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A mix of two liquid chemicals which react together, Spray Foam Insulation (SFI) expands many times its original size after it is sprayed. Simple and effective, SFI is generally split up into two types, closed cell (which turns rigid when it sets with high insulating value) and open cell (which is more flexible and breathable).
1. Spray Foam Insulation is Great for Self-builds and Renovations
When debating which type of insulation to use in a self-build or renovation, it can be key to consider the shape and size of your project. Spray foam is especially useful for hard to reach places, irregular shapes and sweeping curves found in old and new houses alike.
So, whether you are after a product that won’t hold up your self-build schedule (SFI seals and insulates after just one application) or looking to upgrade an existing home’s efficiency (reaching parts of roofs and rafters that traditional insulation might not), spray foam insulation is a great consideration.
2. Efficiency and Airtightness Qualities
With estimated savings of up to 56%* after application, SFI can help you reduce monthly heating and cooling costs. It also creates a quiet, comfortable environment and outperforms traditional insulation by sealing all gaps and voids, reducing unwanted drafts and airborne noises in your home.
3. Unexpected Advantages
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While it may seem as though insulation should be only considered as a result of its thermal properties, other factors can be essential when deciding on a particular type.
For instance, SFI from Huntsman Building Solutions (legacy Icynene) uses over 250 million recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles every year — making an important impact on the size and reliance on landfill sites.
Plus, SFI can minimise the amount of dust, allergens and outdoor noise from entering your home — benefits which should not be ignored when crafting a dream home.
*Source: Based on a study led by RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University and Icynene in September 2018.
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