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Home Insulation: A Guide to Staying Warm

Home Insulation: A Guide to staying Warm

Insulation comes in many different forms, and sometimes choosing the right type of insulation for your home can be a challenge. Here is a quick guide to some of the main types of insulation that you can use in your home.

Insulation Boards

Insulation Boards

Rigid insulation boards consist of plasterboard with an insulated backing. They are fitted onto the inside of walls using adhesive, and the application is usually very quick. The insulation is usually about 60 mm thick, but it can be more. The joints are then sealed to prevent air from getting through. These products are available from a range of manufacturers and leading brands include Celotex insulation boards, Kingspan, Ecotherm and British Gypsum.

Rockwool

Rockwool

This is a brand of stone wool insulation that is created from volcanis rock. It is non-combustible to provide protection from fire, and it does not melt even when temperatures are very high. It is also very durable.

Rockwool can be used for cavity wall insulation as well as insulation in the roof and floor. A layer of insulation is inserted in the spaces between the joists, which can be in the form of a roll or loose, and then a top layer across the joints. Insulation is usually added to a depth of about 300 mm for the best results.

Foil Insulation

Foil Insulation

Foil insulation is made using a number of layers of foil that are then filled with air and wadding, which could include plastic foam. The aim of the foil is to reflect heat, helping to keep the home warm during cold months, but it can also reflect heat during summer to keep the home cooler. It can usually be fitted to both new and old buildings.

Sometimes it comes in the form of bubble foil, which is the most common, and different widths are available. You could also use multi-foil insulation, which is common in floors, roofs and walls. It is not as thick as bubble boil and is therefore a good option when space is limited.

Insulation Rolls

Polystyrene

Insulation rolls are usually made from glass mineral wool. This material can irritate the skin if not handled correctly during installation, so make sure you use appropriate protection. It comes in different thicknesses, from 100 mm to over 200 mm, and it is usually applied in the loft.

Polystyrene

Polystyrene

Polystyrene insulation comes in many different forms. For example, polystyrene loft boards are placed above blanket insulation in the loft. Polystyrene panels are also used in the walls. However it is used, the material provides an effective form of insulation for the home.

Choose the right insulation for your home

Choosing the most suitable insulation for your property can sometimes be difficult, so it is a good idea to get professional advice when making your decision. High-quality insulation can last many years and help to keep you comfortable in your home while also reducing your energy bills, so start looking for the right insulation for your home today and stay warm this winter. If you need help finding the most appropriate insulation for your project or have any other queries, call our team on 01628 674910 or contact us here.

by Phillip Lidgerton

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