Leaving roof timbers exposed, so the charm of natural wood can be enjoyed, has never been more popular than in recent years. In this case, the client wanted a tongue & groove panelled ceiling with the ENTIRE depth of the large rafters exposed. However, achieving Thermal Performance for Building Regulations with all of the insulation on top caused considerable complications. The original suggestion was Traditional Foam Board, but with the current higher regs it meant 150mm depth of board. The builder was concerned about meeting regs with the heavy roof tiles if installed onto 150mm of foam board. The need for additional structural fixings and supports, would also prove to create a bigger challenge of sourcing an appropriate fixing long enough for the job.
He contacted us through the SuperFOIL Contact Us Form hoping we could offer a better solution. We designed a solution using SuperFOIL SF19BB which is both an insulation and a breather membrane in one. No need for any additional membrane or a breather batten. The foam board was reduced by approx. half, making the install much easier, more cost effective and met the requirements for structural integrity of the roof.
“Tools of the Trade”
The right tools make installation a breeze!
SuperFOIL has always been an easy install option when it comes to insulation. But, as with any aspect of construction, having the right tools can make all the difference. The three basic steps to install SuperFOIL are
“Cut, Fix and Seal.” You will need a cutter, a stapler and tape.
SuperFOIL can easily be cut with a Utility Knife or 12” Shears. For bigger jobs and professional installers we recommend a power cutter like the Bosch GUS 10.4v universal cutter.
For stapling SuperFOIL to studs/rafters we recommend using galvanised or stainless steel staples with a heavy duty stapler appropriate to the thickness of the product being installed. For SF19 & SF19BB use 14mm staples, SF19+ use 20mm staples, SF40 use 30mm staples, SF60 use 40mm staples.
We offer 3 types of 100mm wide tape for different uses.
Standard SuperFOIL Tape is suitable for most general installations of SuperFOIL products. SuperFOIL Superior Tape is reinforced, and uses an adhesive that allows it to bond even in cold weather and finally, SuperFOIL Split Back Tape which can be handy in tricky areas where it helps to apply tape to the product while keeping the backing on the exposed side of the tape.
Ask us about our “Tape & Tools” specials!
Loft Conversions Made Easy!
Nick, an experienced loft converter in Norwich, needed a cost effective solution for insulating his clients Loft Conversion. In any construction, it is important to control costs. With current building regulations requiring a u-value of 0.18 in the roof, the cost of a loft conversion can quickly begin to add up. Finding the most cost effective materials that deliver the required performance is one thing, but what if you can find a product that saves money on installation cost as well.
Traditional foam insulation would require at least 140mm, it’s a fiddly, time consuming job of cutting it to fit between the rafters. To make sure that the board fits tightly between the rafters takes a lot of time and there are always gaps, you can’t achieve airtightness and there is a lot of wasted materials, time and money.
That’s why Nick turned to SuperFOIL. After speaking to SuperFOIL ’s technical advisors, Nick was given a solution using SF40 with a 35mm insulated plasterboard under for a u-value of 0.18. Nick was very pleased with the level of support available from the SuperFOIL team who provided u-value calculations for the building inspector and support finding a competitive discount deal from a local builder’s merchant distributor. Not only did he have a solution, now he had the information and confidence of knowing he could achieve his goal and reduce his overall material cost and improved profit margin.
What Nick didn’t expect was just how much easier and faster SuperFOIL was to install compared to cutting and fitting the foam board insulation he was used to. Nick said “the SF40 was installed in no time at all” he continued “it was SO much faster and easier than foam board. The plasterboard is already up and we can get on with the rest of the job!” Job Done!
Concrete Casting – They like it warm!
Next Generation SuperFOIL insulation technology will be rolled out in new high performance concrete modular units at the Laing O’Rourke Pre-Cast Factory.
The same thermal technology that has been used for some years by concrete casting companies to speed up curing and increase productivity to 2 pours a day is now to be used to insulate staff and workforce. This is a major investment in next generation insulation technology for the welfare and comfort of its staff.
SuperFOIL technology was the only technology able to deliver the performance, space saving, low weight and high strength dynamic that the design team required for this class leading project. The thermal efficiency, significant contribution to energy savings and resulting green footprint, made SF40 the most obvious choice.
This step forward by Laing O’Rourke represents a new level of performance, one that all pod and modular manufacturers will be aspiring to. Everything from modular prisons, kit hotels and disasterrelief shelters, to rapid deployment accommodation for the NGO’s will benefit from the technology that’s been incorporated in this project. The combination of high performance, air-tightness and radiant barrier from this easy to use, lightweight and dust-free material is unmatched by traditionalinsulation. SuperFOIL SF40 used in this project was supplied by the Nottingham Branch of Encon Insulation.
