Reasons to Use Light-Density, Open-Cell Spray Foam (Part 3)
Reason Three: Open-Cell spray foam enhances building durability
Air leakage can lead to concealed condensation and moisture damage. Using an effective air barrier such as Icynene light-density, open-cell spray foam can contribute to improved durability and performance of building envelope assemblies.
According to ASHRAE, moisture damage contributes to 90% of all building and building material failures. Moisture issues in commercial buildings can contribute to everything from corrosion of metal components and degradation of building materials to the growth of mold and poor indoor air quality.
Creating an air barrier with light-density, open-cell spray foam can pay off in a longer life of commercial building assemblies, helping prevent the need for costly repairs and lost operational time later on.
Light-density, open-cell spray foam such as Icynene can play multiple roles in moisture issue prevention and performance improvements for commercial building owners and occupants by:
- minimizing moisture-related problems caused by random air leakage
- helping prevent condensation by stopping conditioned internal air from meeting cold surfaces
- helping prevent the formation of mold
- enhancing the ability to dry out via diffusion
- allowing moisture to drain through making it easier to spot the source of leaks and thereby permitting any roof repairs to be made more easily
There are more reasons why commercial architects should consider using light-density, open-cell spray foam in commercial building projects. Also, Icynene’s Building Science and Engineering teams can discuss with you how you can successfully use open-cell spray foam in your current designs.