With so much discussion around insulation and ceiling insulation types, one must ask the question “does insulation really work?” Insulation is not just something to keep snow and frost covered homes in the Northern hemisphere warm. Keeping sunny, warm homes in the southern hemisphere cool is an equally valuable reason for installing insulation. In answer to the question “does insulation really work” the answer is yes.
Every homeowner in the world is on a quest to reduce energy and save money. This is not a South African phenomenon and insulation plays a big part in saving energy and saving money. Insulation keeps room temperatures at a constant, more comfortable level 365 days a year. Keeping the rooms cooler or warmer depending on the time of year reduces the need to use appliances to control the temperature. In doing this energy and cost savings both arise. In chasing these goals the only way to save energy is with the correct roof insulation.
Ceiling Insulation Types
There are a number of ceiling insulation types available in South Africa. Some ceiling insulation types are more effective than others. Some insulation products can be used in ceilings or roofs and others are not safe to install in the ceiling. When deciding on the ceiling insulation type that you would like to use do your homework. Make sure that you check the ceiling insulation specifications and that the R value is sufficient as per the SANS legislation.
ISOTHERM CEILING INSULATION
One of the most well-known and easily recognizable forms ceiling insulation types is Batt Blanket or Matt insulation. When it comes to this form of insulation the name to trust is ISOTHERM. ISOTHERM is 100% eco-friendly not just because it reduces your energy consumption. The ISOTHERM insulation product is one of only a handful made from recycled plastic cool drink bottles. PET bottles can be recycled to produce a fine and soft polyester.
When worked into loft insulation providing outstanding insulation properties. There are many other similar products made from a variety of natural and man-made fibers that come in rolls that can be trimmed to the correct size. The Isotherm insulation is SANS compliant and will achieve the correct R value for South Africa. Please be sure to read all the Isotherm Specification to make the right choice. In fact, the 145mm Isotherm insulation is SANS compliant for the Western Cape region.
THINK PINK AEROLITE CEILING INSULATION
Think Pink Aerolite ceiling insulation has been on the market worldwide for more than 90 years. The Aerolite insulation product has evolved to be one of the best ceiling insulation types on the market worldwide. In fact, Aerolite ceiling insulation has the best fire rating of all insulation types. Coupled with this the Aerolite has great R value specifications.
The added benefit of the 135mm Aerolite insulation is sound proofing benefits of Aerolite. In fact, Aerolite insulation has an NRC 1.1. So not only will Aerolite insulation save energy your home will be cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Loose Fill Ceiling Insulation
Another ceiling insulation type is loose fill insulation. This insulation made from recycled paper or from foam or polystyrene pellets. Blown into the loft space or ceiling filling gaps in and around protruding objects loose fill installs quickly. The downside to this material is that settles fast, unlike ISOTHERM that does not settle.
Once settled its insulation properties drop and the product may need replacing sooner. Another downfall of loose fill ceiling insulation is the wind factor. The wind blows the insulation in the roof causing problems with the effectiveness. Loose fill ceiling insulation types are not very popular in South Africa because of the ceiling damage if you have a roof leak. As these products tend to absorb water.
Rigid Board Polystyrene Ceiling Insulation
A Very popular and relatively affordable ceiling insulation type is rigid board insulation. Made from various materials such as polystyrene, polyurethane and other types of rigid foam it comes in made to measure or large boards.
The boards are lightweight and can be cut to size for use anywhere in the home, not just the ceiling. The rigid board has good insulation properties and is useful for small insulation jobs. Rigid board ceiling insulation types are not to be used in the ceiling space as they can be a fire risk.
But just what is insulation?
There are many ceiling insulation types and many other insulation products for use in other areas. In simple terms, insulation is a way of minimizing heat loss or heat gain in a room or building. Just like a thermos flask keeps coffee hot or juice cold so the insulation does the same on your home. It is very important to install Thermal Insulation products that have high R- values. The best Thermal Insulation products are SABS approved and should also have a class A/1 fire rating. In fact, the Aerolite Thermal Insulation not only has the highest R-value it also has the A/1 fire rating.
