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    What is Spray Foam Removal?

    Spray foam insulation (SPF) is not a new type of insulation. It’s been around for more than 30 years. But it’s only now that homeowners realise how this type of home insulation can cause health problems as well as affect their chances of securing a conventional mortgage!

    So what is spray foam insulation?
    Spray foam insulation provides an alternative type of insulation to fibreglass, mineral or wool fibre rolls. It’s frequently used in roofs, although the foam can also be used to insulate walls and floors.

    Spray Foam Health Problems (Off-gassing Issues)

    Spray foam insulation can cause people to develop breathing issues as well as having other
    adverse effects on their overall health and well-being. This is due to off-gassing which is the release of chemicals into the air. That said, some fumes are a lot more toxic than many spray foam insulation installers let on. It could lead to the following health issues if exposure is prolonged:

    • Headaches
    • Respiratory disorders
    • Hormone disruption
    • Certain forms of cancers
    • In short, spray foam applications generate harmful isocyanate vapours which can lead to sensitisation. You may suffer an allergic reaction such as:
    • Watery eyes
    •  Itching
    • Skin rashes

    If your home already has spray foam insulation, you may want to consider finding a solution to the problem. You may be wise to get in touch with experts in spray foam insulation removal.

    Types of spray foam insulation

    There are two types of spray foam insulation, open cell and closed cell. If the wrong one is
    used in a property, it can lead to problems. If your property has open cell spray foam
    insulation installed and a good vapour barrier is not used, the foam will give off harmful
    toxic odours.

    Open cell spray foam insulation

    Open cell spray foam Once set, open cell spray foam is less dense – you can compress it with your hand.

    So it can’t be used as a structural support. It’s not as good an insulator as closed cell foam, so you’ll need to install a thicker layer to get the same level of insulation.

    Closed cell spray
    foam

    Closed cell spray foam sets into a rigid solid which can help support the structure of your property if it’s not in the best condition. It tends to be a better insulator than open cell spray foam. This is because when it sets, it contains lots of separate pockets of gas which slow down the movement of heat through it. But it’s a barrier to moisture, so you’ll need to make sure your room or loft is well-ventilated to stop condensation building up.

    Spray Foam and Mortgage Lenders

    Spray Foam Insulation Can Affect The Resale Value of a Property

    Having spray foam insulation can affect the value of your property. Not only will lenders turn down a buyer’s home loan application, but they could stipulate having a new roof installed before considering lending any money to an interested buyer. The cost of having a new roof installed is expensive, time consuming, and in a many cases the work causes a lot of inconvenience to owners.

    Remortgaging a Property With Spray Foam Insulation

    Lenders are not keen on remortgaging properties with spray foam insulation, and this applies if you are looking to remortgage your home. The reason mortgage companies and banks are never keen on remortgaging a property with this type of insulation is for the following reasons:

    • Rotting roof timbers due to moisture damage
    • Mould
    • Damp in roofs and in a property’s walls
    • A roof’s integrity could be compromised
    • Other hidden problems

    Your lender may want you to have a new roof installed before they agree to a remortgage
    application. As previously mentioned, this is a costly exercise and one that can be extremely stressful.

    Why should I use a Spray Foam Removal Expert?

    The process of removing spray foam insulation from a property’s roof is never easy and when professionally carried out, the process is labour intensive. However, if it means a lender will look favourably on your loan application, the mess, the cost, and the effort is extremely worthwhile.

    A competent company will remove the spray foam from all your roof timbers which allows them to breathe because of improved airflow. When the work is carried out by a reputable company, it may involve removing existing roof tiles too. As such, the process may take a little longer. But the good news is that this should not affect the total cost. A reputable spray foam insulation removal firm will always carry out a detailed internal survey prior to pricing a job. As such, the cost of spray foam insulation removal is known from the outset.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is spray foam insulation?

    Spray foam insulation provides an alternative type of insulation to fibreglass, mineral or wool fibre rolls. It’s frequently used in roofs, although the foam can also be used to insulate walls and floors.

    Could the presence of spray foam affect the resale value of my poperty?

    Having spray foam insulation can affect the value of your property. Not only will lenders turn down a buyer’s home loan application, but they could stipulate having a new roof installed before considering lending any money to an interested buyer.

    Why should I contact a reputable spray foam removal company?

    The process of removing spray foam insulation from a property’s roof is never easy and when professionally carried out, the process is labour intensive.

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