Spray Foam Insulation FAQs
Icynene spray foam insulation is an insulation and air barrier material that seals walls, floors and roofs against air movement, including spaces around electrical outlets and light fixtures and where walls meet windows and doors. Icynene spray foam insulation can provide an effective air barrier insulation to minimize air infiltration through walls and ceilings, preventing drafts, cold spots and energy loss. The performance of Icynene spray foam insulation means that humid indoor/outdoor air is restricted from entering the walls & ceilings and condensing, thereby minimizing the possibility of moisture entrapment & build-up within the wall & ceiling cavities. This is conducive to preventing building envelope failure due to moisture damage.
Icynene spray foam insulation products are installed by extensively trained and licensed Icynene® contractors only.
Icynene® can maintain its installed U-values throughout its service life, contrary to air permeable insulation types that lose their thermal performance over time due to the deterioration in the insulation quality (compromised &/or shrinking) and ongoing convective current loops within the insulation (up to 50% loss).
Typically, buildings expand and contract due to temperature differentials, moisture content, wind load and seismic etc. Closed-cell insulation cannot accommodate the movement of the building. Open-cell spray foam:
- Provides air sealing benefits in many applications at lower cost
- Vapor permeability supports bi-directional drying of assemblies – critical in warm climate zones/seasons
- Flexibility allows it to expand and contract with any movement of the building structure ensuring long term air sealing
For builders, Icynene spray foam insulation can reduce construction time.
For homeowners, Icynene spray foam insulation offers the opportunity of lower heating and cooling costs from reduced air infiltration and a more comfortable home, draft free without cold spots. Furthermore, Icynene’s continuous air barrier capability will significantly reduce unwanted airborne noise from the outside resulting in a quieter interior living space.
Most Icynene spray foam products do not contain environmentally harmful blowing agents like HFCs, HCFCs or HFAs, in fact most Icynene spray foam insulation products are 100% water-blown making them better for the environment. Organic chemical compounds from petroleum extract are the main source of its ingredients.
No. However, water can work its way through the foam under pressure or by gravity force. When the foam is placed on water it will float and upon removal it will not contain any water and it does not lose any of its insulating properties. But, if it is immersed under water, water can be forced into the foam by the hydrostatic pressure; however, once it is removed from water and allowed to dry out, the original insulating properties will return.
Icynene’s open-cell spray foam insulation products are vapor permeable to allow water vapor molecules to flow through the foam. This means any moisture in the building’s concrete or lumber can escape through the insulation as the building dries out, thus eliminating moisture that could cause rot or mold.
The cost of Icynene varies on the type and size of job, typically prices are from £10 up to £30 per m2, you will always receive a free no obligation quote before making your final decision.
Icynene spray foam products are chemically inert meaning they will not change chemically or physically over time.
Icynene spray foams are considered to be an environmentally preferred products due to their air sealing qualities which contribute to improved indoor air quality, reductions in energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Icynene is listed on the industry-recognized energy saving trust website
Complete details of all Icynene spray foam insulation products can be found in each product’s Technical Data Sheet.
Icynene foam insulation is installed by fully trained, licensed Icynene contractors who spray the solution into open building envelope such as studded walls, ceilings and floors. The solution can be safely sprayed directly onto electrical and plumbing.
In each case, a fully trained, licensed Icynene contractor must install the product. Icynene foam insulation products are not Do-It-Yourself (DIY) products.
Icynene spray foam insulation has been available since 1986. It has been used in excess of 350,000 buildings across North America. It is available in over 30 countries on four continents worldwide. It has been featured numerous times on television programs such as “This Old House” and “Your New House” and Chanel fours “grand designs” in the United Kingdom
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