Insulation has made history. It has become the only long-term solution for winter cold and summer heat invasions. Over the past few years, many thermal barrier types came to the industry, and we are here to explain those to you today. Remember, every product is unique in its ways, but their use or practicality may vary depending on your requirement. For example, we can’t rate one Insulation type as the best of all, but a particular product may come with top benefits.
Insulation batts and blankets: The most-used type yet. It is safe to say that that majority of properties in Australia yet has this thermal barrier type installed. Affordable prices, availability, easy installation, and durability are the top advantages of batts and blankets. Fibreglass is the most-used material to manufacture this Insulation type, but other alternatives such as cellulose also used. The R-value is the factor that determines the thermal efficiency of batts and blankets; hence, you should purchase the right R-value, depending on your area. Leaving gaps between batts or blankets is one common mistake that you shouldn’t make when installing this product type.
Rigid Insulation Panels: One of the latest creations of the thermal barrier industry, and it is safe to say that this is the product range that comes with the highest resistance to environmental factors. A lot of environmental parameters affect Insulation; hence, the resistance to those determines the product durability. For example, water ingress, pest infestations, and mould growth are day-to-day killers of thermal barriers, but rigid panels show remarkably high resistance to those. Easy installation, affordable prices, dual-thermal-protection, and availability are the top advantages of this unique product range. Depending on the supplier, you will get a warranty for many decades.
Blown-in Insulation: A somewhat different product when compared to other thermal barrier types. As the name suggests, this is an Insulation type that comes as small pieces; hence, the installation of it needs a commercial blowing machine. Most of the time, those material pieces are fibreglass but cellulose also available now. Why this thermal barrier type? Well, Insulation installation can be a challenge at times when present structural elements hinder it. For example, a few properties in Australia have a lot of structural components such as crossbars. Those will act as barriers to thermal barrier installation, but blown-in Insulation, due to its form, can go between those hard-to-insulate areas. As a result, no gaps that lower the overall efficiency of it.
Spray Foam: Another Insulation type that needs commercial machines to install. Similar to blown-in insulation, but spray-foam doesn’t come in small pieces. It is an insulating paste or foam that get stuck to the structure. Also, the installer can fill it between hard-to-insulate gaps and corners. When this Insulation type came to this world; a few claimed that it is not a safe product. Anyway, nowadays, thermal barrier manufacturers have proved the product safety of it. Don’t worry so!
Well, those are the primary Insulation types available in Australia now. A few more new products may invade the market shortly. Any property owner can fulfil their requirements with the available ones, though. If you are not sure of the right Insulation type for your property; then get recommendations from experts.