What You Need to Understand about Foil Insulation
When it comes to insulation, people have a lot of options at their disposal. Whether it’s fiber glass insulation, polystyrene insulation or foil insulation...
When it comes to choosing insulation for your property, nowadays, there are many different options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for silver insulation, aluminium foil insulation, or reflective insulation – it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Especially when everything you read is full of industry jargon. For this reason, many people settle for the traditional types. People just accept all the mess and awkwardness of fitting that comes with these types of insulation.
However, gone are the days of having to settle for traditional types of insulation. With all this choice at our fingertips, it’s about time we started making informed decisions and took matters into our own hands.
Due to people being familiar with more traditional forms of insulation, such as PIR boards and mineral wool, the newer types of insulation often get overlooked. (New kinds of insulation include methods such as foil wrap insulation or thermal foil insulation). Avoiding these new types of insulation is a huge mistake, as these more unknown types offer a lot more bang for your buck in most cases!
So, what exactly is reflective foil insulation, and what do you need to know about it?
Foil Insulation – What is it?
Firstly, foil insulation isn’t just a layer of tin foil with some stuffing thrown in for good measure. Multifoil insulation is a high-tech solution made from many layers of reflective aluminium foil, thermo-foam and polypropylene (wadding to you and me). Although multifoil insulation is made from layers, the build-up of the multifoil remains slimline whilst still offering outstanding therm insulation performance.
Our range of multifoil insulation works by reflecting heat and trapping air between the individual insulation layers, preventing heat loss. By doing this, multifoil insulation allows for a much higher thermal performance using less insulation. As well as that, due to aluminium foils reflective properties, multifoil acts as a radiant barrier. Thanks to this quality, multifoil insulation keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
3 Things You Need to Think About Before Choosing Your Foil Insulation
Before you can understand what benefits aluminium reflective foil insulation offers, it’s essential to know what aspects you have to consider regarding the installation process.
SuperFOIL insulation is designed to be installed in a continuous layer, rather than being cut to fit between rafters and studs. By installing in this method, not only are you making installation simpler for yourself, but you are also avoiding cold bridging issues and also eliminating gaps in your insulation which could lead to draughts and lack of performance from your insulation. Multifoil insulation is also a fully flexible product, meaning it is easier to use where you have curves/bends unlike more traditional types of insulation.
No, we haven’t spelt ceiling wrong. We are talking about ensuring your foil insulation is fully sealed once in place. By ensuring your insulation is sealed, you will be achieving maximum performance from your foil insulation. Sealing is easy to do with multifoil insulation, done by using foil tape over all joints, gaps, and tears. It takes a little bit of time to do. Still, by completing this, you will notice a considerable difference in draughts throughout your home.
Multifoil insulation produces very little mess, and practically no waste, unlike foam board which creates an extraordinary amount of both! As well as this, it requires no unique protective clothing or breathing equipment, unlike other types of insulation. Foil insulation contains no irritants, meaning you can handle it without gloves. You could even install foil insulation in shorts and bare-chested if that’s what you fancy!
Is Foil Insulation the Solution for Me?
Ultimately this is what matters. Is thermal insulation foil right for you? We’d like to say YES. Multifoil insulation has a lot of benefits over more traditional types of insulation, and taking advantage of these is something you definitely won’t regret doing.
If you are looking for a bit of quick reading, here is the summary of what foil insulation has to offer!
- 3 in 1 product – Offering you insulation, a radiant barrier and a vapour control layer or breathable membrane (depending on the product chosen).
- Easy installation – the thought of insulating your home may be a daunting one, however, the installation of multifoil is very quick and simple. The insulation is also very lightweight so it is easy to handle, store and move about when needed.
- No loss of thermal performance – You won’t have to be worrying about replacing your foil insulation anytime soon. Due to compaction, damage, and moisture-related issues, many traditional insulations tend to lose their thermal performance over time. However, with foil insulation, this isn’t a concern. Its design will keep it working to the best of its abilities for years to come.
- Lower energy bills – by keeping the heat levels in check all year round, rather than just in the winter, so you will see your energy bills reduce in the long run. So the insulation ends up paying for itself as time goes by.
- Sustainable – The SuperFOIL products are made from up to 40 % recycled materials and have a lifespan of 50 + years!
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Why Choose SuperFOIL?
At SuperFOIL, we have a team of highly experienced professionals dedicated to saving space and money on your projects. Our foil insulation products are suitable for all building types, including flat roof and pitched roof insulation projects. We’ve worked with a vast range of clients, from campervan conversions to offices; we’ve done it all. Please take a look at our case studies to see the range of works we’ve completed. All SuperFOIL insulation products are tested and certified by the BBA, meaning you can have peace of mind using our foil insulation.
Interested in learning more about Foil Insulation?
Get in touch on 01636 556 797 and have a chat with one of our technical advisors about how our multifoil insulation could be a suitable solution for your project. Take a browse through our product section – we have a wide range of products for insulation. You are sure to find a type of insulation suitable for your needs.
Our Foil Insulation Products Are Certified By:
By installing our foil insulation products, you could see an increase in performance of up to 15% against traditional forms of insulation.
Independently tested by 3rd party certified labs & notified bodies to comply with UK building regulations. SuperFOIL insulations are suitable for construction to both UK & Eu standards such as CE.
Thermal performance testing has been undertaken by BBA ( British Board of Agrément) to BS EN ISO 12667, ISO 8301. BBA are an internationally accredited laboratory certified to UKAS standards. We have also had our product range’s certified to comply with UK, EU & CE regulations by highly respected groups such as BBA, LABC, DIBT & ZAG. These 3rd party accreditation and approvals help to streamline building regulation applications to save you time & money.
All of our products are tested in the same way as all other insulation’s within the UK. Our foil insulations meet building regulations BR443 Part ‘L’ so that you can be sure you are comparing performance on a like for like basis. We believe our multifoil insulation also adds additional performance not covered by standard testing. This is due to the benefits of increased airtightness, which reduces heat loss through convention (such as draughts) and by providing a radiant barrier.
Take advantage of our free insulation guide; an in-depth look into everything you need to know for insulating your project.