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06 Sep

Spray Foam – an investment in future preparedness

In the aftermath of an extreme weather event such as hurricane, investing in spray foam insulation can be a key component in protecting your home or business. Extreme weather can cause various kinds of damage including:

  • Wind damage (e.g. shingle and/or roof uplift, cladding uplift, debris-impact damage)
  • Water damage from wind-driven rain penetration, roof, wall and window leaks, and
  • water penetration at wind/impact damage points
  • Basement, crawlspaces and living area flooding-related issues

Using flood-resistant materials

Did you know that spray foam insulation is classified as a flood-resistant material?

FEMA has identified closed-cell spray foam as a flood-resistant material used in coastal homes due to its resilience.
FEMA defines any flood-resistant material as “any building material capable of withstanding direct and prolonged contact with floodwaters without sustaining significant damage.” Included among the list of flood-resistant materials is:

  • closed-cell spray foam
  • pressure-treated lumber
  • reinforced masonry
  • corrosion-resistant coated structural steel

Mitigate roof damage

Water penetration from roof damage is considered one of the most commons insurance claims across the United States. The water resistant qualities of closed-cell spray foam provide a barrier to help deflect water from coming into the roof space. This is particularly ideal for wind- driven rain, a common feature of hurricanes.

Where additional hurricane hold-down resistance is required, all Icynene spray foam products benefit an unvented roof by eliminating upward pressures from pressurizing the attic via roof vents.

Protect crawlspaces, basements and walls
As an air barrier, spray foam helps limit moist air penetrating the building. In non flood-prone areas, light-density spray foam’s air-barrier qualities allow bi-directional assembly drying. This enables basement walls to dry out should they become wet. In flood zones, medium-density spray foam can be used since it does not absorb moisture.

Re-insulation with foam insulation is an investment in future preparedness and protection. Contact us today to discuss how you can repair and protect with spray foam.

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