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What Material Was Insulation First Made From?

What Material Was Insulation First Made From

Whilst it is difficult to identify the full history of building insulation (given that it may well have been originally used in caveman times!), the household insulation that we see today is far easier to trace.

Household insulation as a mainstream product is less than 100 years old, and has moved on hugely in that time period. So what material was insulation first made from, and what’s the latest material? To answer this question, let’s take a little trip back down memory lane…

Focusing on Fibreglass

Fibreglass is still the most common insulation type in properties around the world, and is made from tightly woven glass fibres, making up panels or blankets to be stuffed into empty cavities, or applied and fastened to walls, ceilings or floors.

Fibreglass was first publicly displayed in 1893, but not for insulation purposes… but for fashion! A fibreglass dress was presented, and whilst much talked of, fibreglass was not adopted for the purpose of insulation until as late as 1938!

It was during this year that the Owens Corning Company created fibreglass insulation, and now they remain the biggest fibreglass provider in the world.

Key Causes for Concern

Fibreglass remained the most popular and mainstream insulation until the 1980s, when the risk of asbestos was uncovered by health groups.

Owens Corning Company had been using asbestos fibres within its insulation since its inception, but in the 80s, asbestos products were largely banned from construction, due to the health implications of using them.

Owens Corning Company quickly found themselves as the target of numerous lawsuits, and claimed bankruptcy to pay off the legal charges within just a couple of years. The company went on to produce fibreglass without asbestos fibres, continuing on with insulation, but in a far more safer form.

In the 80s and onwards, distrust in traditional insulation grew, as health concerns hit mainstream media, and remained at the top of the public agenda for a number of years.

Several ‘eco-friendly’ alternatives came in and out of fashion, including sheep’s wool and foil type products, but such materials never garnered the same level of mainstream appeal as fibreglass.

A Refreshing Resolution to Outdated Insulation

In 1986, Icynene was invented in Toronto, Canada, and was an entirely different insulation product from the predominant materials available.

This was not a physical, scratchy material to be ‘stuffed or stuck’ into, or onto, anything, but instead an 100% water-blown insulation, to be sprayed into the appropriate cavities, providing a seamless seal to fill all gaps, cracks and crevices-even in hard-to-reach places.

By 1994, the product was available across the United States of America, and by 2013, had expert technicians available to install spray foam insulation in over 20 countries spanning the globe, including Germany, the Netherlands, and all regions throughout the UK.

What Material Was Insulation First Made From

In the UK, grading on an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) will be improved greatly by having spray foam insulation installed, and the prospect of lower household bills as a result will make properties much more attractive to potential buyers

A Professional Product For All Types of Climate

The nature of the technology used being so new means that roll-out has been slower than you might expect from a market innovation – but this is because it must only be installed by specialist, accredited technicians.

Home Logic are the accredited providers of spray foam insulation in the United Kingdom, with full BBA (British Board of Agrement) certification.

Over 400,000 properties have now had spray foam insulation installed. ­­­­­Whilst this is primarily in countries with cooler climates – such as Norway, Sweden, Canada and Great Britain – homes across subtropical continents, such as Asia, are also reaping the benefits of installing spray foam in their homes.

Whether the weather be hot, or whether the weather be cold, when it comes to weatherproofing your property, spray foam’s got it sussed.

An Energy Efficient Home, Courtesy of Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam is fast becoming the insulation type of choice, and has been featured on Grand Designs as an innovative product to accommodate even the most niche and challenging of projects.

With governmental focus in many countries now zoning in on energy efficiency alongside other environmental concerns, spray foam insulation takes centre stage to meet this demand.

As a temperature regulation tool, rather than just a product to heat, spray foam considerably improves the energy efficiency of a home.

In the UK, grading on an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) will be improved greatly by having spray foam insulation installed, and the prospect of lower household bills as a result will make properties much more attractive to potential buyers

25 Year Guarantee for Additional Peace of Mind

Technology will continue to develop in insulation as it does in all sectors, but for now, spray foam remains the market leader.

The product continues to adapt and be developed, and may well have been improved even more by the time ‘top-ups’ are required. Inn addition to this, spray foam also comes with a twenty-five year manufacturers guarantee, putting your peace of mind at the very top of the agenda.

If you’d like to learn more about the latest innovation in insulation, contact our team of spray foam experts today by calling 0800 1700 636, or clicking the button below for a free and completely no-obligation chat.