bubble insulation

  • InfraStop® Bubble Insulation in Costa Rica: Under Metal Roof, Over Metal Purlins with Furring

    What a great project.  Look at InfraStop® insulation in action in this beautiful masonry home in Costa Rica.  We spoke with our customer M.F prior to him building his home.  He told us he wanted to use our insulation and explained the building and roof design.  We developed a good a rapport from there.

    Take a look at the project photos he forwarded to us.  Even though this is a beautiful masonry home, the roof structure and design is very similar to what we do with metal buildings here in the United States.  Notice the addition of wood furring over the purlins.  This creates a solid thermal break and eliminates the need for the recommended ¾” drape for this same installation without furring strips.

    A masonry home with a metal roof located in the tropics is a perfect InfraStop® project.  All of the attributes of the insulation are needed and InfraStop® fills them all.  A low profile, moisture proof insulation that reflects radiant heat, provides a vapor barrier, and provides some decent R-value.  Plus, when looking at the cost of all your building components, the cost of InfraStop® is minimal.

    Thank you very much for the images M.F.  Thank you for sharing.  We wish you well with your beautiful home.  Thank you for being our customer.

  • Insulating HVAC Ducts Can Save Big Bucks

    If you haven't looked at your HVAC ducts lately, or ever, you may be losing money every time the system comes on. The ductwork connected to the HVAC system carries the heated or cooled air to various parts of the home. However, it the ducts are not insulated, some of the temperature from the air duct escapes through transfer. In fact, the Department of Energy reports that up to 20 percent of air is lost through uninsulated ducts. Preventing this is easily accomplished using the right HVAC insulation material.

    Why Energy Transfer Is Bad

    In addition to heat escaping from the HVAC ducts, there are other factors that can impact energy loss from your HVAC system. For example, most ducts are located in unfinished areas of the home, primarily the attic, basement and the crawlspace. These areas reach freezing temperatures in winter, and attic temps can reach over 100 degrees in the summer. That is like putting your HVAC ducts into a freezer in the winter and into an oven in the summer. By insulating the ducts, you make them less susceptible to the wide temperature swings of the areas where they are installed.

    How Duct Insulation Works

    Duct insulation works just like the insulation in your attic. It blocks the transfer of air, whether hot or cold, to the duct. Thus, the air inside the duct stays at virtually the same temperature it was when it came out of your HVAC system. The end result is that your HVAC system doesn’t have to constantly turn on and off, which reduces wear and tear and saves you money too. Additionally, you will notice that your home feels more comfortable because it stays at a more consistent temperature.

    Reflective Bubble Insulation Is Best

    There are several types of insulation materials that can be used on HVAC ductwork, including insulation sleeves, foil-backed adhesive foam and fiberglass. However , there is another, newer option. Foil bubble wrap insulation is a duct wrap insulation material that has a reflective material on the exterior that helps to deflect heat away from the duct. In addition, it blocks moisture and condensation from getting into the duct, which is critical. The areas where ducts are typically installed are often high in condensation which can enter the ductwork and then the home. Proper installation of foil bubble wrap requires the uses of spacers to create an air gap between the bubble wrap and the actual duct.

  • New Quick Ship Program Offered

    We are constantly striving to improve our service levels to customers and today we can announce our new Quick Ship program. We carry the industries most extensive offering of reflective insulation. Coupled with our custom roll size capability, there is no project requiring reflective insulation we cannot source.

    Now with the ability to ship selected sizes in one business days we ensure our customers can get material fast. The products within the quick ship program are designed to complete any insulation project. The products are also sized so you are getting the best price for material no matter how large or small your project is.

    Here are the details and products. Orders in before 1pm, EST ship next day.

  • Watch Your InfraStop® Order Being Made!

    We are excited to offer you this exclusive, backstage pass where you can watch and see how your order is produced. Come take a look.

  • Understanding and Buying Reflective Bubble Insulation - The In's and Out's

    So you are looking to buy bubble insulation? Bubble insulation can consist of all types of products in a variety of configurations. As the title of this post is for reflective bubble insulation we will focus only on these products, which we specialize in.

    There are two configurations available, single or double bubble. Single bubble measures out at a nominal 3/16" depending on manufacture and double bubble measures out at a nominal 5/16".

    These two configurations, double and single bubble are offered in two options. The first is foil on both sides of the bubble layers. The second option is foil on one side and white on the other. These are the white/foil or poly white products. White is used in cases where a white interior is preferred. We often see this in shops and metal buildings. In bubble insulation for packaging, you will also see foil only on one side as it is often not required on the other side. Poly white is also typically 10% to 15% less expensive than the foil on both sides product as the white vinyl is less expensive than the reflective aluminum layer.

    Sizes. What sizes are available? Size offerings change from supplier to supplier. At the Insulation Stop, we offer the nation's largest selection of material. From a small 24" x 10' (20 square foot) roll to a custom 10'™ x 125' (1250 square foot) roll, we have everything you require regardless of your application.

    Where is the bubble insulation made? By now you should expect all products you purchase and consume to be made all over the world. This is the same for reflective bubble foil insulation. Products come from Europe, the Middle East, China, Canada, Brazil, and more. Our InfraStop® bubble foil is made here, in the United States.

    Are there differences in product quality? Yes, for sure. Bubble insulation manufacturers make products for various industries including construction and packaging with varying levels of product quality. InfraStop® is created for the residential and commercial construction marketplace making it ideal in any application. A good way to measure the differences in bubble insulation before you purchase is to get bubble insulation samples and compare them against each other. You will be able to quickly tell the winners from the losers.

