What is SucraSeal?
In a nutshell, SucraSeal is a 0.5lb Open Cell Spray Foam that contains patented formulations used to provide exceptional fire-proofing unlike many other Open Cell manufactured spray foams. SucraSeal also has one of the highest bio-contents of any other Open Cell Spray Foams available in the UK with up to 17% bio-based content in its finished state. Open Cell Spray Soam insulation is perhaps one of the most common Spray Foam types to be installed as a retro-fit insulant, between the roof rafters in loft spaces and the major advance in technology, offered by SucraSeal, now allows homeowners the choice between an Open Cell with enhanced fire retardency (SucraSeal) and better known Open Cell’s most commonly used in the UK marketplace right now.
Why is SucraSeal important?
Never before in the UK, has there been an Open Cell Spray Foam insulant that can provide such exceptional fire-proofing qualities. Most standard Open Cell’s will ignite rapidly and burn in their entirety whereas SucraSeal is different. The sucrose based content within the SucraSeal Open Cell has been specially formulated to provide layer upon layer of fire protection which, when burned, can be likened to the performance of a Creme Brulee when a blow torch is used to burn the sugar. Essentially, a naked flame will char the surface of SucraSeal but as the flame continues to penetrate the compound, the sucrose formula will continue to crisp and self-extinguish, significantly reducing the risk of collateral damage and indeed injury or death.
Should I be worried if I have had standard Open Cell installed?
Generally speaking, no. The Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 was a major catalyst in the review of the fire performance of construction products such as insulation. Fire is extremely unlikely in the standard modern day house, such is the level of fire retardant fabrics, construction materials, safety of white goods and fire monitoring such as smoke alarms. Spray Foam Insulation should be installed into the loft space of a property to provide an airtight seal from apex to eaves and this usually helps to starve the oxygen in the event of fire, reducing the impact of the fire to spread. If you currently have Open Cell insulation in your property, you do not need to panic, a house contains many items that will burn before fire reaches the loft space – let’s remember, if you experience a fire in your property, unless it is small enough to contain, your first thought should be to evacuate the property. SucraSeal Open Cell is simply an alternative to the more traditional Open Cell Insulation and we have launched the product in the UK to provide an enhanced level of fire safety, particularly in assisting with the protection of the roof structure and helping to prevent collateral damage to the structural integrity of the property.
If Insulation can burn, why would I have it?
There is often a misconception of what items can burn in the event of a fire. In new construction, items such as fire-proof plasterboard is used in the wall/ceiling structure but that doesn’t mean it won’t burn, it simply means that it has been constructed to offer longer burning time which in turns gives a longer period of time to evacuate the property whilst reducing the rapid spread of flame into other areas. Almost any item will burn, it’s just a case of how long it takes to burn. Insulation is important in the home, particularly as energy costs continue to rise year on year, therefore, you shouldn’t not insulate your property because you are worried about it catching fire – you should make the choice as to which insulation items are less likely to burn and spread rapidly in the event of fire. Polyurethane-based Spray Foam Insulation has become very popular for UK homeowners as a result of its excellent thermal performance, air-tightness, durability and space saving application in comparison to other insulation types. SucraSeal has been launched in the UK to help increase the burning time of Open Cell Spray Foam in the event of fire and we would suggest that it is considered before any other type of Open Cell Insulation is considered.