What is spray foam?


Spray polyurethane foam insulation is a 2 part liquid applied plastic applied under heat and pressure that expands up to 100 times its original size. This is the only insulation that provides seamless, continuous, monolithic air and vapour barriers while boasting fire retardant properties. Making spray foam insulation the ultimate multipurpose package for energy efficiency and various other benefits.

What is insulation?



Spray polyurethane foam insulation is a 2 part liquid applied plastic applied under heat and pressure that expands up to 100 times its original size. This is the only insulation that provides seamless, continuous, monolithic air and vapour barriers while boasting fire retardant properties. Making spray foam insulation the ultimate multipurpose package for energy efficiency and various other benefits.

Why insulation?



Our beloved Cayman Isle has beautiful tropical weather all year round, but these lovely weather conditions aren’t always ideal for indoor areas. This can make spaces quite expensive to condition all year round, not to mention how harsh humidity and salt can be on equipment, furniture and other investments we have made. Insulation provides a thermal envelope to protect and improve indoor conditions for people, pets, buildings, equipment and materials. In our Caribbean case, we would like to keep the heat and humidity outside, and the cool and dry condition inside.

What’s wrong with traditional insulations such as fiberglass, cellulose, etc?



The answer is air leakage.

Traditional insulations are known for having high thermal resistance properties (also known as R-Value), but these properties only stay true in an absolute zero wind and zero moisture environment. Zero wind and zero moisture are not real-world. Our houses leak air, all our buildings leak air, and they often leak water. This is known as air infiltration or exfiltration, depending on the air pressure of the building. Water vapor from the atmosphere, showers, cooking, breathing, etc. constantly moves back and forth through walls and ceilings. If an attic is not properly ventilated, water vapor from inside a house will very quickly semi-saturate the insulation above the ceilings. Even small amounts of moisture will cause a dramatic drop in a fiber insulation’s R-value — as much as 50 percent or more. Gaps between insulation and structure can also drastically compromise insulation value; if a hanging fiberglass batt sags away from the roof deck, has spaces around the sides beside the framing or is compressed/squeezed/thinned out in any way, R-Value is lost. Traditional insulation could retain water potentially damaging your home/structure as well as reducing the functionality of the insulation. Water retention can be a contributor to mold growth. Fiberglass and cellulose can be torn apart by pests, and some even use them for nesting. Traditional insulation can be dusty and could allow allergens and other pollutants to enter your home which can trigger allergies and respiratory issues like asthma. These are a lot of variables that can add up to poor performance.

How is spray foam insulation different? What is the solution to air leakage?



The answer is air sealing - keep the outside air out, and the inside air in.

Spray Polyurethane Foam insulation works differently from traditional insulations by being applied as a liquid then expanding up to 100 times its original size to fill gaps, cracks and crevices, stopping air leaks. Spray foam will never shrink, settle or sag, and is able to conform to hard to insulate spaces such as around plumbing and electrical fixtures in walls and is a completely custom fitted, continuous insulation, thermal envelope that provides a seamless, multipurpose barrier. Traditional types of insulation, on their own, are not able to accomplish this. By air sealing, a new world of benefits arise. It can reduce utility costs up to 60%, improve comfort, indoor air quality and fire safety, help prevent mold growth, reduce pest infiltration, reduce pollutant infiltration, improve soundproofing, reduce carbon footprint, provide water barrier and even strengthen the material that the foam is applied to! These benefits add up quickly and will continue to provide savings year after year. Find out more by exploring our website and call the professionals today!

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