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Spray foam – A modern approach to continuous insulation

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When researching insulating materials for commercial construction, medium density, closed-cell spray foam insulation provides a high-performance all-in-one continuous insulation and air barrier solution for the outer surface of sheathing on a framed wall. Spray foam insulation such as Icynene ProSeal Eco offers an array of advantages over more traditional options such as rigid XPS foam board in commercial construction.

Below provides a quick look at the advantages of Icynene’s 100% water blown closed cell, medium density spray foam product against the traditional materials when used for exterior continuous insulation in commercial construction applications:

Icynene ProSeal Eco:

Rigid XPS Foam Board:

  • An all-in-one product: Insulation, air barrier and vapor retarder
  • Tight and continuous seal over minimal required wall penetrations (brick ties)
  • Lower installed cost for a superior
  • air barrier assembly
  • Environmentally sensitive – Icynene ProSeal Eco is 100% water blown technology offering the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1
  • Less labor and less material waste
  • Easily applied to curved surfaces
  • Requires addition of air barrier material which drives higher installed cost for assembly
  • Mechanical fastening creates numerous wall penetrations
  • Requires taping at every joint
  • Chemical blowing agent with high Global Warming Potential (GWP) over 1000
  • Difficult to install on curved surfaces

Plus, there is a significant cost benefit that helps keep costs down whether it’s steel stud construction or CMU construction.

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