What is Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Foam insulation is a liquid foam that is sprayed onto the underside of the roof pitches to provide an extra layer of insulation to the property.
Spray Foam insulation has been widely used for decades, but it also has it’s downsides, especially if you aim to sell your house.
Spray foam insulation was introduced in the 70’s and is still present in many homes.
Spray foam is produced on site using specialist machinery by fully trained, approved installers to ensure quality control and performance. Spray foam insulation products can be closed cell or open cell. Closed cell has a lower thermal conductivity, can be used for stabilisation, has less air leakage and stops the passage of water. Open cell spray foam is more breathable, has better acoustic properties and costs less than closed cell spray insulation.
Spray Foam Insulation Removal: The Process
The process of removing spray foam insulation from a property’s roof is never easy and when professionally carried out, the process is labour intensive. However, if it means a lender will look favourably on your loan application, the mess, the cost, and the effort is extremely worthwhile.
A competent company will remove the spray foam from all your roof timbers which allows them to breathe because of improved airflow. When the work is carried out by a reputable company, it may involve removing existing roof tiles too. As such, the process may take a little longer. But the good news is that this should not affect the total cost. A reputable spray foam insulation removal firm will always carry out a detailed internal survey prior to pricing a job. As such, the cost of spray foam insulation removal is known from the outset.
Another positive of employing the services of a competent foam spray insulation removal company is that when the foam is removed from all roof timbers, everything is thoroughly cleaned. Once this is achieved, as previously mentioned, new insulation that meets British standards is installed which means your loan application will not be turned down due to spray foam insulation issues.
Why Choosing a Reputable Spray Foam Insulation Removing Company Works
You will find many spray foam insulation removal companies by simply Googling your needs. However, choosing a competent company means the process will be:
- Professionally assessed before a quote is provided
- Although the work is labour intensive, a competent company ensures the work is carried out in a timely manner without leaving any stone unturned
- The work is messy. However, a reputable spray foam insulation removal company ensures any mess made is cleaned up when the work is completed
Should you choose to have the work carried out by a company that rushes to get the foam removed, you may face further costs. You may have to pay for any damage they do on top of having the spray foam insulation removed. In short, getting the work done by a competent spray foam insulation removal company in the first place can make lighter work of the process.
Polyurethane, the most common type of spray foam insulation, was developed in the 1940s and used primarily on airplanes. It wasn’t until the 1970s that it started to be used as foam insulation.