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Spray Foam Insulation - Good or Bad?

Spray-foam insulation has been a hot topic in the industry for the past few years. Manufacturers and installers have been pushing these products onto unsuspecting homeowners without fully explaining the risks. We see facebook adverts all the time, and have even seen high profile adverts in airports and shopping centres. I'm sure lots of you will also have seen these adverts, particularly now there is a drive to improve insulation in all homes, supported by government funding.

Spray foam can increase condensation risk (contrary to the marketing material) and has often caused irreversible damage to the roof structure, requiring expensive repairs. Lenders may not offer mortgages on homes with spray foam because of this reason.

To address the issue and lack of public awareness, the Residential Property Surveyors Association and the Property Care Association consulted on the evidence and determined that in most cases, the installers have not completed adequate investigations prior to installing it. More recently, the attached article from industry heavyweight LABC Warranty has stated they will not be accepting applications for warranties where spray foam is applied.

Improving energy efficiency in homes is an important step to reducing our carbon footprint and our energy costs. However, it must be done carefully, with consideration to the individual building and its characteristics. For sound independent advice on all matters relating to your home don't hesitate to get in touch - and stay away from Spray-Foam insulation!

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