Why Icynene

Why Icynene

We use Icynene Spray Foam Insulation! Icynene spray foam insulation is a revolutionary insulation method that has over 400,000 install’s to date. The product developed in Canada over the last 30 years is now in more than 40 countries and is considered to be the future of insulation due to its air tightness qualities. Icynene has a selection of products that can be used in Homeowner and Commercial properties to solve all insulation issues.

Icynene open cell spray foam is a breathable product that is proven to reduce condensation and moisture. Due to its expanding properties, it can be used in areas where insulating was previously not an option. Icynene is BBA CCMC ICC-ES ATec EEA VTT KIWA and NSAI/IAB approved.


Benefits of ICYNENE

There are many benefits to installing an ICYNENE insulation product, here we give you a comprehensive guide to the many excellent features of this fantastic super insulation system.

Icynene fills gaps.

Spray foam insulation expands up to 100 times to fill gaps — ensuring maximum insulation.

Fibreglass and cellulose are extremely difficult to install perfectly — the spaces that are left add up to the size of a basketball in the average home — leaking enough air to fill two airships each day!

Cold Roof

• If your house has fibreglass insulation on the loft floor, then you have outdated building technology in the form of a Cold Roof System.

• A Cold Roof allows air to enter your property from the outside whilst heat from the living space rises into the loft and escapes through the roof.
• This creates two climates in your home and results in increased energy costs, potential roof damage and health risks from damp, mould and dust, whilst making it difficult for you to regulate the temperature of your home.

Condensation will eventually affect the roof by rotting the timers, and impairing their structural integrity. You may be looking at replacing the entire roof if the condensation in the loft is not taken care of soon enough.

Icynene Retains Warmth

Icynene insulation is like a warm windbreaker jacket — it stops the cold air from passing through.
Fibreglass and cellulose insulation are like a wool sweater – if there’s any breeze, it doesn’t keep you warm. Even if they’re very thick to give an extremely high R-value, they’ll still let air leak out and increase your energy bill.

Warm Roof

• A Warm Roof stops air entering your property from the outside whilst heat from the living space stays in the loft and doesn’t escape through the roof.

• This creates a single climate in your home and results in energy savings, prevents roof damage and health risks from damp, mould and dust, whilst regulating the temperature of your home.

• Customers who have invested in Icynene insulation often feel immediate changes to the ambience of their home.

Why Not Fibreglass?

Fibreglass insulation became available around the 1940’s and was a standard building product by the 1970’s as energy costs started to rise.
Like many products, insulation has evolved since the 70’s.
One of the biggest problems with conventional insulation, such as fibreglass, is that it can start to sag or settle, compromising its ability to effectively insulate.
Gaps and seams become prominent in the insulation, causing air leaks and excessive energy loss. Eventually and inevitably, the insulation does not perform to its original and advertised R-value .

Fibreglass Insulation: The Disadvantages

● The tiny slivers of glass used in this product can be harmful to the skin and if inhaled. Care must be taken when installing it, with masks and gloves worn for protection. If laid in the loft, it should be covered by boards and not touched.
● If it becomes wet, it loses its insulation qualities, making it ineffective. This can happen if the product becomes directly wet (ie if there is a leak in the roof), or if it is affected by condensation. Once wet, fibreglass condensation cannot dry out and will need to be replaced. You may also find that damp insulation will become mouldy, or that mould will grow elsewhere in the loft.
● It can be difficult to fit batts into smaller spaces and unusual or awkward gaps. While it can be cut to size quite easily, there are always gaps between each batt and around the edges. It is very difficult to eliminate these completely.
● It can be a cosy place for rodents and other unwelcome home visitors to set up a nest in. They will not eat the product, but it is warm and cosy.
● It can sag over time, and therefore loses its ability to work well. This is especially the case when it is used inside on rafters. Over a few years it can sag, fall out and collapse, leaving gaps where air can penetrate.
● Due to the way that this insulation works, it causes a build-up of condensation, affecting the roof by rotting the timbers, and impairing their structural integrity.
● It needs at least 270mm of thickness in the average loft to get a suitable insulation R-value; this can make it very difficult to lay a floor in the loft, or to maintain head height.

Can save on a costly re-roof

Attics and lofts are often a neglected space which could be far better utilised – if they were not so damp.
Lofts & attics are prone to damp and air leaks, which all lead to condensation, making it completely unsuitable to even store things in.
The great thing about using Icynene to insulate the attic or loft is that it can mean adding extra space to your home, and extra value to your property.

What used to be a damp area dripping with condensation, can be transformed into a cosy, comfortable room, that’s habitable all year round. With  Icynene installed there should be no condensation whatsoever.

Many old methods of insulation meant that floors in the loft were insulated, and the top of the room left without any insulation in place. If this is done, the house will be warm, but the attic will be cold, with numerous air leaks, causing condensation.

If you want your home to be warm, and your loft to be free of condensation, then it is important that the insulation is applied at roof level.
Traditional insulation such as fibre glass at floor level will create condensation, eventually affecting the roof by rotting the felt & timbers, impairing their structural integrity.

You may be looking at replacing the entire roof if the condensation in the loft is not taken care of soon enough.
Many older houses were built with roofing felt which is impermeable to water, so no moisture is able to escape. That is why you may find mould on the ceilings in these houses, even after the house has been insulated.
By using Icynene to insulate your loft, the build-up of moisture is eliminated from the roof area.

Icynene also protects properties against mould, Consequently, the threat of respiratory disease is significantly reduced.
Once the correct insulation is installed, there should be no condensation in the loft, This will help prolong the life of both your roof felt, and timber structure.

Icynene helps prevent sagging roof felt

It is very important there are no gaps, rips, tears or holes in your roof felt as this is the last barrier between both the outside elements, and your main roof timbers (rafters).