SuperFOIL, the future of insulation.
Evolution of Insulation
As Building Regulations require improved levels of thermal performance, the need for higher performing insulation has become more important than ever. Many insulation technologies are stuck in the Past and have to rely on adding significant thickness to achieve the required thermal performance.
This is why SuperFOIL is the obvious insulation solution for the Future. When Building Regulations were planning to increase thermal requirements in 2010 & 2014, SuperFOIL was already working hard to develop products to meet this demand head on. By doing this we now have the highest performing and most diverse range of Multifoil Insulation on the market.
Next Generation Multifoils SF40 & SF60 offer the ultimate technological advances in multifoil performance. Continuing to improve thermal performance when traditional insulation has remained the same.
SF40 leads the way with LABC System Approval RD199-0512 offering solutions that maximise performance while further reducing overall build costs and thickness by minimising the need for additional insulation. SF40 is the best choice for great performance and value.
The Future is here with SF60, The World’s Highest Performing Multifoil! There is no competition for SF60’s high performance, providing current “new build” Building Regulation in a wall installation without the need for additional insulation. SF60 offers maximum performance when only the best will do!
If you need assistance selecting which SuperFOIL product is best for you, please contact us on 01636 639900
National BIM Library & NBS Plus
SuperFOIL are Happy to announce that our range of Multi Foil insulations are now available on both the NBS National BIM Library as well as NBS Plus.
Changes to Building Regulations and the increasing pressures to build cost effective, efficient homes in terms of not only thermal performance are the challenges we all face. Investigating and trying new methods and techniques is essential to progress and finding new ways to do things are the most enjoyable aspects for many.
SuperFOIL products offer you new ways to address the challenge. See for your self and visit NBS and BIM Library, and find out just how easy it is to specify SuperFOIL Just search for “Superfoil” in the NBS Plug-In, then drag and drop the SuperFOIL product into your model, complete with all technical specifications. This allows you, at a click of a button, to automatically create an outline specification from the design model.
SuperFOIL Announce Two New Products, SF19BB & SF19+.
SF19BB is SuperFOIL’s first fully BREATHABLE INSULATION. It is a high performance and very competitive BREATHABLE INSULATION its new construction and design outperform other manufacturers with its excellent R value of R 2.45 for a wall and R2.16 for a roof. Breathable Insulations save on time and materials by providing both the secondary rain barrier breathable membrane and insulation at the same time, this can reduce installation time and save on extra battens. Benefiting from advanced sonic construction techniques and advanced lamination developments and nano technology. SF19BB is creating better options for solutions as low as U0.10. SF19BB comes in new convenient rolls that are 1.5m wide by 10m long, of 15 square meters. Rolls are available from stock with special new product incentives and offers.
Also new in 2015 is SF19+, an advanced version of SuperFOIL’s favourite reflective insulation SF19. This is the ”BLACK EDITION” more power , more performance. SF19+ benefits from improved performance from advanced production techniques as developed for our other new products. Benefiting from advanced sonic construction techniques and advanced lamination developments with nano technology. BLACK EDITION SF19+ provides R values of R2.97 for walls and R2.49 for Roofs. Creating better options for solutions as low as U0.10. The insulation comes in new convenient rolls that are 1.5m wide by 10m long, of 15 square meters. With special new product incentives and offers.
SuperFOIL & Polyethylene DPC
We were recently asked how SFUF stacked up against a typical Polyethylene DPC. The first difference is that SFUF is a reflective insulation while DPC is not; it’s a damp proof membrane.
SFUF contains layers of high performance laminated foil materials. In particular SFUF includes two layers of SFTV, SuperFOILs high performance fully woven foil material which is both waterproof, water vapour (VCL) and CE certified.
Our technicians compared performance testing to EN standards for both products and found that the materials in SFUF are as waterproof as any typical PE DPM. Right-click and “save as” here for a comparison of performance standards (spreadsheet in .xls format).
SFTV is W1 waterproof (which is the high standard of waterproofing). A 1200 gauge PE DPS is also W1 waterproof. You may see products that are labelled waterproof, but if they are not labelled W1 then they may be W2 or even W3 a lower performance. A W2 or W3 labelled product may only be considered shower proof or waterproof when protected (e.g. like a material that can be used only in the cavity of a cavity wall).
W1 is the standard needed for use on a roof as it will withstand driving rain, if a material is not stated as being able to be used on roofs it may be W2 or W3.
