s guarantee, and is fully BBA (British Board of Agrement) certified, ensuring long-term peace of mind.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered-Spray Foam Takes the Topspot!

In sealing off physical access to the building, spray foam insulation also comes out on top.

The foam is sprayed or injected directly into the relevant cavities (be that floor, roof or walls). Once it leaves the container, the foam expands up to one hundred times its original size to fill all available space, regardless of shape or size.

This means that even the smallest area of air is filled with foam, creating an entire seal against the outside cavities and the building and, therefore, the outside world.

Spray Foam Takes Safety Seriously

The chemical material in Icynene doesn’t contain any toxins, allergens or nasties – so will improve air quality throughout your home.

Other polyurethane foam insulations can contain formaldehyde, and degrade to let off harmful gases; for tip top air quality, it’s important to have the right foam installed.

Several of our customers have commented on the improved air quality in their homes after installation – a real benefit for families who have breathing conditions, such as asthma, that are aggravated by airborne allergens.

In order to protect your family and home from rodents and pests, it’s imperative to have spray foam insulation installed by a fully-accredited expert technician.

Here at Home Logic, we will give you a completely bespoke, free, no-obligation home survey to ensure that your insulation is totally tailored to you and your home.

Pests beware – spray foam is here to stay!

 

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