There are a number of ways in which water will ingress under your tiles and run on to your roof felt:

• Wind driven rain
• Capillary action
• Wind driven snow

Bitumen based felt weathers in two ways, from condensation inside, and water ingress outside. Roof felt often sags between the timbers, creating a low point. Any water penetrating onto the outside of the roof felt (driven under your roof tiles) will track down to the lowest point of the sagging. The bitumen felt then naturally erodes over time .This is a process that Smart Eco Living call “laddering” (just like in a ladies stockings) this leaves the strings, which are the main structure of the felt, de-laminated, thin, and weak.

Because the felt is hanging low and has no support underneath, it can then split/tear, leaving the main roof timbers exposed, and in turn, allow rain water to ingress into the loft void and the main timber roof structure. This will cause decay and lead to far bigger issues within your homes main structure.

As Icynene expands it will fill the void between the rafters completely, giving the roof felt a firm solid base to sit on. Therefore, the felt cannot sag, or split inwards, this will help prolong the life of your roof felt.

Icynene can also help preserve the timbers in your roof. Due to it’s open cell structure residual moisture and condensation will be wicked away, keeping your timbers dry, yet still able to breathe as they should, thus avoiding any decay.

ICYNENE Super Insulates Your Home

Icynene spray foam insulation is an air barrier, and insulation material that effectively seals roofs against air heat loss and virtually eliminates air leakage, as a significant amount of the heat loss, to a building, is through the roof. It is critical that the loft space is fully insulated to the highest standards.

Icynene is breathable and will reduce the risk of roof damage from condensation and mould.

Icynene Never loses its shape and remains flexible.

Icynene won’t compress sag or settle over time.

Icynene is sprayed onto the felt or a membrane (not direct to tiles) between the timbers 75 – 100mm thick (approx. the depth of roof timbers.)

Moisture Control

Icynene is breathable and open-celled, allowing moisture to drain out of it seamlessly, without any residue resulting. It’s these superlative features that differentiate it from traditional insulation products on the market.

Any residue left behind, as in standard insulation options, can become a haven for mould to grow and damp to take hold around your property – which Icynene insulation won’t allow.

Water Resistant

Even if water is sprayed directly onto Icynene, it won’t allow it to travel through, acting instead as a barrier between it and the property within.

This thermal resistance keeps cold air and water out, leaving the property within a comfortable temperature and, most importantly, completely dry.

Because it doesn’t absorb water, condensation and mould problems are eliminated. It’s breathable too, so ventilation in your loft space isn’t an issue.

Sound Barrier 

The open cell structure of  Icynene means that airborne noise is caught within it, and unable to travel through further into the insulated space.

This reduces noise from outside , such as traffic and aircraft, and stops noise from indoors travelling out. Noisy neighbours no longer need be a problem!

Fire Retardant

Icynene meets all the necessary code requirements regarding fire safety. Icynene spray foam is a Class A material, therefore ranking in the lowest bracket of the fire spread index with a rating of less than or equal to 25. This makes Icynene spray foam insulation the ideal choice for buildings and property surfaces which require a certain standard of fire resistance and flame retardant measures.
Its low density means that Icynene is less of a fuel source than alternative insulation materials such as fibreglass or cellulose. Those who are conscious of health risks and fire safety, worry no more, as you can rest assured that your property will have increased fire resistance with Icynene spray foam insulation.

Pest Prevention

Icynene fills every nook and cranny in your home’s loft, leaving no gaps for cheeky “critters” such as mice, wasps, bats, rats, starlings, squirrels, or blue bottles to gain access into your loft and does not provide a source of food or a nesting place. This is one of the most popular reasons our customers say they install Icynene as it also removes the risk of critters chewing through pipes or cables.

Eco-friendly and green spray foam insulation with environmental benefits

Icynene® spray foam insulation is a fantastic investment for keeping your home air-tight and reducing heat loss, but it also promises positive impacts on the environment. This is especially important in the current climate change crisis and the need to reduce our carbon footprint. Icynene® spray foam insulation has a hugely positive environmental impact, made of 99% pure water-blown air.
This eco-friendly spray foam insulation also does not contain any formaldehyde chemicals, toxic chemicals or harmful gases (unlike other polyurethane foams). Due to being produced from entirely recyclable materials, Icynene® spray foam is the best insulation option for preventing global warming and saving renewable energy.

Non Toxic

Icynene® spray foam is safe for human and animal health
Whilst Icynene® insulation is great for the environment, it has also been trialled and approved to be safe for both human and animal health. It also has an array of health benefits that can positively impact quality of living. For example, homeowners with respiratory problems such as asthma can expect far fewer allergens entering their home after Icynene® installation. This is due to effective airtight properties that Icynene® spray foam has to offer.
Spray foam insulation is completely safe from the moment our Icynene® installers have completed the work, releasing zero harmful gases or fumes that could impact humans or animals.

Make excellent savings on your heating bills

Once you’ve switched to Icynene insulation, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.  Icynene  is 57% more efficient than traditional fibreglass, so with the temperature of your property taken care of, you can watch your utility costs drop as you save on energy bills!

Icynene Open Cell Spray Foam

Icynene® open cell insulation is most suited to residential buildings. It is a softer foam for internal, loft, roof and wall insulation. The building can breathe naturally due to its open cell structure and it will permit long term creep or seasonal movements of buildings. Our approved applicators install Open Cell LD-C-50 which is BBA Approved for the specific use in a timber constructed roof void, to be applied to a breathable, or non-breathable membrane.

Icynene Brochures

Icynene have a range of brochures giving comprehensive information about the company & product,  all are available here on the Smart Eco Living website please see the links below.