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.
Wow, this one was fun! So you want to build an ice bar for your customers? That is what the Sagamore Resort located on beautiful Lake George, New York and the Samoset Resort located on the coast in Rockport, Maine decided to do.
This is the second year these resorts have opened their Glacier Ice Bars to the public. Attractions include a full bar with seating as well as other seats built to be a king and queen throne, various ice sculptures, and a shot louge to top it off.
So how do you keep 10 tons of ice frozen? That's where InfraStop® comes in. As the Sagamore Resort is in our backyard, we had an opportunity to visit and watch the crew of the Sagamore close down the bar for the night. Take a look at these images to see InfraStop® in action.
It's a challenge for many homeowners to keep their homes cool in the summer time and warm in the winter time. But aside from creature comforts, there's also the issue of rising utility bills. In fact, for rooms in direct contact with the sun's rays, it's not uncommon for there to be a temperature swing of 20 degrees compared to rooms that are more shaded. Yes, homeowners can spend money on the likes of smart thermostats and expensive windows to stay comfortable - but there's the upfront cost involved in such actions, not to mention taking the chance that the expenditure will eventually pay off in energy savings.
Then there's also more affordable, yet equally effective, measures such as window insulation - specifically that of the reflective kind. What is reflective window insulation? Simply put, it's highly reflective aluminum foil with a bubble core that's placed on a window which works to reflect the sun's light, rather than absorb it. Covering windows in the summer prevents heat from entering the home, thereby keeping it more comfortable. And this type of window insulation reflects heat from both the inside and the outside, so it's capable of preventing heat from escaping when applied during the winter months as well.
Here's a look at some other benefits of reflective window insulation, compared to other energy-saving measures one can take around the home:
- Reusable: This variety of window insulation can be taken down and reapplied whenever a homeowner chooses, meaning that it can be used year after year for long-lasting effectiveness.
- Practical: While reflective window insulation may not be applicable for every room in your home - after all, you're likely going to want some sort of natural light entering the home regardless of the season - it's ideal for seldom used rooms, such as attics and guest bedrooms. It also works well in RV windows, car windows and more. You can even place the insulation on the rooftops to reflect the sun, which will also keep the home cooler.
- Affordable: Just because it's worth mentioning again, reflective window insulation is a preferred energy saving solution for households that are on a budget. Rather than ponying up hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for state-of-the-art products to maintain creature comforts, there's a comparably low upfront cost associated with this product, which makes it even more attractive.
It's a fact that heating and cooling costs are rising and will likely only to continue to rise moving forward. But that doesn't mean that you can't do something about it. While there are several ways you can maintain creature comforts and keep energy costs manageable, reflective window insulation is one technology that is as practical as it is affordable.
This customer was interested in increasing his energy efficiency in his truss built attic in Newport, North Carolina. He choose InfraStop® IS for the 24" width which made it easy to install the insulation from the ridge to the eaves while going truss to truss. As you look at the pictures you will also notice HVAC duct lines running in the attic. This is very commonplace in certain areas of the country that are not prone to freezing temperatures. Notice the reflective duct wrap on the lines as this is definitely qualifies as an unconditioned attic space.
The customer also upgraded and used spray foam insulation on the attic floor to replace the few inches of blown in fiberglass that was there from years before. The new attic, properly insulated with both a radiant barrier and conductive/convective heat stopping spray foam insulation is certainly much more efficient and will make the home more comfortable in both the heating and cooling seasons. Read more details on the temperature change noticed by the customer by clicking on the picture to see all the pictures pertaining to this project.
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.
At Insulation Stop we often refer to ourselves as the leader in reflective foil insulation. The two metrics we use to make this statement are our products and our experience, both of which are unrivaled.
First our reflective foil insulation is made here in the United States, not somewhere in North America and certainly not overseas. This made in America distinction is more important than just product quality. It ensures the foil insulation you purchase has been tested and passes the most stringent ASTM specifications. When you know where your products come from you can determine how they are tested.
The second metric that defines us as a leader in our industry is our experience. We have been involved in the manufacture and distribution of reflective insulation long before the Internet. Everyone knows the Internet has opened up new, cost effective channels for buyers to source products. Unfortunately, now companies handle multiple, unrelated product lines and expertise is often dropped from the value proposition.
Here is an example of what we mean. We were shocked when we found a company that sells reflective insulation on one website and belly button rings on another! Maybe they think that after you insulate your pole barn you will want to purchase faux jewelry to celebrate your accomplishment. (Unfortunately, this is not a joke.)
At the Insulation Stop our background is heavy in building materials and civil engineering, the two main components needed to successfully build and outfit your structures. Unfortunately for our competitors, they just do not stack up in either product quality or experience. Some say imitation is a sign of flattery. In the reflective insulation business we say imitation is just that, imitation.
