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.
Recently we were contacted by a customer looking to use our foil insulation for creating outdoor sun shades in a desert application. Take a look at our email correspondence and his project images below. Thanks S.J for sharing your project and using one of our radiant barriers. Thanks also for the descriptive feedback. The results looks great!
Hi, I have an unusual application, and I wonder if this product would work. I live in the desert in an RV, and the direct sun here is unbearable. It heats the sides of the RV until the heat comes through.
I made 9' tall "curtains" out of 90% sunblock shade cloth (like they use in greenhouses) that cover the entire sides of the RV from the roof line, down to about 18" from the ground, and they are suspended about 8" away from the sides of the RV to allow for airflow.
Unfortunately, the sun is SO hot, that the UV & heat is mostly going right through the cloth, so I had the idea to use a product like this to line the back side of the shade cloth curtains. They are only attached to the rv at the top, and hang freely, so on a windy day they do blow & move with the breeze.
Would this product be durable and effective for this application, or would it come apart in the breeze, or from the direct sun and rain storms?
Thank you very much for your help, have a great day. S.J
After following up with S.J we were pleased that to hear his response. See below:
Hi Nick, Yes, I have used it and I'm impressed so far. It's strong, and hopefully it will not tarnish or dull from the UV & weather exposure.
I used it to line between the beams under my solar panels which are mounted flat on the roof, and it definitely lowered the temperature of the roof. I also made curtains to use under the shadecloth curtains I mentioned to you earlier. In addition to the aluminum tape you sent (which tears very easily, and would not have been nearly enough on it's own) I used nylon filament tape to go around all edges on the back side & every few inches across the seams under the foil tape to give strength & provide anchor points along the bottom. I also used heavy shipping tape on the back side to reinforce the seams. I have 1" nylon webbing that I plan to use to sew all seams & edges with in the future, once I make sure the curtains will last.
I did take a pic of the roof under the panels, it's attached below. I'll take pics of the curtains too.
Thanks and have a great day. S.J
Thank you H.J. for submitting pictures of your indoor riding ring. This beautiful post and frame building has a metal roof and side walls. The roof is insulated with InfraStop® double bubble white foil insulation giving an excellent radiant barrier to the exterior and clean white finish to the interior. The decorative trusses look great. We wish you good luck with your building and horses!
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.
We are making a few changes to the website. If you are one of our regular customers you will certainly notice the front page has changed. If you have never shopped with us before, welcome to the latest version of our website. We are continually trying to improve your buying experience.
A major change, and one that directly benefits you our consumer, is that we have teamed up with Shopper Approved. You can see their icon in the right column off of our home page.
Shopper Approved is a customer review and rating service that interacts with you to gain insights on the products and service levels we provide. The reviews and comments you will find are from actual customers of ours. We think this addition to our website is a great way to build trust with our future customers as well as let our existing customers express their thoughts and opinions regarding their shopping experience with us.
Please note, we have always believed in an absolutely hassle free shopping experience. This interaction with Shopper Approved is completely optional and will not get in the way of your shopping experience with us at any time.
We welcome Shopper Approved to our website and hope their service provides value to our customers. Thank you for choosing Insulation Stop as your radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation supplier.
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Mini storage units are commonly used buildings. They give customers extra storage space for their belongings. Because storage units protect people's possessions it is very important for the units to stay dry and keep stable temperatures. This can become problematic because all of the components used in construction are metal.
When moisture rich warm air meets cooler air it can condense into water. This moisture accumulation can prematurely degrade the structure and ruin its contents. In mini storage buildings this moisture accumulation typically happens in the summer months when the warmer air meets outside cooler air in the morning and evenings.
Bubble foil insulation creates a barrier between these bodies of air lowering the possibility of moisture accumulation. Single bubble foil insulation, which provides the thermal break, also blocks the transfer of radiant heat. In metal buildings with metal roofs radiant heat gain can be excessive, especially in southern locations where the sun is more powerful. Reflective insulation blocks 97% of this heat transfer.
Single bubble foil insulation is the optimal choice for metal storage buildings. It's a radiant barrier so it blocks radiant heat. This helps stabilize temperature. The bubble layer provides r-value as well as a vapor barrier when the seams are taped to control moisture. Single bubble insulation is offered in white on one side so the interior of the units have a clean, bright finish.
Bubble foil insulation is effective in extreme temperatures both hot and cold. The lightweight material is low profile and can easily be attached with screws, staples, nails, or glue. The waterproof, non-absorbent surface is ideal for insulating metal storage buildings.
There are so many products available these days. Choosing the correct products when determining what barn insulation to use is no different. We find it helpful to look at specific details of your barn to determine what insulation to use.
The first question is, where are you? What state do you live in? Understanding your local climate is the first criteria in understanding your insulation solutions. It is no wonder residential code construction in the south for example comprises of 2 x 4" construction. In the North, it is 2 x 6". This has nothing to do with strength and everything to do with wall thickness. In the North, the code requirements for fiberglass insulation are designed for a 5 1/2" batt. Conserving heat is of prime importance during the heating season in the North. Wall construction is changed to allow for the insulation to fit. This change does not help homes in the South because the heating season is considerably less and the low temperatures, although cold by southern standards, are balmy for the North.