What about water vapour permeability?
The laminated fully woven aluminium foils that make up SFTV are also impermeable to water vapour, Polyethylene DPCs are not. PE is basically similar to material as a regular sandwich or freezer bag, just much thicker in a DPC.
PE does not create a barrier like a layer of aluminium metal can and with PE osmosis will occur. Where there is water pressure differential water will “pass” which is why DPCs are only used to tackle capillary action damp and they are not used where there is standing water.
SFTV is a fully woven construction, it’s much stronger than Polyethylene and does not stretch like a PE material. SFUF has the benefit that it has not 1 but 2 layers of SFTV and there are protective layers of foam and secondary thinner foil layers that provide additional performance protection. The SFTV material in SFUF has comparable performance to typical 1200 gauge PE DPMs
SFTV has passed the same European Standard as a DPC; EN1928 (the standard of waterproof performance) and is W1 waterproof. In EN standard testing SFTV is superior in strength and vapour control.
We hope this little article helps you appreciate how SFUF makes your important construction projects better.
It’s Nice To Be Appreciated
We like to ensure that users receive good service with their SuperFOIL needs and praise couldn’t be higher than this recent glowing tribute to the staff at SCP Building Supplies who have a prominent SuperFOIL display and an excellent depth of product knowledge.
"Brilliant - all good, order placed for 8 rolls of SF60 and sundry bits this am from local distributor, SCP Building Supplies. Excellent distributors btw, knowledgeable and efficient staff."
Well done to all at SCP Building Supplies Devon!
SF40 The Versatile Insulation
Paul wanted a good level of insulation in the new extension to his home that he is self building. He is installing underfloor heating, and it’s a difficult combination of new and old. Part of it will be the original house and part of it the new extension. Therefore he wanted to be sure he had a high level of insulation under his underfloor heating pipes and it had to be flexible and easy to adapt.
He also wanted to make most of reflecting the underfloor radiant heat upwards into the home, the radiant barrier that SF40 provides and the air tightness are additional benefits.
The solution; Paul fitted SF40 over his joists, with the Underfloor heating pipe over the SF40. Then he fitted battens to lay the floor on. Now he has a well insulated floor that is air tight and has a radiant barrier. The flexibility of the material made it easy to install and minimised any waste.
SuperFOIL Solutions for roofs walls and floors.
SuperFOIL The Master Class.
Timber frame Experts Westructure in Devon, acknowledged through the UK for their stunning custom homes which have appeared on Chanel 4′s Grand Design TV show, conducted a masterclass for their extensive team of expert timber framers. The masterclass covered all aspects of fitting SuperFOIL into a timber frame, including walls and roofs.
The masterclass legacy is a permanent display to show their custom home clients the many advantages of SuperFOIL.
Greetings from Zagreb
One enthusiastic SuperFOIL customer in Zagreb Croatia sent this photo of his SuperFOIL SF19 install. Our experience is Eastern European countries are keen to take advantage technical advancements. This application was SF19, but the worlds highest performance multifoil insulation SF60 and our double performance SF40 are very popular in the east of Europe.
While regulations in Zagreb don’t require the standards that are the norm in the UK people are keen to leap frog from old technology to new technology to get the benefits that technology brings:
- high performance insulation
- radiant barrier
- air tightness
which combine to give exceptionally low energy use.
April 2014 Building Regulations Part L for Insulation
The regulations have increased building insulation requirements as high as U 0.13
SuperFOIL have already had solutions for U values down to as low as U 0.11. We have a wide range of solutions to satisfy the new standards.
The target levels for different elements within a building can be seen below:
|Element||2006 Regs||2010 Regs||2014 Regs|
SuperFOIL U-Value Solutions
We have a number of solutions to meet or exceed the new building regulations in roofs, floors and walls. For more information please call us on 01636 639900 or email email@example.com.
SFips are SuperFOIL strong
One of the UKs leading Timber frame manufacturers put SuperFOIL‘s SFips to the test this week, with the Timber Frame Factory Director personally jumping up on onto the SFips panel to test it with his own weight to see how strong it really was. There is nothing like getting to grips personally with a product and SuperFOIL passed the test with flying colours.
All SuperFOIL insulation uses a fully woven outer composite foil material, it’s leading the industry in performance, designed to be strong enough for safety during on site installation and for off site factory installation prior to site delivery. SuperFOIL is strong enough to handle all the usual construction conditions. To find out more about SFips get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
LABC Registered Detail 2014
LABC registered detail certification has been confirmed for 2014. SuperFOIL appreciates the confidence of the LABC in confirming LABC Registered Detail for SuperFOIL in 2014.
