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Snow makes for damp situations without Icynene insulation

There's plenty of white stuff flying when winter months hit, adding weight and moisture to the outside of a home. It's important that homeowners ensure they have the right products in place in their attics, walls and other structures to keep their buildings in good standing order, as well as promoting a dry and comfortable living environment throughout the domicile. There are some products, such as Icynene spray foam insulation, that assist with that process better than others.

Freezing fallout
Snow has the ability to pile high on rooftops and create an excessive load on flat surfaces especially. Not all owners take the time to push piles to the ground, and some aren't even aware that they need to, resulting in slouching and weak spots in the roof where cracks can begin to form. This harms the structural integrity of a roof and can cause significant problems that last throughout the year, specifically in terms of keeping a sound top to a home. This means new shingles and sometimes entire beams need to be installed to fix lost infrastructure, often creating extreme repair bills.

Icynene helps add strength to a building, creating reinforcement all along the roof and its integral spaces. By choosing a closed-cell spray foam, the structural soundness of a space is increased significantly. Because spray foam goes on as a liquid and takes on the shape of wherever it's applied, it's easy for owners to increase the tensile strength of their roofs by adding Icynene to every interior surface or adding it to the outside of a building.

Damaging efficiency
Avoiding cracks is useful for more than just avoiding structural integrity issues, however. It's also vital for keeping water out of a house. When snow is able to seep through cracks and enter a home, the warmth that rises to the attic will cause the substance to start melting. Especially in houses using traditional insulation like fiberglass or vermiculite, the lack of proper insulation or heat sealing in the ceiling of the upstairs floors allows a great amount of heat to escape into the roof area.

Once this happens and snow begins to melt, the moisture will be sucked into the insulation throughout the attic, causing significant problems. Due to the absorbent nature of older kinds of insulation, these materials will soak up the snow and begin to degrade. This will hold moisture in the attic and cause further damage to wood and surrounding infrastructure. What's more, it also encourages mold and mildew growth, which can create breathing problems and air quality issues throughout the entire house. As soon as mold takes hold, it's difficult to get it out of a house.

Solving issues
When moisture degrades insulation, it causes more heating and cooling control problems than ever. Damp and deteriorating insulation  doesn't block heat transfer, making a house even colder in the winter. Icynene spray foam is hydrophobic, meaning it can't absorb water and creates a total barrier against heat loss and moisture transmission, so it doesn't allow any dampness to make its way into the house and keeps all the warmth inside.

Talk to a certified Icynene insulation specialist to learn more about the best ways to prevent snow problems in the winter months. When snow starts to fall and temperatures drop, it's vital that owners find ways of keeping in the heat and stopping moisture for ruining internal structures, comfort and cost efficiency. Blocking these problems is easy with a solution that conforms to any space, adds structural integrity and can stop any kind of moisture from damaging more of a home than just the topmost levels where it touches.

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