Underfloor Insulation and complete thermal protection — two prime topics to discuss in detail today. As you know, insulation is the only reliable and long-term solution to keep winter cold and summer heat away from your home. The winter temperature in Australia can drop up to 10 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country, and the summer heat can be as high as 35 degrees Celsius. Hence, it is pretty clear that these temperatures can give us a hard time, and we should take actions to stay comfortable. Underfloor Insulation plays a prime role here. According to insulation experts, each element of your home contributes to heat loss and gain in particular amounts. Which means we should take actions to prevent heat loss and gain through all these elements to live a comfortable life today.
As a whole, we can count the total heat inside your home as 100%, and this percentage can change with heat losses and gains through the elements. OK, what are those elements? The roof/ceiling, floors, walls, and doors/windows are the prime elements to discuss in detail here. Underfloor Insulation, as the name suggests; is the thermal barrier that prevents or minimizes heat gains and losses through the floor. The latest researches have found out that about of 25% heat can leak through the floor, and this percentage can further increase depending on the damages on the floor. What do you understand by this fact? Well, even if you protect your floor with a reliable thermal barrier; still, 75% of heat can leak through other elements, right? Hence, you can straightaway figure out the answer for the prime question now — is Underfloor Insulation alone enough for complete thermal protection? The answer is a big “NO.”
What happens to the remaining 75% of heat in your home? OK, let’s discuss other prime elements now! The roof/ceiling can contribute to about 25% of heat loss and gain. Which means installing a thermal barrier under floor alone can’t keep you comfortable if you ignore the roof/ceiling. Again, structural damages on the roof can further increase this percentage to a greater extent. Hence, you should rectify the structural damages first before installing any thermal barrier. Also, structural damages can cause insulation damages such as water ingress, excess moisture, pest infestations, and wildlife entering the attic. If we calculate the protection that you can obtain by Underfloor Insulation and roof insulation; 25%+25%=50%. Still, 50% of heat can leak through other elements.
The walls are the elements of a property that covers the vastest area. More the area, the more the heat can leak through that particular element. So, according to insulation experts; about 35% of heat can leak through the walls, and again; this percentage can increase further if damages present on the walls. 35% is a percentage that we can’t afford to lose today. We can sum up these percentages now. Underfloor Insulation+Wall Insulation+Roof Insulation (25%+25%+35%)=85%. Which means another 15% of heat can get leaked through other elements, and what are they? As mentioned, doors and windows are the remaining elements. Also, damages on doors and windows can further increase this percentage to a greater extent.
NoGap is a thermal barrier provider that sells quality products for all these prime elements. Call us today for more information on the product range and the prices!