All about Insulation

Roof insulation? Just because you don’t notice it or people don’t talk about it very much doesn’t mean it’s not important.   Insulation, between or under your roof and walls actually does a lot for you.  Understanding how insulation works may not just help you save the environment but could help you save a lot on your energy bills too!

There are many common characteristics amongst various types of insulation:  holding the heat in during cold weather, keeping the heat out during the summer months.   The fact that heat rises means your roof needs more protection than your walls.  To fit different spatial conditions, insulation products come in different sizes, shapes, textures and material used.

4 Common Types of Insulation

batt insulation

Batt Insulation – these are fluffy sheets that come in long rolls and are made from fiber glass. It is easy to install and cheaper than most insulation types but come with a price: leaving a few gaps in its installation can lower the insulation’s performance.

And even if perfectly installed batt insulation doesn’t stop air leaks and isn’t suitable for areas such as basements because of the tendency to grow mold and other moisture related issues.

rigid foam

Rigid Foam Insulation – this is made from foam plastic and is usually used for insulating exterior walls and foundations.  Some also use it for vinyl siding, ceilings and interior walls as well but must be covered with drywall. But since this type of insulation is rigid, it requires cuts to accommodate electrical conduits and plumbing which diminish the insulating capacity.

This type of insulation is very susceptible to sunlight. It must be installed and stored properly because UV rays can damage it.

loose fill

Loose fill or blown insulation – this type of material resembles confetti.  This is ideal for irregularly shaped areas like attic floors, wall cavities, or for filling obstructions. It is usually made of cellulose, fiberglass or even wool in some cases. The best part of using this type is it is environmentally friendly since it is primarily made from recycled paper.

But just like other insulation materials, it tends to diminish as it is prone to moisture absorption.   It can rot and grow molds if exposed to moist for a longer period of time.

 

liquid

 

Liquid Thermal Insulation – this is an elastomeric insulating ceramic coating, which is an emulsion of high-grade acrylic resins, incorporating special additives, dries to yield a tough, velvety, non-yellowing coat with waterproofing properties as well as exceptional abrasion resistance. It also has very strong corrosion inhibitors or rust converters to prevent any further rusting after the application

Here are some of the other benefits

  • Reduce temperature up to 45%
  • Cut cooling costs up to 40%
  • Reduce UV penetration up to 96.6%
  • Improve environmental conditions
  • Prolong cooling equipment life
  • Eliminate thermal shock (expansion and contraction)
  • Stops peeling, cracking and fading
  • Converts rust into iron phosphate
  • Seals and waterproofs
  • Increases metal life, which will save you money.

 

Insulation may seem like a routine topic but protecting your roof and walls and helping you save heaps of cooling and heating costs in the long run isn’t. Not all insulation is created equal so choosing the best type of that fits your needs is something that should not be taken for granted,  Call Thermacoat today to see if your facility qualifies for our state of the art coating material and start saving today!