Construction is exacting and we know you want things done right the first time. We appreciate the confidence you have put in our experience and our materials to ensure you have a successful project in the end. We enjoy taking your phone calls and discussing the details of your project.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and want to say thank you to our customers both past, present, and future that have helped make us the leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.
Pouring a slab can be a considerable investment in time, material, and labor. When looking at insulation options, consumers can easily be confused as to what products to use and how effective they are.
This post is to help you understand your options. Your first option is easy and that is to do nothing. Maybe you are not concerned with heat retention for your project. In that case, use the recommended poly vapor barrier. Lay down your rebar and pour the slab.
However, if you want to retain heat and certainly if you are using radiant heat, than you will probably want to get some insulation down. The ground is an infinite heat sink and will continually pull heat from the inside downward. Insulating, or providing a thermal break, is the only option to slow this process.
The most economical choice available is our InfraStop concrete insulation. Offered in a wide variety of roll sizes, the foil within the product acts to spread out the heat signature of heating coils. This results in a more consistent floor surface temperature. The multi-layered bubble design creates a thermal break to give you an R-1.1. Other advantages are rapid installation times compared to other products, the ability to install on uneven grade, and traditional vapor barriers are not required. The insulation itself is the vapor barrier.
To gain more R-value you must move into the foam board insulation products. These products do have a higher R-value. They also have a much higher price per square foot unfortunately. Transportation and installation is also much slower as individual board sections must be laid down and the seams taped. A standard 400 square foot roll of our concrete slab insulation for example can be installed in less than a minute, compared to 12 sheets of foam board that can take upwards of an hour. For larger products we can manufacture roll sizes of 1,250 square feet to make installation even faster.
Foam board is also prone to breaking and cracking on uneven grade. This can make your concrete pour susceptible to failure. This is not to say the foam board should be avoided but it does, as with all products, have its limitations. Understanding the pros and cons of the various products available and measuring these to your specific project will be able to better help you make your decisions on what products to use when insulating under concrete slabs.
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.
All products are not created equal. Neither are suppliers. InfraStop® reflective insulation, sold by InsulationStop is the best quality reflective foil insulation material available. Whether you have an application that needs a radiant barrier or our reflective bubble foil insulation, there is an InfraStop® product and size to fit.
InfraStop® is made here in the United States. All products meet or exceed ASTM testing for reflective insulation. This is important because an ever increasing amount of reflective insulation is coming in from China and surrounding areas where quality controls are not guaranteed. We have been able to keep a pricing advantage over even these products so price is not a criteria in your purchasing decision. You can comfortably buy the best.
Regarding distribution, there are many products sold online and sold by a variety of people and companies. In many cases you can purchase a product from a supplier who has no idea what they are selling. They can fulfill your order but nothing else.
At InsulationStop this is not the case. We combine over 70 years of engineering and building material experience, as well as 15 years specializing in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation. We bring a wealth of information not only about the product and its applications but also about competitive products and information on even non-competitive insulation products to ensure you are getting the correct insulation package for your project.
We are also members of RIMA, the Reflective Insulation Manufacturer's Association. As far as we know we are the only online supplier of reflective insulation that is a member of RIMA.Â This is an important distinction.
We are committed to supplying you the best products available at the best possible prices. We appreciate your business and thank you for shopping at the InsulationStop, your leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.
The reflective foil insulation industry continues to grow. As consumers demand better alternatives to conserve energy and local building codes continue to evolve, the use of reflective insulation is more commonplace than ever.
With this increasing demand comes an ever increasing marketplace where consumers can purchase material. Unfortunately this growth in supply makes it more difficult for the average consumer to ensure they are purchasing the best products available to them.
Insulation is now imported into the United States from virtually everywhere in the world. Consumers can buy foil insulation locally as well as from every corner of the internet including Amazon, Ebay, and even Craigslist.
Private labels and packaging companies are popping up all over the place and marketing material as construction grade insulation. This is making it even more difficult for the buyer to understand where the product is manufactured and more importantly how it has been tested.
Fortunately, there is the InsulationStop and our wide array of reflective insulation. All of our reflective bubble foil insulation is made in United States right in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our products are fully tested to meet and exceed all American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for reflective insulation.
Furthermore, we and our manufacturers are all members of the Reflective Insulation Manufacturer's Association or (RIMA). This means that every product we sell has been fully tested and complies with every known standard available and they are all approved by RIMA, the governing body for reflective insulation manufacturers.
As price is an important driving force in purchasing decisions, we also offer the best pricing available on all of our products all the time. We have custom roll size capabilities available as well.
No matter how large or small your project is, we provide the best made material in the industry at the best prices right to your door, guaranteed. Confidence you can trust, only at the InsulationStop, your leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.
Click here for information on testing and certifications for our InfraStop® Reflective Foil Insulation.