SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM

According to Icynene, “both closed cell spray foam and open cell spray foam insulation can be used effectively in commercial building designs to allow the building to achieve energy efficiency and consistent performance. When applied on the interior, open cell spray insulation provides performance advantages that differ from those of closed cell spray foam used on the exterior. Architectural firms can specify both the building envelope for a total performance option.”

Spray Foam Insulation vs. Traditional | EXTERIOR APPLICATIONS

Feature

Spray Foam Insulation

Rigid foam Board (XPS)

Mineral-Based Insulation

All in one product insulation and air barier
Thermal comfort & consistent R-Value*
No harmful long-term emission
Meets current building codes
Tight seal over required wall penetrations (e.g. brick ties)
Lower installed cost
Reduced labor and material waste
Easily applied over curved surfaces

Spray Foam Insulation vs. Traditional | INTERIOR APPLICATIONS

Feature

Spray Foam Insulation

Mineral-Based Insulation

Thermal comfort & consistent R-Value*
No harmful long-term emissions
Meets current building codes
Ease of application
Reduced labor & material waste
Fills irregular & curved cavities
Aids in minimizing airborne sound transfer
Not damaged by water
* R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate you live in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your house, the amount of insulation already in your house, and your fuel use patterns and family size. If you buy too much insulation, it will cost you more than what you’ll save on fuel. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be installed properly.

Icynene spray foam insulation will last for the lifetime of your home. Enjoy:

  • improved indoor comfort
  • lower monthly costs
  • improved energy efficiency
  • quieter spaces
  • reduced allergens & pollutants

 

Open-cell polyurethane foam:

Our open-cell polyurethane foam offers advantages that no other open cell foam can provide.  A truly water-blown product means it has no chemical blowing agents similar to other open-cell foams.  Open-cell foam offers a more cost-effective solution than closed-cell foam while still providing excellent thermal performance and elimination of air infiltration.Open-cell foam is a very versatile product that can be installed in many applications and can also be used for sound control.

Open-cell polyurethane foam Applications:

  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Roof-lines / Ceilings
  • Metal Buildings
  • Duct Work
  • Sound Control

 

Closed-cell polyurethane foam

Offering a superior insulation R-value of 7 per inch and an air barrier at just 1.25″, closed-cell polyurethane foam provides optimal energy efficiency as well as occupant comfort, health, and safety. Combining air impermeability and high insulation R-value translates to a highly energy efficient building that costs significantly less to own over time.

Closed-cell polyurethane foam Applications:

  • Walls
  • Basements / Crawlspaces / Foundations
  • Floors
  • Roof-lines / Ceilings
  • Metal Buildings
  • CMU Walls
  • Swimming Pools
  • Duct Work
  • Waterlines (exterior Wood-burning stoves)
  • Exterior storage tanks

Closed cell spray foam exterior applications

  • Can be applied at very low temperatures (as low as 5oF)
  • Adds wall racking strength as well as impact resistance
  • Ideal for continuous insulation solutions
  • Higher R-value* per inch  – easier to accommodate high R-value* requirements in narrow spaces
  • Lower vapor permeance (can be a Class II VDR)
  • Can reject bulk water (ideal for flood zones)
  • Higher tensile and bond strength

Open cell spray foam interior applications

  • Can be installed at a significantly lower cost and target the same specified R-value*
  • Can achieve greater R-value* if not restricted by space
  • Lower raw material/resource use
  • Permits bi-directional drying
  • Will accommodate long-term creep and seasonal movement
  • Hydrophobic material
  • Air barrier and insulating material

Open & Closed Cell SPF Comparison

Open Cell Spray Foam Closed Cell Spray Foam
Spray In Insulation and Air Barrier Material CHECKMARK-BENEFITS OF SPRAY FOAM I NSULATION CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
Vapor Barrier CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
Vapor Permeability CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
Structural Reinforcement CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
Able to deflect water and reject bulk water CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
Able to accommodate seasonal shifting CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
Cannot sustain mold CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
R-Value (at 1″)* 3.7 7
Blowing Agent Water Chemical, Water
Suitability Interior Interior, Exterior
Sound Dampening CHECK MARK-BENEFITS OF ICYNENE SPRAY FOAM INSULATION
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