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Spray Foam Insulation

Jon Gunn
3 months ago

We have just converted our attic and spray foam insulation was used. I have to confess I wasn’t paying to much attention to the form of insulation proposed and just let the contractor get on with i the job. Once it was complete I got curious looking at the spray foam and started reading about it.

It seems in the UK spray foam is a no go as banks will not lend on houses that have it. Essentially the discourse around the subject says foam makes it impossible to inspect roof timbers so a surveyor or engineer can’t give an opinion on the condition of the roof.

I’m not sure about the position in Ireland but would not expect it to be much different ?

Also there was a legal case this week ruled in the Court of Appeal whereby €2 million were awarded to a family who suffered respiratory disease owing to the toxic nature of the foam.

I’m now really worried the spray foam should not have been used and it is going to affect our ability to sell the house in the future or get any kind of equity release.

I wonder if you can comment as it seems we may be looking at massive problem in Ireland coming down the tracks just like the UK? Is there anything we can do to put our minds at ease?

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