Fiberglass insulation is fabricated to promote better indoor air quality and greater energy efficiency. Fiberglass Batt insulation delivers superior thermal and accoustic performance expected from home insulation at the same time delivering a healthier indoor air quality.
Batts are pre-cut panels of insulation usually made from Fiberglass that comes in a variety of color, lengths, widths and R-value. Batt insulation offers several options when considering it for your home. Although some people like to install batt insulation themselves, it really should be left to the professionals to prevent air leakage which is quite common when done by an amateur. Thermal performance of batts relies heavily on proper installation of the batt as well as the vapour barrier.
Batt insulation is an easy and cost effective way to lower monthly heating and cooling bills. You can choose to insulate with batts either by building code or by Energy Star Specifications. Insultech is glad to offer both pricing options on your quote.
This “Green” product is an energy efficient insulating material with the highest R-Value Rating (6 per inch) and is truly the future of insulation. This Zero Ozone depletion substance is made up of Recycled plastics and renewable vegetable oils. Save 40-50% on Energy cost in Comparison to the conventional Batt Insulation.
Polarfoam Soya meets all the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). This “All-In-One Wall System” gives in a one step application a high long-term thermal resistance, an air-barrier material as well as a vapour barrier. Approved by Canadian Construction Material Centre CCMC#13244-L
By creating a sealed air barrier and eliminating air exfiltration, Polarfoam PF-7300-0 Soya fully adheres to provide a seamless, monolithic air barrier that conforms to irregular shapes and allows easy detailing around penetrations. Its closed cell rigid polyurethane foam formulation creates an effective, rigid, seamless and durable air barrier. There is no air space between the insulation material and the substrate, no joints, no glue, no mechanical fasteners and no convection air movement. With this foam you get 100% of the insulating value during the lifetime of the building.
In a nutshell this product insulates, strengthens and seals in one application. As a water repellant, it also resists mould and mildew and does not contribute in any way to their growth. Polarfoam is the perfect insulation especially if you suffer from Allergies because it creates a healthier, Cleaner In-home environment by sealing out dust and pollen. This expanding foam fills and seals all cracks. Commonly used for Basements, Crawlspaces, Cathedral ceiling, Porch overhangs and anywhere else that requires insulation. The best R-Value for your buck!
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Low Density foam is an open cell product that requires a vapour barrier to be installed over the top in contrast to a medium density foam such as Polarfoam. This Foam inflates to as much as 130 times its original volume in a matter of seconds. During the expansion process it will completely seal any gaps, cracks or voids preventing any air leakage.
Low Density foam is also a good option for sound attenuation as it eliminates vibration of any plumbing or duct work or sounds of people walking or talking
A wise choice for almost any project and is a much more cost effective solution for those with tight budgets.
Cellulose and Fiberglass blown insulation are the most common types of insulation used for attics today. Upgrading the attic is one of the best ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency. These days most attics do not have enough insulation or has insulation that isn’t working as well as it should be.
How does Fiberglass insulation compare with Cellulose insulation materials? Before we begin we would like to state that Insultech promotes and installs both products as great solutions for your attic upgrades.
Fiberglass and Cellulose insulation can be blown into an attic at nearly any R-Value. We recommend that you have at least an R-50. Higher R-Value means greater insulating value. Ice damning is a sure sign that you need an attic upgrade.
Fiberglass loose-fill insulation (blowing wool) may settle slightly (1-3%) resulting in virtually no impact on the thermal performance of the insulation.
In Contrast, cellulose insulation not only settles to a much greater degree (approximately 20%), but also at a higher rate. Installers must account for the settling of cellulose over time by installing additional insulation to compensate. How much will depend on the product.
Fiberglass insulation is made primarily of sand and glass fibers. It is naturally non-combustible and therefore requires no additional fire-retardant chemical treatments.
Cellulose insulation is made primarily of ground-up or shredded newspaper, which is naturally combustible. To protect against fire, cellulose insulation is heavily treated with fire retardant chemicals. Though cellulose is treated with fire retardants, it is not fire fireproof. This means the insulation could still burn if exposed to a heat source.
Fiberglass insulation (as long as it is not saturated) will dry out if exposed to moisture and retain its original R-Value.
Because cellulose is made from shredded newspaper, it will absorb and hold moisture, reducing energy savings. If soaked, cellulose will mat down and the thermal performance can be permanently reduced. Not only does the insulation efficiency suffer, but moisture can affect other building components, such as wood studs, drywall and metal building components. Moisture can also lead to a number of additional indoor air quality problems by promoting mold and mildew growth.
Any type of attic insulation can be installed over any other type fiberglass over cellulose, cellulose over fiberglass, it makes no difference. Each yields an R-factor of approximately R3.5 per inch.
Make sure your roof is free of leaks before upgrading your attic. You must also have sufficient roof vents as well as sufficient vents in the soffit space for best results. The hatch or entrance to the attic should also be upgraded and plumbing stacks sealed to prevent air leaks.
Drill and Fill
Many older houses are improperly insulated, if there is any insulation at all. This can have a large impact on your heating and cooling bills. Loose-fill insulation or Pour Foam can be blown or installed into your walls by this method to increase the efficiency of your house, significantly decreasing your heating and cooling expenses.
The most difficult part of this project is figuring out where to drill access holes into your walls (and there will be several). First we determine what will be the easiest surface to repair once the insulation is installed. If your siding can be easily removed and replaced, you might consider removing a row of siding and installing from the outside of the house. Otherwise holes will be drilled inside your house near the ceiling of each level and installed from the interior.
You will need to hire another trade to repair the walls and paint. Plaster walls can especially be unpredictable and therefore always recommend a specializing trade. Let us know if you need a recommendation as we often work with professional trades to get you the best aesthetic outcome for your project.
We cannot guarantee a 100% coverage with this process. With the Drill and Fill method we are insulating areas that are hidden. Any voids discovered after removal of drywall or Siding will be subject to a return fee. We can guarantee approximately 90-98% depending on the situation. For 100% coverage it is always best to expose areas needing insulation and to use a different method.
Certainteed Smart Membrane:
This membrane "breathes" to allow moisture to excape the walls instead of stay trapped within them. Used in place of standard vapour barrier but looks the same. Available to you upon request.
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