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How Does Icynene Actually Work? Educate Me!

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Wondering how Icynene actually works? You're not alone. As one of the most common questions asked by our customers, we felt it was only appropriate to compile a short guide to set the record straight, and explore this sophisticated, spongy material in a little more detail.

It's easy to say what a material does, but until you actually see the science in practice, it's difficult to get a good grasp of a product's potential in terms of how it works, and, ultimately, how it can help your home...

Icynene: A Delightfully Dark Horse

Heard of the old adage 'looks can be deceiving?' This logic definitely applies to Icynene; although it starts out as a lightweight, liquid formulation, on application, it expands up to 100 times its liquid volume, sealing every nook and cranny in the process.

But what does this actually achieve in terms of tangible benefits?

Well for one, it creates comfortable conditions inside. In recent years, our weird and wonderful weather has subjected us to rapid changes in temperature (with several heaps of snow thrown in for good measure!)

Although this can seem exciting for the short-term, when you factor burst pipes and a boiler on the blink into the equation, the novelty quickly wears off. Both issues are caused by extremes of cold.

In the former instance, water inside the pipe expands as it gets close to freezing, causing a build up of pressure in the pipe. Once this level of pressure becomes untenable, the pipe will inevitably rupture, leading to leaks.

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Extremes of cold not only compromise your comfort; they can play havoc with your boiler and pipework as well

Problems With Pipework? Let Icynene Lend A Helping Hand

When situations such as the above start to surface, spray foam can quickly come to the rescue in one of two ways. 

Firstly, the superior seal it provides prevents draughts from infiltrating the internal space. Draughts drive down the temperature inside, consequently leading to colder conditions within. Bad news for your comfort, and bad news for your boiler and pipework as well. 

By insulating key areas of the home with Icynene, you create a more ambient temperature within-preventing the extremes of cold that compromise your comfort-and play havoc with your pipework in the process.

Additionally, unlike traditional insulation materials, Icynene can actually be used to insulate your pipework as well. Methods such as fibreglass and cellulose aren't quite up to this task; they're far too bulky to be considered a viable option, and quickly become saturated at even the merest hint of moisture.

In contrast, Icynene proves to be the perfect product for the job. Why? Take a look at the following reasons, and we're confident you'll also agree:

  • Spray foam can also be used in all kinds of applications when it comes to pipes. In particular, it can be used in areas that are hard to reach, or where the pipe work is hidden, such as within wall cavities.
  • Spray foam will cling to almost any material, and will coat the outside of the pipe better than other materials.
  • Spray foam can offer insulation to your walls in general, while also providing extra protection for pipes.
  • Spray foam is rigid and strong, and will protect your pipes from damage caused by other factors.
  • If your pipes are noisy, spray foam also offers a great acoustic barrier.
  • Your can use spray foam retrospectively, meaning that the work can be done after your home has been built, rather than during the building process.
  • Spray foam is entirely waterproof; therefore, even if your pipes have a slow leak, the foam will prevent it getting worse. However, all leaking pipes should be fixed before you start any work.

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Although DIY spray foam kits may save you money, its difficult to guarantee good results-why take the risk?!

Do DIY Spray Foam Kits Work Just As Effectively?

Although our talented team of installers make the whole application process look easy, for an untrained amateur, getting it right the first time is nigh impossible.

This is why we always stress time and time again that installing spray foam is a highly specialised job that should only be attempted by a licensed contractor. Not only does the foam have to be mixed in the correct ratio; it also has to be applied in the correct amount to achieve different levels of thickness, depending on the specifications of the job.

Failure to do so will result in all manner of potential problems: from the foam 'bulging' out from the rafters, to general issues with 'off-gassing.'  Yes, you may save some money by opting for a DIY spray foam kit, but the likelihood of running into problems is alarmingly high-why take the risk?!

If you decide to take our advice, and press ahead with a professional, BBA approved company then you can sit back and relax-our team will tackle the entire task on your behalf, and ensure that the job is completed correctly the first time.

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During installation, all of our accredited installers wear Personal Protective Equipment and high quality equipment

Installing Icynene Insulation In An Attic: The Process

Before they begin, our team will ensure that every room requiring insulation is thoroughly protected by plastic sheeting, ensuring that the product remains contained within the designated areas just as it should do.

They'll also ensure that they too are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (known as PPE in the industry), with the requisite high quality equipment to achieve a successful spray foam installation.

So what exactly do they get up to whilst they're working at your attic space? Curious? Take a look at the step by step procedure listed below to get a better idea of what to expect:

Step 1: Check And Attach Air Baffles:

These are also called vents. They direct air flow through the ceiling space. They help to moderate the temperature in the attic and protect against water condensation damage.

They should be stapled to the underside of the eaves before you spray your foam insulation.

Step 2: Choose Your Spray Foam Insulation:

Make sure you select a good quality spray foam. A BBA approved product, such as Icynene, is ideal as it has been vigorously tested for a variety of applications.

Your foam should come with a chart giving you measurements and depths that you should adhere to. You will find all this important information here.

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A Icynene licensed installer will ensure all gaps are sufficiently sealed, and all air leakage points fully addressed

Step 3: Fill Those Gaps:

It is important that you take your time, and fill all the gaps between the rafters, so that there are no spaces for air to circulate outside.

If you pay attention this even before you start with your spray foam insulation, you will save yourself having to repeat the process. Having done it correctly the first time, you will avoid heating costs from a roof which does not retain the heat in cold weather.

Step 4: Spray Your Foam:

Make sure that you are completely covered before you start. Applying spray foam is a messy business so keep your eyes covered and your gloves on.

The foam will spread and expand, so use smooth movements, keeping the foam to the required depth.

Step 5: Allow It To Dry:

After you have applied your spray foam, you should let it dry completely before trimming off any excess, or overflow areas.

Never hire a ‘cowboy’: If you feel that the process is just too daunting, then you should avoid ‘cowboy’ outfits. Our experts at Home Logic will be glad to help you.

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From curbing cold spots, to cutting costings, spray foam is the ultimate multi-tasker-making for a favourable final verdict!

How Does Icynene Actually Work? Final Verdict

So you've seen the science behind it, discovered how its installed, and now the million dollar question remaining is whether spray foam is really worth the expense?

To that question, we'd answer a resounding yes-and with good reason. 

Yes, it may initially cost a little more than other insulation materials on the market, but you'd be hardpressed to find a more multi-tasking material, which combats several challenges at once-without needing replacing at a later date.

Moreover, in the long-term, this thoroughly modern material pretty much pays for itself through the savings you'll receive on your energy bills, with your dependence on heating and cooling devices decreasing dramatically.

But don't just take our word for it. Our customers have been nicely surprised not only by the benefits Icynene brings, but also the immediacy with which these effects can be felt. Have a nosey at some of the latest reviews right here.

Naturally, you're probably thinking there's some sort of catch. The only slight disappointment we can think of is that not all properties are suitable for spray foam insulation.

This is where our free site survey comes in handy: in just 45 minutes, our team will be able to assess whether your roof is suitable, and if so (which is generally the case), they'll be able to advise you on the best way to combat your property problems, and answer any other questions you have on all aspects of spray foam. Sorted!

From curbing cold spots, to cutting costings, in the insulation world, spray foam is the ultimate multi-tasker. Check whether your property is suitable for Icynene installation today, with our free site survey service. Call 0800 1700 636, or simply click the button below to get started today!

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