Why Insulation is important?
Insulations maximise the use of natural resources and restrict the wastage of energy. Insulation is one of the most efficient ways to conserve energy at your place from heating and cooling because it resists heat transfer. Insulation helps in keeping it warm in winter and cool during summers.
Before installing insulation, there are a few things that you should know.
- Not all insulations are the same. They can be distinguished into various categories. Each insulation type have their specific benefits and usages.
- Installing insulation is slightly complicated. It is advised to hire a professional if you are not familiar with the process.
- Insulation can be expensive so factor in your budget.
What are insulators made of?
There are different materials and qualities that are considered while making insulators, but generally good insulators consist of products that have a structure similar to wool, that trap tiny pockets of air. Moreover, fabrics like cotton and hemp are great insulators. Wood-based products like hardboard and wooden doors are also good insulators that keeps your home warm.
What are the types of Insulations?
1. Floor Insulation
Floor insulation is a simple and effective way to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills. Before you can decide on the best insulation, you must know what type of floor you have.
- If your house has a basement or cellar then you might be able to see wooden joists and the undersides of the floorboards from below. Solid insulation board or rolls of mineral fibre can be fitted between the flooring joists.
- If you cannot access the space underneath your floor, you will need to lift a corner of the carpet and underlay. High-performance insulation boards are often the best materials to insulate an existing concrete slab floor. They provide the best thermal performance at any given thickness.
2. Cavity Wall Insulation
Cavity wall insulation refers to insulating a gap between the inner and outer leaf. An insulator is inserted into the wall through drilling holes which are then refilled with cement. With the ease of installation and very cost-effective, this form of insulation is the most common way existing and new homes are being insulated today. Cavity wall leads to the most heat loss, hence making sure to get only the best insulation materials from reliable brands.
At Build4Less, cavity wall insulation sheets come from pioneering manufacturers such as Ballytherm, Rockwool, Xtratherm, Kingspan and Quinntherm and many more that meet your precise requirements, providing superior thermal insulation lasting for a lifetime.
3. Attic Insulation
Attic insulation will resist heat escaping through the roof and there are several types available, depending on your needs. Attic Insulation installation are easy and popular in DIY projects. The loss of heat through attic not only costs you money in the form of higher heating bills, but it also harms the environment by increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Ceiling Level Insulation
- Rafter Level Insulation
- Flat Roof Insulation
4. Acoustic Insulation
Acoustic floor insulation refers to the installation of noise-reducing insulation within floors. Noise pollution can have a significant impact on people’s health. Those living and working in cities are especially vulnerable. Protection from external noise, Comfort and privacy, Reduction of sound transmission and vibration passing through building elements, Applications for both renovation projects and new builds are some benefits of Acoustic Insulation.
5. Insulated Plasterboard
Plasterboard (drywall), is a piece of Gyproc, or gypsum, sandwiched between thick, heavy-duty construction paper. Plasterboard is commonly used on walls and ceilings and is then finished off with plaster or paint. It can also be a cost-effective solution to insulating your walls as the insulated plasterboard may be cheaper than buying both constituent parts.
If you still have more questions on the type of insulations then visit our Build4Less stores or ring us at (01) 905 9355. We’ll be happy to help.