Spray Foam Insulation
Here at Bio Foam we manufacture high performance biofoam spray foam insulation. Biofoam spray insulation products offer a quality insulation system with air-tightness insulation and soundproofing insulation all in one.
We offer detailed information as to why Biofoam spray insulation is the best choice insulation compared with other spray insulation systems.
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Spray foam is a polyurethane foam insulation system produced through the mixing of 2 components in equal quantities. Thay are a derivative of Polyurethanes which were first discovered in the late 1930’s in Germany. Early spray foams were all high density and used primarily in heavy industry and refrigeration. However, these early spray foam insulation systems were all chemical blown and produced green house gases which are bad for the environment.
Polyurethanes come in a wide variety, spray foams are but one type of polyurethane. Other polyurethanes include EPS / XPS foam, Polystyrene insulation, Pheonolic foam, PUR and PIR insulation. PIR, EPS and XPS are primarily used for the production of board insulations. Pheonolic foam is used mainly for moulding. Polystyrene is used widely in the packaging industry. All these polyurethanes belong to the same chemistry family but vary in formulation, application and production. PUR also known as PU, polyurethanes or spray foam are produced from a equal volume mixture of A-side to B-side material. As spray foam is only created on site (the 2 materials are only mixed when foam is required) it gives spray foam an advantage over other varieties of polyurethane as most are required to be produced into final stage prior to shipping.
The reaction of spray foam is a rapid process. The reactivity of the material generally takes on average 2-5 seconds from the initial reaction to the completed reaction. This means that spray foam can be applied to any surface area regardless of orientation. The materials are mixed using specialist machinery and are applied using a spray gun designed for spray foam. Due to the high reactivity of the material it is not mixed until it reaches the tip of the gun during application. Spray foam is produced from the reaction between the A-side material and the B-side material, when the materials are mixed together they expand rapidly. During the expansion a cellular structure is formed to stabilize the material for curing which prevents the expanded foam from shrinking or falling apart. All Biofoam insulation products are known as water blown foam insulation systems, they do not use blowing agents or gases to accelerate the product. Other spray foam products use chemical or gas assisted blowing agents which are harmful to both the planet and its inhabitants.
There are two distinguishable types; Open-Cell foam and Closed-Cell foam. Open-Cell foams are made up of a cellular structure which are prodominently open-cells. These cells are breathable as they are not sealed and allow a gradual air flow. Open cell spray foams are mainly used in residential applications such as home insulation. The other type of spray insulation is Closed-Cell foam. This type of foam has a cellular structure which is prodomentaly closed cell. This material is not breathable. Closed-cell foam is used mainly in commercial insulation applications and heavy industry.
An intelligent system is a term used to describe the properties of spray foam. They are an intelligent insulation system due to their many benefits besides insulation. It will increase the air-tightness insulation of a structure, it is used as a noise reduction insulation which makes the level of comfort much better within a structure. It is a lasting insulation system that does not break down, rot, sag or release any dust or fibrous particles they will significantly reduce amount of air born particles in a structure. Polyurethane spray foam have become the insulation of choice for houses using ventilation systems and heat recovery systems, reducing utility bills through an increased efficiency in heating systems. For individuals suffering from asthma or prone to allergies, spray foam is the best choice in insulation due to its stability.
Spray foam insulation cost
Spray foam insulation systems have been available for over 30 years, these were chemically blown and mainly manufactured from petroleum based chemicals. The biofoam water blown system of insulation has revolutionised the spray foam industry. This made spray foam a much more affordable insulation system in more recent years. Save money on insulation with our low cost insulation.
Unlike most bio-dirived systems that are usually produced from soya, especially in the first years of emerging, our Bio Foam is derived from castor oil that costs less and is more eco sustainable.
High quality insulation
At Bio Foam we only produce quality spray foam from high quality bio-renewable materials and our water blown systems. Our customers can be reassured that we DO NOT use chemically blown or soy based products; only caster based products.
Compared with other spray foam insulation, our insulation is more ecologically sustainable and is manufactured by us, Bio Foam, here in Ireland to the well known quality assured standards of ISO 9001:2008.
Our professionally trained contractors and installers that are using our products will direct you with exactly the most suitable spray insulation to suit your needs. We supply Spray Foam Contractors worldwide with our products.
Developments of Open-Cell Spray Foam
Low density open-cell spray foam is a long time in the making unlike high density closed cell insulations. The first uses of these low density insulation materials was roughly 20 years ago in the packaging industry, 10 years later the first formulation of open cell foam for use as a insulation was produced. The first green spray foam were produced a year later and contained soya based systems, formulated using polyols produced from soy bean oils. Soy based systems were produced in the US due to the rise in demand for the use of American grown or made material to be used in products. Soy is not a ecologically sustainable resource as it is widely used in the food and agricultural industry. Soy is a GM crop which made these systems unpopular outside the USA. Biofoam insulation products are the first certified spray foam systems to be certified using castor oil. Castor oil is a renewable resource that is not used in either the food industry or the agricultural industry. Biofoam insulation spray foams are all produced from ecologically sustainable resources. Quality of product and service is very important to us at Bio Foam Spray Insulation, we are committed to improving and maintaining our quality system. We are insulation suppliers and insulation manufacturers of Biofoam products which are traceable through our QMS ISO 9001:2008.
Guide to Spray Foam
There are many different types and suppliers of spray foam. To ensure you get the material and service you are looking for check product certification, testing and performance. When dealing with spray foam contractors always ensure credentials such as insurance and material knowledge are sufficient. If you are unsure about any insulation installers do not hesitate to contact us to ensure they are a fully trained registered fitter.
The key advantage spray foam has over any other insulation product is its efficiency at improving the air-tightness value of a structure. Unlike other insulation products it is installed as a single piece so there are no joints or gaps. Spray foam insulation is also the only insulation system that will maintain its efficiency over time. The application techniques used and the reactivity profile both aid in making it the insulation of choice for achieving air-tightness. It will seal any voids, gaps or leakage areas and is breathable due to the gradual dissipation of air through the material, while still increasing air-tightness. An excellent choice for loft insulation.
Thermal bridging is an important factor in the designing and renovation of a structure. Thermal bridging details are an important aspect of designing around details such as windows to prevent cold spots and possible dampness. Biofoam have a full portfolio of PSI details to suit a majority of insulation applications for our products in both new and retrofit applications. These calculations are product specific and are not interchangeable. They are not to be used with other products as our products have a lower thermal conductivity, stable density range and higher breathability than other insulation materials.
Spray foam is a very unique insulation product. It is shipped to a job site in its compact liquid state which saves significantly on transportation compared to its coefficient in board insulation. Two sets of Biofoam 800 converted to spray foam is equivalent to one shipping container of board insulation. 40 sets of spray foam can be shipped in one shipping container. The amount of energy used to produce enough foam insulation for a house is subsequently saved in the space of just one year. Spray foam will aid in saving the environment due to its high quality as a long lasting and stable insulator. Through the addition of air tightness and high quality, spray insulation will aid in the reduction of heating bills and emissions. Loose fill insulation will compress on average 7% per annum. This compression leads to gaps, voids and hollows in the insulation along with a decrease in thermal performance. Spray foam, however, is a lifelong and stable insulation system thus eliminating the need to reinsulate over time as the thermal performance will be consistent. The majority of the materials used for the production of our foam are sustainably sourced. We use castor oils as they have a low carbon footprint. Castor beans do not require irrigation for growth and require little energy for harvesting and pressing as they are cold pressed. Our polyols are all produced from renewable resources such as waste from both recycling and shells of cashew nuts.
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