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Spray Foam Insulation for Cargo Vans: Can It Be Done?

spray foam insulation for cargo vans

Insulating a cargo van can make a big difference to the temperature of the interior during Winter. This in turn makes an equally big difference to the comfort of the driver-essential for long haul journeys.

Using spray foam insulation for cargo vans makes the insulating process much easier, and also provides reliable and effective insulation.

Not only does insulating the van make it more comfortable for the driver, it can also prevent damage to any tools stored inside. When metal is subject to extreme temperatures, it can deform and lose its integrity.

If your tools or other equipment are reaching below freezing temperatures overnight, and then rapidly being warmed by the heating of your van, the rapid change in temperature can exacerbate the problems caused by temperature.

Why Should I Insulate My Cargo Van?

The principle of insulating a van is simple. By adding a layer, or layers, of different materials, you can slow down the rate at which heat escapes from your vehicle.

Insulation will also affect sounds; from inside the van you will hear less of the outside noise. If you’re planning to convert your cargo van then this might be a desired effect alongside the heat insulation.

However, insulating your van properly is not so simple. If you leave even a small gap, your insulation will be much less effective. Ensuring that you cover every nook and cranny is a much more difficult task than many people realise.

Using spray foam makes it much easier to ensure that you cover the entirety of your van when insulating.

How Does Heat Loss Occur?

In order to understand why spray foam insulation is such an effective means of insulating your van, you need to understand exactly how insulation works and what its purpose is.

In the simplest terms, the principle behind insulation is that by adding another layer of material to your vehicle you slow down the rate at which heat is lost. It’s the exact same idea as putting an extra jumper on to stay warm in Winter.

Spray Foam Insulation for Cargo Vans

Why not save the trouble and bother and hire a professional team like Home Logic to do the work instead? Spray foam is an effective way of insulating a cargo van, and is much easier than other methods on the market-but only if installed correctly!

Three Main Methods of Heat Loss

There are three ways that heat can be transferred from one place to another – radiation, conduction, and convection. Let’s explore each one in a little more detail…

Radiation

Radiation transfers heat from one place to another via kinetic energy (the Sun is an example of a radiant heat source.)

Conduction

Heat conduction occurs when a warm body is placed against a cooler body. Warm air in your van will transfer heat to your van walls, and then to the outside. Insulation slows down this process and is difficult for heat to penetrate through; this traps heat inside effectively.

Convection

Convection is the process by which heat moves through a gas or liquid. The air around us is a gas; convection causes warm air to rise to the top, and cold air to sink to the bottom. In your van, this means that warm air pools at the top, while cold air will pool at the bottom.

By using spray foam insulation for cargo vans, you are adding another layer through which heat has to penetrate before it is lost to the outside. Without insulation, there are numerous gaps and cracks where heat can escape.

Using spray foam insulation for cargo vans ensures that these gaps are covered, and so the main sources of heat loss are neutralised.

Spray Foam Insulation for Cargo Vans: The Benefits

There are a number of advantages to using spray foam insulation for cargo vans over other insulation methods. The main reason that spray foam is preferred is that, owing to its liquid consistency, spraying it over a surface will get it everywhere it’s needed.

You may need to spray multiple layers in order to ensure that you have covered every area and created a full seal.

Negates Noise Niggles With Immediate Effect

Whether you are looking for noise reduction, or to protect your interior from weather extremes, this means that you are going to want to spray the insulating foam everywhere around the interior.

The first thing you need to do then, is to put tape over anything that you want to protect from the spray foam. This includes any fixtures, switches, etc.

Obviously, you will want to avoid spraying your windows, but it is worth placing some tape around the edges just in case. Should you accidentally spray foam on the windows you don’t want it to glue them shut.

Once you have made sure that everything that needs to be covered is covered – if you are unsure, then cover it anyway – you are ready to get onto the fun bit – spraying the interior!

Let us Do the Hard Work for You!

You need to equip yourself with the appropriate respiratory equipment and take precautions before you begin using the spray foam.

Insulation is harmless once it’s up, but while being sprayed through the air you don’t want to breathe it in!

Why not save the trouble and bother and hire a professional team like Home Logic to do the work instead? Spray foam is an effective way of insulating a cargo van, and is much easier than other methods on the market-but only if installed correctly!

Desperately seeking expert advice on creating cosier conditions in your cargo van? Spray foam offers a savvy solution-and a whole host of benefits besides. Take the first step to protecting your cargo van for the long-term today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!