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Why Is Closed-Cell Spray Foam Better For Insulating Commercial Buildings?

David Jones - 21 Oct 2019

Commercial buildings require a specific approach in terms of insulation choice. Many business owners are looking for innovative ways to protect their property through the right investment. Architects and construction professional agree that closed cell spray foam system delivers better results than open cell spray foam in commercial application. We are trying to answer the question:

Why is closed-cell spray foam better to insulate a commercial building?

Denser, More Durable Material

Spray Foam used for insulation has a sponge-like texture. It consists of tiny bubbles that are filled with either air for open-cell or gas for closed cell. Open cell spray foam is soft because its bubble structure is loose and bubbles remain open. Bubbles of closed-cell spray foam are stuck more tightly to each other, which results in denser, harder insulation material. Additionally, the gas inside of the closed bubbles in closed cell spray foam expands creating even better insulating properties compared to the air inside of open cell spray foam. It will quickly strengthen the walls and ceiling while reducing the air and moisture leakage.

It’s worth knowing that different parts of the world and different climates may require slightly different insulation strategy. In UK,  due to high humidity and moderate temperatures, it is reasonable to consider a combination of both open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation systems.

Saving Time and Money

The strength and rigid nature of closed cell spray foam makes it a perfect choice for application inside of a commercial property. It can be applied faster as only thin layer is needed to provide sufficient insulation effect. This significantly reduces costs of labour and business closure times.

Applying closed-cell spray foam insulation gives a huge scope for savings in terms of energy usage. Energy efficiency for commercial buildings is becoming a necessary change that businesses need to include in their plans.

Flexibility of Application

As mentioned in a paragraph above, closed-cell spray foam is a perfect fit as an insulation solution for commercial buildings due to its short installation times. The benefit of saving time comes with an option to apply the foam in places that would be hard to insulate using traditional methods. It doesn’t need any labour intensive tasks, which is the case with XPS rigid foam board, where specialists will have to measure and cut the foam into shape. With closed-cell spray foam, a trained installer can insulate specific corners and angles without losing original shape of a design.

Closed-cell spray foam insulation is also suitable for both cavity fill and outdoor insulating, for a more water resistant, air sealed and fire proof building.

If you are considering more cost effective solutions for your commercial building, speak to one of Home Logic Spray Foam Experts. For a quick enquiry or to book free assessment, please use our contact form.

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