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Foam Insulation

Why Foam?

foamWhy insulate with foam insulation?  It's a good question.  And in these days of soaring energy costs there is an obvious answer.  Foam is used in many products we already use – for example, a foam coffee cup or a foam ice chest. Both applications keep heat or cold in, while protecting the exterior of the container from transferring temperature.

Any type of insulation will help keep your home warm (or cool) and save energy. Did you know that the number one way to save money on energy bills is to air seal your home?

Air sealing prevents air from inside your home from escaping through the cracks and crevices in your home. These exist around recessed (can) lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches or doors, around chimneys or flues, and duct chases.

Foam insulation not only insulates your home like fiberglass, cellulose or other insulation products – it also works as an air sealer. When foam insulation is applied, it expands to fill an area, similar to how shaving cream expands when it is dispensed from a can. Foam insulation seals those important air leaks, while providing excellent R-value in your home.

Products

Icynene_1Icynene
Icynene was established in 1986 to develop and market a foam insulation that would outperform the existing insulation products and become a leading Green product in the construction industry.

The product, The Icynene Insulation System®, is a water-blown, spray-in-place light-density expanding foam that is Healthier, Quieter, More Energy Efficient® than competing insulation products, and which has been approved as environmentally responsible by the Envirodesic Certification Program. It is a fully-integrated insulation system that completely seals the building envelope and allows control of air movement and moisture within the walls. It is used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications using all types of construction materials, from wood to steel to masonry or concrete. Notable projects that have featured Icynene® include: ALA Health House®, NextGen Homes, model remodel, EarthCraft House®, Bob Vila's dotCOM dreamHOME, and The New American Home®.

Want to learn more about Icycnene and its comparison to other types of insulation? Visit www.insulationsmart.com.

 

demilecDemilec 
Since its inception in 1997, Demilec has had a strong presence in the spray foam industry.  Demilec has become an industry leader in developing a variety of polyurethane foam insulation products for residential and commercial construction.

Demilec has become an industry pioneer in the field of high-performance polyurethane. As the awareness of the importance of environmentally friendly products has grown, Demilec has dedicated their time to developing environmentally friendly spray foam insulation products that are setting new standards for affordability, performance and energy efficiency in commercial and residential construction. 

 

JM Corbond III
JM Corbond III™ is a closed-cell spray foam insulation. JM acquired the Corbond line in 2009, adding this product to their line of fiberglass insulation. JM Corbond III can be used alone or in hybrid systems with JM fiberglass to create a custom insulation application for any use

 

Foam FAQ

What is the difference between open cell and closed cell foam?

How is spray foam better than traditional fiberglass?

Does spray foam support bacteria or fungal growth?

At what point during a construction project is spray foam applied?

Can anyone install spray foam?


What is the difference between open cell and closed cell foam?

Open Cell foam is identified as a 0.5 pounds per cubic foot. It is made up of tiny cells of foam that are not completely closed. The cells are broken and air fills all of the “open” space inside of the material. This makes the foam have a soft feeling. Open Cell foam has an r-value of 3.4 to 4.5 per inch.

Closed Cell foam is a 2.0 pounds per cubic foot. The cells are closed and packed tight together. They are filled with gas that helps the foam rise and expand. Closed Cell foam is a greater insulator due to its denser properties. Closed Cell foam has an r-value of 5.4 to 7.2 per inch.

How is spray foam better than traditional fiberglass?

Spray foam is applied in a liquid form, and then expands. As the foam is expanding it conforms to and fills every single nook, cranny, crevices, hole, crack and gap to create a continued thermal envelope. Spray foam insulation adheres to any clean, dry surface and will not shrink, settle or disintegrate over time.

Does spray foam support bacteria or fungal growth?

Open cell and closed cell offer no food value, and is an inert substance; therefore if does not support bacteria or fungal growth.

At what point during a construction project is spray foam applied?

Spray foam is applied after the windows, doors and roof, after the framing, plumbing, and electrical inspections are complete, and after any other systems located behind drywall is installed. Foam is the last installation to take place before drywall.

 

Can anyone install spray foam?

Only trained, certified and licensed applicators can apply Icynene or Demilec product.