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Aiming for R-value with Icynene key in tight areas

One of the biggest considerations builders and homeowners alike need to make is the amount of space they have available for updating structures. These restrictions exist in a number of spaces, such as attics, basements and in various parts of older construction houses that have less surface depth between interior walls. Maintaining the overall structure of these areas and gaining the best return on investment takes a product like Icynene spray foam insulation, which reduces the amount of material required in order to gain the desired result.

Improving home options
With Icynene, insulation problems like air drafts and moisture issues are of no concern. What's more, this product fills the area and provides high R-value* on all insulation options without requiring as much material as traditional fiberglass products. Working with a certified Icynene contractor allows you to establish what your needs are in a home improvement scenario and find the right insulation items to fit these demands. By ensuring that you have the best people on the job, you can be certain that the resulting insulation application will fit the needs of your family, your home and your budget.

Icynene spray foam insulation goes on in a liquid state and adheres to available surfaces, creating a thorough coat in whatever space it's applied to. The thoroughness and thickness of the seal that spray foam creates helps keep out drafts, reduces the need to run heating and cooling units and makes it impossible for moisture to leak in. This helps reduce home heating and cooling costs by as much as 50 percent^, producing a significant return on investment for homeowners. It also makes the structure a more valuable asset and grants it a greater resale value in the future.

The value of insulation
The biggest thing to focus on with this application, though, as The Evansville Courier and Press wrote, is the total R-value* associated with a product. The source stated that it's important to regard this number in terms of how secure you want your home, as lower values mean less protection. Traditional fiberglass products usually give your home a rating of about R-11 to R-15, even when using high-density solutions. To add more R-value* with these traditional products requires more space. But the thicker the traditional product is, doesn't necessarily mean it is more efficient. Fiberglass does not keep out moisture and is a prime bedding material for small animals, so it can be a hazard for families in these ways as well.

Spray foam insulation, on the other hand, does not have any of these problems. Icynene products also carry R-values well over this range. As the source pointed out, fiberglass has an R-value* around 2.7 per inch at its highest density, but this product also needs a lot of space to be effective. Spray foam goes on cleaner and thinner, and Icynene's products range in value from 3.7 per inch all the way to an R-value of 6.75 per square inch and performs significantly better than the traditional products available.

The benefits of Icynene make it a superior insulating product for homeowners and builders of all kinds. A certified Icynene technician can quickly and easily assess a current space and come up with an estimate for how much it will take to repair the situation and the savings owners should expect for years to come. Don't worry about long build periods or damaging architecture with spray foam, because this product goes where it needs to be, strengthening a structure without putting any extra demands on it.

* 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.

^ Savings vary. Find out why in the seller's fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.

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