What is the Best R Value for Insulation?

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They say that true genius lies in simplicity. One such example of this is the invention of Insulation. Insulation is such a simple concept that has proven to be so effective time and time again, and it has been used in countless applications with great success. To understand insulation, let us examine it in its most contained form–the esky. An esky is basically a box designed to keep drinks cold on a hot day, and since an esky is generally well insulated–it tends to be great at doing its job. In general, materials are either conductive or non-conductive, meaning that heat can easily or non-easily pass through it. The material that insulates an esky is non-conductive, meaning that it is difficult for heat to pass through it, which explains why your drinks stay cold for hours even when its heating up outside.

On the contrary, there are materials that are great at conducting heat, and serve their own purposes. An example of this is a kettle. Kettles tend to be made of metal and need to allow as much heat to pass from the heat source into the kettle itself to heat up the water rapidly. The kettle’s handle, on the other hand, is usually made of a material such as plastic. This is because plastic is not a good conductor of heat and allows you to handle the kettle, even while it is boiling hot.

Foil insulation takes this concept, and makes it even more efficient by using similar principles to prevent heat from entering and escaping a building. The reflective surface of foil insulation takes heat and reflects it back out, denying its entry into your premises. At Foilboard, we create high quality foil insulation with various Foilboard R value ratings. The R value rating is essentially a gauge on how effective the insulation is at preventing heat conduction.

What Kind of Insulation is Available?

At Foilboard, we have carefully designed three main types of insulation, each of which were created for a different part of the construction of a building. These are Underfloor Insulation, Wall Insulation, and Cathedral Ceiling Insulation.

Did you know that despite the fact that heat rises, a surprising amount of it still escapes through your floors? Underfloor Insulation prevents this from happening, using our unique insulation technology. By significantly improving the thermal efficiency of your home, Foilboard Underfloor Insulation can be used in retrofit insulation, timber floor insulation, and concrete floor insulation.

Wall Insulation is recommended for all homes, as it is an essential way to make any building more efficient. By installing Wall Insulation, you should see a decrease in the need to run air conditioners and heaters, and therefore a notable reduction in your energy bills.

The ceiling is the one area of a building where most of the heat escapes, and it is therefore important to make sure your ceiling is well insulated. Cathedral Ceiling Insulation was specifically created to help eliminate the issues inherent in trying to insulate a cathedral ceiling. Due to the small cavity sizes that are created as a result of the shape of a cathedral ceiling, it can become challenging to effectively and correctly fit regular insulation in the space. As long as it is installed correctly, Foilboard Cathedral Insulation is guaranteed to leave no gaps, and therefore prevents moisture penetration, corrosion, rot, and mold build up.

Selecting the R Value that is right for you

Its natural to assume that it is best to simply choose the insulation with the highest R value rating for your building. While there is no harm in doing so, it may not actually be necessary and you can save . It is best to have professional insulation installers assess your space and help you determine what R value is required to sufficiently insulate it. Depending on various factors, each individual home requires a different level of insulation.

If you would like to find out more, or simply begin insulating your home, contact us today on 1800 354 717.

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