Insulation offers your home enormous added value on the housing market. A high energy label, lower heating costs and less noise pollution are some of the benefits of a well-insulated home. Are you planning to properly insulate your home? Check out the difference between the types of insulation and their application. An investment in your home will only be beneficial if you invest in the right material.
Isover glass wool is the most popular type of insulation. Glass wool is made of sand and recycled glass fragments. The fibrous texture ensures that air is retained, resulting in an airtight insulation.
Glass wool is easily to process due to its light weight. It is recommended to work with gloves as well as safety goggles and mouth mask. The glass fibres may irritate the skin and airways, so take precautions. Glass wool is mainly used for insulating sloping roofs, interior walls or wooden floorboards. Because glass wool is easy to use, this type of insulation is not just a favourite with the construction companies but also the most obviously choice for private individuals. Glass wool is available in several forms. For example, glass wool is supplied with a damp shield made of paper or aluminium to insulate the room even better. Glass wool can be supplied in the shape of blankets or sheets. It is important to securely tape the seams so that everything remains damp-free.
Rock wool or stone wool is suitable for all types of insulation. By using rock wool, floors, walls and roofs are provided with a fire-resistant and sound-proof insulation. Due to the composition of this insulation material, your home will be free of mould and rot. Rockwool is the most used brand. Rock wool consists of a combination of diabase and basalt. The stones are melted down at a temperature of 1400 degree Celsius and then processed into threads in a so-called spinner. The sheets of rock wool in combination with a binding agent are created in a hardening furnace. Rock wool is often available in two ways, namely as sheets or as a blanket. For large surfaces it is handy to use rock wool blankets, but if there is a lot of cut-off than sheets are more user-friendly. There are so-called delta sheets to insulate sloping roofs. Delta sheets are triangular which reduces the cutting waste. Delta sheets are easy to manoeuvre under a sloping roof.
PIR sheets are ideal for roofs and floors. PIR stands for PolyIsocyanuRate. PIR insulation is easy to install due to its light weight.
Because the PIR sheets hardly absorb any moist, it is not necessary to use a damp shield. You only have to tape the seams of the compact PIR sheets for a perfect insulation. There are special PIR sheets with bitumen available for flat roofs. When sawing or cutting the sheets no fibres are released which may cause irritation of the skin. The PIR sheets from Recticel are used the most by professional construction companies for PIR insulation. PIR sheets are very thin which provides extra space. The sheets do not absorb any moisture, so their thickness will not change. PIR offers a constant insulation of heat and sound. If you want to use PIR as floor insulation, you will be assured that PIR will not dent and the floor will remain level.
Wood wool is an environmentally friendly insulation option. Made of spruce wood form Northern Europe. Finnish forest areas are managed sustainably and this type of insulation can also be fully recycled.
Gutex wood wool is mainly used by people who want to insulate ecologically. In recent years the demand for building sustainably has increased enormously and therefore environmentally alternatives in construction materials are looked at more and more. Wood wool is suitable for insulating floors, ceilings, interior walls, facades and roofs. Available in flexible and stabile sheets. Both the sound as heat are properly retained within the home and provide a comfortable living experience.
Jackon XPS is a light insulation sheet. XPS is extremely moisture-resistant and has a compact structure, making it pressure-resistant. The XPS sheets are made of eXtruded PolyStyrene, better known as rigid foam. XPS can best be used to insulate damp areas.
Although basements, cavity walls, facades and inverted roofs can best be insulated with XPS, it is not wise to use XPS with flat roofs. XPS bends when the temperature goes above 80 degree Celsius. Because XPS does not absorb any moisture, this type of insulation is free of mould and rot. XPS sheets are available in various thicknesses and depending on what you want to insulate you can always ask for advice on the best thickness for your project.
EPS isolation from Mapei Mapetherm can best be used for floor insulation through a crawl space. EPS is made of Expanded PolyStyrene, commonly known as polystyrene foam. The structure of the polystyrene foam ensures that stagnant air is retained. So the volume of a standard EPS sheet consists of 98% stagnant air. EPS sheets do not require any further maintenance after attachment. Insects and vermin will not nest in this material and thanks to the dense structure rot and mould do not stand a chance. EPS insulation ensures a well-insulated floor and is not flammable. The sheets can be supplied in a tongue and groove shape for better sealing. With this system the sheets slide together for a good seal.
Foam glass or cell glass are names for the same type of insulation.
Cell glass is for 68% made of recycled glass and for 32% made of a combination of manganese oxide, iron oxide, sodium sulphate and feldspar. These raw materials are combined and from the melting furnace the liquid substance is poured into a sheet or block form. The result is called cell glass and is a sustainable form of insulation. Cell glass has a hard texture so this insultation does not expand or shrink due to temperature fluctuations. Cell glass is also not affected by moisture, rot, mould and vermin. Cell glass has a lifespan of 50 years.
You can purchase all these types of insulation at Isolo. Are you looking for a type of insulation or construction that is not listed in our standard assortment? No worries, we can probably also provide this. Please contact us and we are happy to help you.