INSULATION

Maximizing the comfort of your home 

 

Insulation is the component of a wall system that provides thermal control.  It can be installed within a wall structure or on top of a wall structure, depending on the material used.  The thermal properties of a wall system will be determined by the combination of the structure and insulation components.  The most common measure of thermal properties is the “R-value”, which is the resistance of a particular material to the flow of heat energy.  Other factors that can affect the thermal properties of a wall are air tightness, thermal bridging, and moisture levels.  Air tightness is achieved through diligence in the construction details of a wall system.  Thermal bridging refers to the heat transfer through non-insulating materials the touch the inside and outside of a wall structure, like the studs in a frame wall or the doors and windows in a wall.  Different wall structure and insulation combinations will be more effective in dealing with thermal bridging. Moisture levels will be determined by the water and vapour control layers of a wall system.  The overall thermal properties of a wall system will have a significant impact the comfort and energy efficiency of the interior space.  Learn more about insulation material options:

MINERAL WOOL INSULATION

CELLULOSE INSULATION

SHEEPS WOOL INSULATION

WOOD FIBER INSULATION

CEMENTIOUS FOAM INSULATION

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