    Where can I install bubble insulation? Common installations for reflective bubble insulation include metal buildings and pole barns, crawlspace insulation, duct wrap insulation, and general wall and cathedral ceiling insulation. Bubble insulation is also used outside of the construction industry for insulating airplanes, coach buses, recreational vehicles, and for insulation in the construction of limousines. Reflective bubble insulation is also excellent in attics but a more cost effective solution is the sheet like radiant barrier product.

    Another large industry for bubble insulation is in packaging which we touched on before. It is here that you will find all of the other non-reflective bubble insulation that is used in countless packaging applications.

  • Understanding Reflective Insulation: Conversing with a Customer

    We are always happy to speak with our customers. In doing so, we gain an insight into what questions they have regarding using our insulation in their applications.

    After enough conversations, a specific theme appears. For many, unfamiliar with heat transfer concepts, they want to understand exactly how this insulation will help them. Maybe a friend recommended the product or maybe they have found their way into reflective technology on their own. They know they have an application where insulation will help but they just don't know exactly how.

    This blog post is designed to outline the basic principles behind reflective insulation and how it can help you in your projects.

    First and most basic, reflective insulation blocks the transfer of radiant heat. Radiant heat is a primary source of heat transfer in a home. There are only three modes of heat transfer. Most insulation deals with slowing or trapping conductive or convective heat. Reflective insulation works in blocking the third type radiant heat. But what does this mean to you?

    It means there are inexpensive materials available that can help control the comfort in your home and save you money on your utility bills. How can reflective foil insulation do this?

    Remember, heat always flows from hot to cold. Here's an example of how to use a radiant barrier, a class of products primarily used in residential attics. Your home located in Las Vegas, Nevada gets extremely hot in the spring, summer, and fall months. Your home is older so there is not a radiant barrier installed. As the sun heats up the roof deck, this heat is radiated down (hot to cold) into the living space. The installation of a radiant barrier would reflect this heat back into the roof deck and outside not allowing your attic to heat up as much. This reduces the heat transfer to your living space. You in turn will be more comfortable.

    More importantly is when you choose to turn on your air conditioning. Now, you are spending money. Your air conditioning has to work harder to keep your home cool when your attic temperatures are high. There is more radiant heat transfer. Lowering your attic temperatures by installing a radiant barrier will decrease the amount of heat transfer and your air conditioning system will work less and you will save money.

    Here is another example from a cooler climate using foil bubble insulation, a different class of reflective products. Let's say your home is in Chicago and you have in-floor radiant heat between your floor joists with either a basement or crawlspace underneath. In the heating seasons, the heat is running almost continually. The heat emitted from the installed radiant system is transferring heat in all directions. Again, as heat goes to cold, a large majority of this heat will wind up in the basement or crawlspace. Installing foil insulation in between or on the bottom of the floor joists will reflect this heat back towards the floor where it is most effective for you. This causes your heating system to work less, saving you money.

    These two examples should help in understanding how our reflective insulation works for you in both comfort and energy savings. You will notice these examples showed two completely different climates. Once you understand how the product works you can apply this knowledge to your project which is always governed by your local climate. You will notice most southern climates use reflective insulation in attics to stop the sun's heat where northern climates utilize reflective technology in floors, under slabs, crawlspaces, walls, and ductwork to stop the loss of mechanical heat that you pay the heating company for.

    Hopefully this post helps you understand how heat is transferred and how you can control this process by utilizing the correct materials in an effort to save on your energy costs and increase your comfort within your home or building.

  • Installing Reflective Foil Insulation in Existing Metal or Steel Building

    Insulation Stop's reflective foil insulation is designed for use in metal and steel buildings. Not affected by humidity and moisture, foil insulation is a great, low cost investment. Reflective insulation works in all seasons. It keeps heat out in hot summer months, and keeps heat in during winter months when you are paying to heat the building.

    This post is to show you the installation methods for installing insulation in an existing metal or steel building. If you are building new you can see all of the installation methods on our metal building insulation page.

    Here is the retrofit roof application in both foil to the interior or white to the interior. Notice the use of a 1" x 2" furring in this open interior application.

    For insulating side walls, these diagrams will show you examples of both foil and white to the interior.

    We manufacture larger width material to make installation easier. Rolls can be manufactured in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10' lengths. Building and maintaining outbuildings are considerable investments. Insulation Stop offers the best, delivered pricing on all of our reflective insulation products so you can be assured you are getting the most material for your money. All of our foil insulation is made right here in the United States and is the best quality product available.

    Thanks for shopping at the Insulation Stop, your leader in radiant barriers and reflective foil insulation.

  • Sale on Insulation for Metal Buildings and Barns

    For the next 3 weeks we are offering our Tempshield™ reflective one side single bubble foil insulation at unbelievably low prices. This reflective one side, white on the other bubble insulation is the perfect low cost insulation for your steel, metal building or pole barn.

    At either 500 or 750 square feet rolls, our Tempshield™ foil insulation allows you insulate like a pro In fact some metal building installers only use single bubble.

    Our low, delivered price is your best solution for low effective, fast installing insulation for your out-buildings. Shipping is included on all orders at the InsulationStop. All of our insulation is made right here in the United States and is the best bubble foil insulation available. Lead time from point of order to delivery is 5-6 business days. Click the links to view the product sale.

    $106.00 per/roll delivered - Single Bubble White Reflective Insulation: 48" x 125' (500 square feet) $155.00 per/roll delivered - Single Bubble White Reflective Insulation: 72" x 125' (750 square feet)

    Thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, your leader in radiant barriers and reflective bubble foil insulation.

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