Most people are aware of ceiling insulation types for roof spaces. However, insulation is also available for gaps in hollow walls, hot water systems and draughty windows and doors. One of the most common names for the various ceiling insulation types is bulk insulation. Ceiling Insulation is available in a number of formats each with different uses due to their different properties.
In fact, Insulation has many applications from the industrial side boilers and pipes. Nowadays Home Insulation has become a big factor in energy saving conservation.
Reasons To Install Ceiling Insulation
Every South African need to take responsibility for saving energy. Load shedding in recent years has changed the way people look at electricity. As they have woken up to the need to use less. One cannot rely on the government or Eskom alone to solve the energy problems South Africa faces. In fact, we all need to play our part in saving energy.
Insulation plays a big part in helping the nation reduce electricity demand. Installing one of the many ceiling insulation types and other insulation products makes financial and environmental sense. Electricity is set to increase in price further in the coming months. Installing insulation will offset some of this cost for well-informed households. By reducing energy demand, cooler or warmer homes need require less energy to keep comfortable utility bills drop. Less energy used means less reliance on electricity and everyone, homeowners, government, and ESKOM are all happy.
Many people would agree that one of the best reasons to install insulation over and above the cost and energy savings is a comfortable home or office space. Ceiling Insulation really does make a difference in ambient temperature. In fact, offices become more productive and homes become happier and life becomes less stressful.
Ceiling Insulation also absorbs sound, in some cases improves security. Double Glazing and can increase the value of a property. There are countless reasons to install insulation and to do so it not expensive in the long run.
At what point can insulation be installed?
2013 building regulations require that all new homes built have ceiling insulation. There is not the wrong time to install insulation but installing when building new ensures the very best results. When building a new property insulation designed to work better and meet or exceed the prescribed specification is easier to install.
Insulation can be installed at any time and the best times are today and yesterday. Despite the relatively temperate climate in South Africa, all homes can and will benefit from good or more appropriate insulation. Insulation products are measured by their R-Value. The R-Value is a simple way of measuring how good a product is at controlling heat flow through it. The higher the R-Value the better the insulation properties a product has.
The current building regulations around insulation determine the type of and R-value of insulation installed by climatic region. The regulations are designed to maximize energy efficiency at all times of the year. Having cooler homes in summer and warmer in winter reduces electricity use substantially. Most homes built before 2013 have no or very limited insulation. It is not difficult or overly expensive to install insulation to meet or better building regulations. Once you install any of the ceiling insulation types the benefits will begin to show almost immediately.
How do I get installation installed?
Some ceiling insulation types can be easily installed by any DIY enthusiast with good results. For ideal results professionals should install insulation. Just saying “I want my ceiling insulated” is not always enough. Having a professional insulation installer give you advice is more appropriate insulation solution.
A professional insulation provider will not just provide the right solution but will also ensure products are SABS approved and workmanship is of a high level. Energy and cost savings are the driving forces behind installing insulation. Having your insulation installed by a professional may cost a little more but the savings will be more in the end. In fact, in most cases, it would work out cheaper for professional ceiling insulation installers to insulate your home. The fact that these companies buy in bulk means you will save. Also, the hassle of trying to crawl in a confined space in the heat is not pleasant.
It makes absolute sense to consider the various ceiling insulation types.Then to install the most appropriate for your home and budget. Insulation will save you energy and will save you money there is no denying it.
So Many Ceiling Insulation Types What Is Best?
This is a difficult question as all home owners have their own opinions on this subject. However in my opinion after 30 years in the industry, i am very firm on what is the best ceiling insulation types. Over the last 30 years, we have installed all types of Roof Insulation Products. Roof Insulation Cape Town will only install insulation products that we believe in.
Our products of choice are the Isotherm Insulation as well as the Aerolite Insulation and the Simply Green Insulation. In fact, we do not install cellulose and this is a product we will never install. We are not interested in insulation products that have high chemical content. And the fact that cellulose is a fine paper dust type insulation means that it will be effected by strong winds. When our teams remove cellulose we often find the insulation has blown to one end of the home with very little coverage on the other side.
In fact, we stock all roll types of insulation. However, we only install the Isotherm and the aerolite insulation. These products are tried and tested and give the best results. Isotherm and Aerolite Ceiling Insulation Types are very popular and account for a 25% referral rate.