SuperFOIL believe greatly in the benefit of LABC registration which we have supported since its inception.
In a globally changing world where even within Europe there are a variety of progressions of standards, LABC have sought to find a route that has the best of all worlds for the UK consumers. LABC approval is seen as a badge of product quality in the UK and far and wide in Europe.
Lofts – Cash Converters
With Loft converters worried about the rising cost of foam board and the new building regulations. SuperFOIL were asked by one of the countries leading Loft Converters to work out savings using SuperFOIL solutions.
On a comparison of materials SuperFOIL is the most competitive every time. For the new building regulations those savings increase by up to 200%. When you also include the savings from less waste, speed of install, savings on manpower, reduced storage and transport and not forgetting the airtightness, vapour barrier and radiant barrier you can see why modern SuperFOIL solutions are better and more economical than traditional foam board solutions.
|Traditional Board Spec||Target U-Value||SuperFOIL Spec||Saving (per square meter)|
|Vertical Wall Sections – 90mm Between Studs||0.28||SF40
(exceeds target U-value)
|Flat Roof Sections – 100mm Between + 40mm Below||0.18||SF40
+ 50mm Board Between
|Flat Roof Sections – 100mm Between + 40mm Below||0.18||SF40
+ 35mm Board Below
|Ceiling Level Insulation 100mm between + 50mm Under||0.16||SF40
+ 50mm Board Below
|Sloping Roof Sections – 80mm Between + 50mm Below||0.18||SF40
+ 35mm Board Below
|Traditional Board Spec||Target U-Value||SuperFOIL Spec||Saving (per square meter)|
|Vertical Wall Sections – 160mm Between Studs||0.18||SF60||£5.85|
|Flat Roof Sections – 100mm Between + 90mm Below||0.13||SF40 Duet (2 Layers)||£3.71|
|Sloping Roof Sections – 100mm Between + 90mm Below||0.13||SF40 Duet (2 Layers)||£3.71|
SFips Timber Frame Panel Production
Our camera caught the action during production of the first SFips panels at a leading timber frame supplier. SFips are the insulation industries latest development to meet the new 2014 regulations coming in this month.
SFips, is short for Superfoil Insulated Panel System, SFips meet the new 2014 thermal performance standards by factory fitting 1 single layer of the worlds highest performance multifoil insulation.
The benefit of SFips timber frame panels are that the construction is factory controlled, giving a high precision, high performance timber frame that can be significantly slimmer than the majority of glass wool or foam board panels.
Walls thickness has grown a lot as thermal performance regulations have become tougher, with walls often in excess of 350mm thick. Thinner walls give home owners more floor space for the same price, or allow better development of a site as less site area has to devoted to the walls. In a tight site with multiple dwellings the wall savings can even result in space for extra rooms or even an entire dwelling.
SFips are economical on materials as well as manpower, with less timber, less waste, less cutting and less storage. SFips factory based production is not affected by the weather. Factory made SFips guarantee efficiency in every aspect.
SFips Timber frame panels are transported to site already insulated, as well as water and air tight complete with a radiant barrier, reducing construction time even further. SFips provide a ready made service cavity and all services are contained with in the warm envelope which not only protects them from the cold but ensure there are no penetrations that can affect air tightness and reduce thermal performance.
To inquire about SFips for your project contact Terry.email@example.com
Cold weather, is it a sticky issue for you?
Superfoil has both standard tape and a high performance cold weather tape, using tape on insulation reduces the passage of air and improves efficiency. It’s always recommended that you “seal” when insulating to reduce or eliminate any passage of air.
Superfoil cold weather tape is a higher performance tape and makes the task easy and efficient. A customer called Vincent had the following to say:
This tape is infinitely better than the previous foil. Sticks just as well, but is much easier to apply and use. Many thanks
Ask for Superfoil Cold Weather tape when specifying, it’s 100mm wide by 40m long.
Barn Conversion: SF40 Leads The Way!
Ensuring a good performance on a barn conversion is a detail that needs a lot of attention. Barn converter Andrew saw the benefits of SF40, including the flexibility, high performance and easy to achieve air tightness, without the drawbacks of thermal bridging when using board between timbers (even in an existing building that can have its own peculiarities of construction).
SF40 in 2 layers provides solutions to around the U0.13 level of efficiency.
SFips A Shining Example Of High Tech Insulation
Using SFips this super insulated building boasts performance exceeding current and even new building regulations due in April. To find out how SFips (the Superfoil Insulated Panel System) using SF60, the worlds highest performance multifoil insulation, can meet your needs contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.