The second question is, what are you using your barn for? Barns are built for many different reasons and they are used for a wide variety of applications. Are you going to heat your barn? Are you concerned about solar heat gain? These questions help determine the correct barn insulation for you to use.
Or maybe you are concerned about or are experiencing condensation. Condensation is a main concern in metal buildings and pole barns with metal roofs. Condensation inside a building happens when dew point is reached. Metal roofing material, although inexpensive and strong, is a poor insulator and very conductive. This means the temperature of the metal roof on your barn in the winter is going to be fairly close to the actual outside temperature. Condensation can happen when the inside warmer air comes into contact with the cold metal material. If the humidity level and temperature extremes are right, moisture will occur.
From this information we can start to draw some conclusions. Let's make up a barn to show some practical examples. For an insulation choice, we will choose our InfraStop® insulation. When installed correctly InfraStop® is a vapor barrier and will create a thermal break to alleviate any condensation concerns.
Now, let us say our metal building is located in Texas. Most of it is warehouse or storage with a small area for an office. Let's only heat the office infrequently in the winter. What should we do? We would install our InfraStop® underneath the roof joists or over them for new construction. We would also install it across or down the side walls. We would frame in the office area and insulate the walls and ceiling with fiberglass insulation and line the exterior or warehouse facing walls and ceiling with reflective insulation as well.
What will this do? First, it will block most of the heat entering the building that is radiating through the metal roofing and walls. This will help cool the building down. Because you are paying to heat the office and it's a small area, fiberglass insulation is used in addition to reflective foil insulation. This will ensure trapped air and limited air movement to help in the cold months. The radiant barrier is added to keep the warehouse heat out should you want to use air conditioning in the summer.
Let us now say we have a pole barn in Wisconsin. We are using the area as a shop and are heating it via a wood stove during the day. We know our barn is getting hot in the summer but our main concern is keeping in some of the heat generated by the wood stove. For this application, we would again use our InfraStop® insulation but move its position in the building. Instead of putting the material underneath the purlins we could move the material to underneath the trusses. This would significantly decrease the amount of cubic space to be heated and would reflect the heat from the wood stove back into the room. You will still get the benefit of blocking overhead heat during the hot months. If you wanted the insulation at the roof level, either above or below the purlins, it will work but there will be more cubic feet to heat.
Hopefully these two examples get you thinking of your type of barn, its location, and its use. When you look closely at your specific needs it is easier to determine what type of barn insulation will accomplish your building's goals.
As an owner, I always find it rewarding to see our material or its variants used in the field. I find it even better to see it used correctly in applications where there is some controversy.
So what's the controversy you ask? There is a myth that radiant barriers do not work in northern climates and there are a fair number of discussions around the internet to this point. Is there any truth to this? Well yes, in a way.
While it is true that radiant barriers decrease their effectiveness the higher North in latitude you go, this statement requires some background information. The radiant barrier in this case is an attic radiant barrier. I agree that the further North your home or building is, the less of the impact from the overhead sun. This is why someone would say radiant barriers do not work in northern climates. Essentially they are measuring the return on investment in a cold climate versus a hot climate and in most attic applications in Canada and Alaska they would be right. The return on investment would be low.
However, attic radiant barriers are only a fraction of the places reflective insulation is successfully installed. In the North, you find reflective insulation and radiant barriers used in basements, crawlspaces, metal buildings, barns, and for duct wrap insulation.
What does all of this have to do with the show Ultimate Survival Alaska? As a backpacker and hiker I have found myself watching and enjoying this show more and more. If you don't know Ultimate Survival Alaska on Discovery Channel, it is a show about a group of outdoorsmen. There are 8 of them and each episode they break into 2-3 man groups and have 72 hours to complete a certain objective in the wild wilderness of Alaska, surviving on only their pack and meager food supplies. At the end of the 72 hours, a plane comes to pick up the 8 man group and they travel to a new area and complete another objective the next episode. If they don't make the "LZ" or landing zone as they call it, they will be left in the wilderness.
In a recent episode, one of the groups runs into a backcountry cabin in the middle of nowhere while traversing to their pickup point. They meet the owner, a homesteader who has been living completely off the grid, in the wild for the last 7 years. Upon entering the homesteader's cabin, the show's commentator notes that all of the interior walls are wrapped in radiant barrier. He terms the material aluminum insulation, which it is also called by.
This is where the myth is debunked that radiant barriers do not work in northern climates. This guy is way up in Alaska, living year round, with his only heat source being a wood stove in a backcountry cabin. Wood stoves emit a tremendous amount of radiant heat. So what does this survivalist choose to insulate his dwelling with? Why radiant barrier of course, the only insulation that blocks the transfer of radiant heat. This homesteader is smart and he is successfully using reflective insulation in a specific application despite the frigid, northern climate.
I share this because it is a striking example of reflective insulation being used in an area where some claim that it does not work. What critics really should be saying is that reflective insulation works but not as well in an attic application in a northern climate. This would require detail which is generally sorely lacking in critical opinions. The survivalist is successful because he is using the material on the inside of his walls to keep heat in not keep heat out, as one would do in attics for southern or tropical climates.
If you are confused about reflective insulation and where to best install the insulation in your home or building give us a call, we would enjoy helping you. We have seen reflective insulation used successful in hundreds of applications. We even carry radiant barriers and bubble foil insulation for use in the pristine wilderness of Alaska come to find out.
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.