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Vegetable Based Foam Insulation: An Eco Alternative?By admin
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Whether you class yourself as a bit of an eco-warrior, live an all-vegan lifestyle or just prefer to choose products that are friendlier to the environment – you might find yourself torn when it comes to insulating your home.
But you don’t want to install products in your home that are harmful to the environment or ones which could put your family’s health at risk. Environmental and health and safety concerns are top of the list for many of our customers.
We’re often asked about vegetable based foam insulation and just how effective it is. In the following article, wee’re here to set the record straight with some tips and advice you can action…
Is Vegetable Based Foam Insulation Really All That?
Vegetable based foam insulation usually comes in two forms: soy bean insulation and castor insulation. Both forms use natural plant oils as part of their formulation, but apart from this minor difference, you’ll actually find they perform very similarly to Home Logic’s Spray Foam insulation.
If you’ve decided on spray foam insulation to insulate your home, congratulations! Research shows that spray foam is the most efficient and cost-effective choice for home insulation and could save you up to a third on your yearly energy bills.
If you’ve heard friends and family talking about eco-friendly spray foam insulation, you might find yourself wondering what vegetable based foam insulation actually is, and whether or not it’s the right choice for your home.
What is in Soy Bean and Castor Foam Insulation?
It’s tempting to think that by choosing a product which uses soy bean oil or castor oil, you’re selecting an all-natural product which is good for the planet. However, that may not actually be the case.
It’s true that where locally grown crops are used in the production of vegetable based foam insulation, you’re helping to support the local economy, while reducing your carbon footprint. But what is actually in these types of foam insulation?
Research suggests that most vegetable based spray foams contain a maximum of just 15% soy or castor oil. Most spray foams, even vegetable based ones, are petroleum based, and only a portion of this petroleum is replaced with natural plant oils.
As with any product, statistics can vary, and there are greener options out there which claim to use up to 96% renewable resources; an impressive feat, and one which offers a refreshing antidote to our throwaway society.
Blanketing your home in insulation can help you save money on your energy bills (whilst doing your bit to reduce your impact on the planet in the process!)
How Does Vegetable Based Foam Insulation Compare to Home Logic Spray Foam?
To answer the most important question, is vegetable based foam insulation effective, we’re going to look at some of the most common benefits of spray foam insulation:
- It keeps out moisture for good, so mould and fungus are eliminated, and condensation issues radically reduced.
- It will last for the lifetime of your home (and our spray foam product comes with a 25-year warranty).
- For allergy or asthma sufferers, it can improve the quality of air in your home by filtering out pollen and other pollutants.
- Hot and cold spots and draughts are a thing of the past as the spray foam forms an airtight seal even in nooks and crannies. As a result, the temperature in your home will remain consistent all year round.
- It can support your property’s structure, depending on the type of spray foam chosen, and the thickness applied.
- Spray foam can act as a pest deterrent, preventing pests from entering and nesting in your home.
Vegetable based foam insulation has all of these benefits, and offers similar R values to our very own spray foam insulation.
What About MDI, Isn’t it Harmful?
We often hear from customers who are concerned about the presence of diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) in spray foam insulation, a compound which isn’t present in most types of vegetable based foam insulation.
However, it’s important to note that reactive forms of MDI are very short-lived. This is why when our spray foam insulation is applied, it’s recommended to wait 24 hours before reoccupying your property. It is then safe without the risk of off-gassing.
Vegetable Based Foam Insulation: The Final Verdict
While vegetable based foam insulation may seem like a greener choice for eco-warriors, there really isn’t that much noticeable difference between this type of insulation and a product such as Home Logic Spray foam.
Both are safe to use, non-toxic, water-blown spray foams that expand up to 100 times their original size. Blanketing your home in insulation can help you save money on your energy bills (whilst doing your bit to reduce your impact on the planet).
The main difference between the two is that our spray foam insulation is usually more affordable and cost-effective option. This means your insulation will quickly pay for itself.
If you’d like to find out more about our spray foam insulation, get in touch with our team today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or simply clicking the button below. They don’t bite, and they may just be able to offer you some additional tips and advice to keep your energy costs in check as well!Related Home Logic Living ArticlesFULL RANGE OF SERVICES:OUR OFFICES:
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