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What is Icynene Spray Foam Insulation?

The Icynene insulation system is a series of soft, flexible spray foam products that deliver up to 50% greater energy savings when compared to other insulation products. Icynene is perfect for underfloor insulation, cavity wall insulation, roof insulation, dry lining insulation, sound insulation, eradicating condensation and more. When sprayed in place Icynene expands completely filling all cavities and voids creating a sealed building envelope which eliminates air leakage/infiltration. Air leakage/infiltration accounts for up to 50% of heat loss from a building. Unlike other foams, Icynene's unique polyicynene formulation is 100% water blown and therefore contains no harmful agents, volatile organic chemicals, HCFCs, HFAs, HFCs or formaldehyde. Ideal for wood or steel framed construction, Icynene conforms to unusual geometry and provides a continuous barrier that significantly reduces air leakage, minimising airborne moisture and optimising energy efficiency.

How long has Icynene Spray Foam Insulation been on the market?

Icynene Spray Foam Insulation was founded in Canada in 1986 and we are proud to say it's the "World leader in insulation foam expansion". It has been in Ireland for fifteen years and in the UK for over twelve years. Icynene is being installed in 28 different countries with over 425000 homes/buildings benefiting from this first class airtight product. Icynene was also featured on Grand Design, insulating a tree house, with Kevin McCloud giving Icynene his approval.

What are the benefits of Icynene Spray Foam Insulation?

Benefits of the Icynene Insulation System are: *Premium Eco Insulation *Save up to 50% on heating costs *Insulation & air barrier in one *100% water blown technology *Fully BBA Certified *25 year warranty *Professional installation offering a 100% money back guarantee *Greatly improves sound proofing *Contains no harmful ingredients *Adheres to any building materials *Flexible, breathable - letting your building breath naturally.

Why should I use Icynene Spray Foam Insulation rather than conventional insulation?

We all know that buildings expand and contract due to environmental conditions like changes in temperature. Traditional insulation materials cannot adapt to this structural movement without air leakage. The flexible nature of Icynene spray foam insulation allows the foam to expand and contract as your building does every year through out the different seasons, maintaining the airtight seal already created.

Will JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd carry out my install or will they sub contract it out?

JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd are a licensed Icynene contractor. We have been fully trained by Icynene and all our sprayers are Icynene trained & approved as well. Please feel free to ask us to provide our certificates. We do not sub contract any work out and we do not work with any third parties or sales agents.

Does Icynene Spray Foam have British Board of Agreement testing?

Icynene Spray Foam Insulation is the only foam on the market to have achieved BBA, ETA and BDA Certifications and has been successfully tested and certified for applications directly to the underside of breathable and non-breathable roof membranes and felts. It has received BBA Certification for this application. Icynene absorbs the lowest amount of moisture and has the highest level of vapour resistivity of any soft foam on the market.

What guarantee do JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd offer?

Icynene Canada offer a 25 year warranty on all their products and JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd also offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

How Eco friendly is Icynene Spray Foam Insulation?

Icynene Spray Foam Insulation has a Global warming potential of 1 and an Ozone depletion of 0. Icynene is extremely Eco friendly :-)

How fire retardant is Icynene Spray Foam Insulation?

Icynene does not propagate flame but cannot be classed as non-flammable because if there is something next to it that is on fire, it will burn. For Icynene to continue to burn on its own it needs an oxygen index of 23%, but there’s only 20.8% in the atmosphere. Unlike PIR board, which does burn when exposed at joints or where the foil has been damaged, Icynene is full of air not gas. It is the gas that supports the flame in PIR board causing the foam to burn. In a habitable room Icynene should always be covered with a plasterboard or other resistant board as per our BBA Certification. If you have a minute there’s a useful videos showing what happens when you try to burn Icynene.

Is Icynene full of Isocyanate and polyol solutions?

JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd work in partnership with Greentherm Insulations who are the UK distributors for Icynene. Icynene pioneered Spray foam for residential applications back in 1986 in Toronto Canada. When the two components come together in the spray gun to form the final finished product it is then they become completely inert and do not off gas in any way, In addition Icynene unlike a lot of other foams, is completely 100% water blown and contains no blowing agents. Icynene is also Greenguard gold certified for low VOCs. Icynene uses the same two component technology that is used in the manufacture of car seats and car components, household furniture, beds and pillows and MDI and Polyols have been used safely in this fashion for over 60 years, If Icynene was a dangerous product we would not hold extensive BBA, European and worldwide certifications for residential applications. All Icynene's products are CE marked and are REACH compliant.

How can Icynene foam insulation be an airtight product and breathable at the same time?

Icynene LDC-50 is airtight but breathable. By breathable we mean it is vapour open allowing moisture vapour diffusion.Because of the foams open cell nature vapour diffuses through the foam from moist areas to dry. This is called BI-Directional drying, allowing any moisture within the foam to evaporate out.The best analogy I can think of is a Gortex Jacket. The fabric allows moisture produced by the body to diffuse out through the material but stops wind from the outside blowing through. Icynene similarly allows this vapour diffusion but also acts as an air barrier.

Is JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd fully insured with public liability insurance to protect you and your property?

JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd have public liability insurance covering the installers on site and the premises during install of our products. Please feel free to ask to have our insurance details emailed over to you.

Can JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd supply customer references for installs already completed?

JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd have numerous customers that would be delighted to offer their feed back on our service and quality of work. We can offer email addresses or phone numbers of customers happy for us to do this. Jim and I also have Icynene open cell foam insulation throughout our own home so customers are most welcome to come and see it installed in our home. We take much pride in our 5 star reviews on Google and Facebook which are also advertised on Build Scotland website.

Does Icynene spray foam insulation support bacterial or fungal growth?

Icynene spray foam insulation products do not offer any food value, therefore do not support bacterial or fungal growth. Furthermore, it also does not retain water, making it an unappealing environment for fungal spores. University of Texas has done an experiment on mould growth ability on three different insulation types (Icynene, fibreglass with foil face and fibreglass with vapour barrier). Icynene was found to be the best deterrent for mould growth among the types tested.

What is the durability of Icynene spray foam insulation?

Unlike fibrous insulation materials, Icynene is completely stable an will not sag, lose it's shape or degrade over time. Icynene carries a minimum warranty of 25 years in the UK and Europe. In the rest of the world this extends to cover the lifetime of the building.

Is Icynene spray foam insulation corrosive to metals?

Icynene spray foam insulation is non-corrosive. This has been confirmed by extensive testing undertaken on behalf of Icynene. JSJ Foam Insulation Ltd have personally worked on tin roof houses and have a testimonial to prove that it does not corrode metal. Please feel free to ask us to email this over to you.

Can Icynene spray foam insulation help with Air Quality in your home or work environment?

The highly insulated, air-tight environment which Icynene spray foam insulation helps achieve creates a stable environment, allowing control of air quality in the building and preventing the ingress of air-bourn pollutants from the out side world.

Is it safe to spray Icynene spray foam insulation over electrical wiring and plumbing runs?

Icynene spray foam insulation has been extensively tested and found to be safe. It has been safely applied over electrical wiring, as well as plumbing runs, for more than twenty-five years.

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If you are installing Icynene open cell spray foam in a new build, you have the choice to cover over the wiring & plumbing runs or general a service cavity for the wiring. Covering over plumbing runs is worth doing for protection against pipes freezing up.

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