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Balancing the benefits of snow with Icynene

Snow is a beautiful seasonal addition to Christmas cards and festive decorations, but it may not be the best thing for lining a house. When flakes start to fly and piles of the white stuff wind up on the roof, around the foundation and all through the eaves, it can cause difficulties in the home maintenance department.

That's not to say that snow is all bad, though. The Newark Advocate wrote that it's a natural insulator and can provide some relief from strong winter winds and creeping cold drafts. When it piles up around the sides of a home, it can help block these negative effects of the season from having quite as bad an impact on a house as they might otherwise. What's more, snow fits into every crack and crevice along the outside of a home, sticking where it lands and piling along every undulation of siding or trim on a structure.

Learning from nature
As a natural insulator, homeowners could learn a lot from snow in terms of how to maintain a house. Using a substance that blocks out wind and fills up cracks is important for keeping out harsh wind and moisture, keeping in heat and protecting the integrity of a building. These are all prime qualities of Icynene spray foam insulation as well.

This substance goes on as a liquid and adheres to available surfaces, expanding to fill any space where it's applied as perfectly as a glove to a hand. It creates a seal within walls, floors, ceilings and attics, preventing cold air from creeping in during the coldest winter months. Closed-cell insulation even helps reinforce the structural integrity of a building, thereby making it easier for a house to withstand the worst winter can throw at it. Different kinds of insulation help increase the ability for a building to hold heat, which allows homeowners to cut heating and cooling bills and save money in many other ways throughout a house's lifetime.

The barrier forged by spray foam insulation is impervious to moisture and mold. By bolstering the solidity of walls and other surfaces, this solution also makes it impossible for melting snow to seep inside. This can be a particular problem during the coldest months of the year, when the rays of the sun or outside conditions may make it warm enough during the day for snow to turn to water and flow between the cracks in foundations or eaves. At night, when temperatures plunge, this water freezes into ice, causing expansion in wood and cement that might damage these structures permanently.

Locating more issues
Other problems can crop up thanks to cold weather and creeping condensation. According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, water sometimes collects on the inside surface of windows due to poor ventilation or bad insulation. The extreme temperature difference between the area surrounding the window and the rest of the house causes natural moisture in the air to turn to liquid on the pane. This can create other concerns for the casing and surrounding woodwork when water is allowed to collect.

An Icynene certified contractor can help answer questions about where in a house it's best to check for these kinds of existing problems. Such a professional can also inspect the rest of a home for other underlying problems in how a house is constructed and determine the best ways to fix these issues. By enhancing structural integrity and blocking up any kinds of holes or cracks, spray foam insulation from Icynene can help homeowners enjoy the snow and the winter season with much greater peace of mind.

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