Insulation

  • Insulating Roof of Indoor Riding Ring in North Carolina - Customer Project

    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!

  • Man's Early Insulation

    While a burning fire provided warmth, light and the ability to heat food, insulation in the form of animal hides gave Homo erectus, Homo ergaster, and other early humans the continual protection needed to survive freezing weather. Over 1.5 million years ago, humans lost much of their body when they became fully bipedal and lived on the flat African savannahs. After several million years of prolonged walking and running across the savannah, early humans experienced an evolutionary genetic process called natural selection that eventually replaced their hair with sweat glands necessary to regulate body temperature and prevent hyperthermia.

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    Oxford University anthropologists Walter Bodmer and Mark Pagel have suggested that hair loss resulted when early humans developed insights into utilizing animal hides and wearing them to protect the body during freezing weather. Since rudimentary stone tools were needed to produce clothing made of tough animal skin (skinning an animal is not easily performed with bare hands), anthropologists think we may have started insulating ourselves with clothing made from animal skins after developing tools, leaving Africa over one million years ago., and encountering much cooler weather.

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    Because fibrous clothing deteriorates in tropical, humid weather, the oldest evidence found that substantiates early humans' ability to weave clothing from plant or animal fibers was found in Czech Republic and dates back to the Upper Paleolithic period, around 25,000 BCE. Early insulation for the body included animal hide clothing, shoes and accessories such as bone needles, and dye and bleaching technology that may have provided clothes with hierarchical meanings within a tribe.

    When the first anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) left Africa about 100,000 years ago, Neanderthals already inhabited parts of Europe and had developed both genetic and creative adaptations to survive the brutal cold of Earth's last glacial period. Neanderthals tanned hides, colored them with ochre staining and probably wore shoes made of tougher animal skins. Animals hunted by Neanderthals for their meat and hides include wild boar, mammoth, reindeer, elephants (straight-tusked) and an extinct species of wild cattle called aurochs.

    Otzi, the Well-Dressed Ice Man

    Otzi the Ice Man is a mummified Neolithic corpse possibly 5300 years old who was discovered in 1991 buried on a mountainside in the Italian-Austrian Alps. What's fascinating about Otzi is the type and amount of insulative clothing he wore--a goat and deer-hide jacket, a loincloth, leggings, a cape made from bark and Alpine grass, a bearskin hat and shoes composed of goat and bear skin insulated with hardy grass types.

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    Anthropologists speculate that Homo heidelbergensis may have been the first Homo sapiens to construct a simple shelter from natural objects such as plants, rocks and wood. Evidence about 400,000 years old from the Terra Amata site in France suggests that these early homes were large and elongated enough to house extended families. Previously, shelters had consisted of caves, cliff over hangings or simple hearths perhaps protected by large rocks surrounding one or more fires.

    Energy Efficient Inuit Homes

    Descending from the Thule culture who crossed Siberia and emerged in western Alaska around 1000 BCE, the Inuit relied on driftwood, bones and animal hides to create homes called tupiq that were insulated and tough enough to withstand the bitter Artic cold. Temporary shelters made from snow and ice called iglus offered protection from the elements outside a permanent settlement.

    Animal skins also provided the Inuit with footwear, leggings and parkas sewn with bone needles and sinew. Bearded seal skin or caribou boots kept their feet from suffering frostbite when hunting or fishing in subzero weather.

    Could We Survive an Ice Age Today Using Early Forms of Insulation?

    Maybe. However, most of the animals hunted for clothing and shelter thousands of years ago are extinct. In addition, many creatures with the types of skins required to give us the insulation we would need to survive 5000 years of below normal temperatures, raging blizzards and ice sheets have dwindled in numbers so drastically that there wouldn't be enough of them to provide the billions of people living on Earth with enough insulation to live as successfully in the wild as our predecessors.

  • Customer Project: Insulating Exhaust Line for Portable AC Unit

    Sometime in early March a customer called in looking to see if InfraStop® would work for his DIY project. P.J. in Boca Raton, Florida wanted to insulate the exhaust line on his interior air conditioning unit. The exhaust line was very warm and he was concerned that although he was cooling his bedroom, the exhaust line was making it harder for the air conditioning unit to do its job.

    We explained to him this is why InfraStop® is so effective for duct wrap insulation and in related HVAC applications. Even though his project was small, the principle was the same. He needed to control the radiant heat escaping the AC unit's exhaust line and keep it from entering his conditioned space, in this case his bedroom.

    P.J. was a little skeptical that our insulation would work as well as we explained so we decided to send him a roll at no charge in agreement that he would send pictures of his project and let us know how our material worked whether good or bad.

    We did our part and P.J. did his and now has a much cooler exhaust line on his interior AC unit. Take a look at the pictures and project narration he sent back to us. We love to see the difference in the thermometer. Thanks P.J!

  • Insulation for Portable Shipping and Cargo Containers

    Shipping and Storage ContainersIntermodal containers are more commonly known as shipping or cargo containers. These rugged and long lasting portable containers are waterproof and can be locked, making them perfect structures for short or long term storage.

    Because of their durability and flexibility, portable containers are used in many different applications other than their original purpose to transport material across waterways on container ships.

    Now, they are being used for jobsite or residential storage. Moving and storage companies like Pods® and others rent and sell them. Common uses in the agricultural sector include greenhouses, feed storage, and raising honey bees to name a few. The modular flexibility allows shipping containers to be used in permanent housing which appears to be a growing trend. Another trend is doomsday preppers who are purchasing containers at a rapid rate and burying their accumulated belongings in them.

    Regardless of what the shipping containers are used for the overall concern is the same, to protect the possessions and belongings inside. As good and versatile as metal storage containers can be, they function like metal buildings and therefore have two potential drawbacks. The first is heat gain and the second is condensation.

    Heat gain is straight forward. Metal is an excellent conductor and if the container is exposed to the sun, the metal will get much hotter than the air temperature and this radiant heat will be absorbed and passed right into the interior space potentially making conditions unbearable for occupancy. Excessive heat can also have a negative effect on goods and materials designed for storage.

    Condensation can also be a concern in many locations and climates, just like it is in metal buildings and barns. Condensation is harder to diagnose in most cases as buildings that do condensate or sweat only do so in certain seasons when the conditions are right. These conditions are typically either: warm, heated, moisture rich interior air contacting a cold metal roof in winter months or cool, moisture rich interior air contacting a hot roof in the summer months. If moisture has accumulated once, it will accumulate again potentially damaging possessions inside.

    Thankfully, the same InfraStop® foil insulation used in metal buildings and barns can be used in portable shipping containers to prevent both radiant heat transfer and condensation. Insulating with InfraStop® allows you to keep your container cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter months if you are heating the inside. A more consistent temperature is much better on goods and materials than large temperature fluctuations.

    Regarding condensation and moisture, InfraStop® bubble insulation is a vapor barrier when correctly installed which includes taping the seams. This prevents moisture rich interior air from contacting the metal. The reflective layers of the insulation reflect any absorbed radiant heat which a typical non-reflective vapor barrier cannot do. The result is a conditioned space and a buffer zone of trapped air, an ideal insulator in itself.

    Traditional insulations such as blow in-in cellulose or spray foam can be used as well. These types will do well in insulating but will not be as effective in blocking radiant heat or preventing condensation. Traditional insulation types are also much more costly to use and are be difficult to remove and are not reusable. Typically, they only make sense if the shipping container is to be used for permanent habitation by people.

    InfraStop® insulation is a natural choice in this environment as reflective insulation is the insulation used in the shipping and packaging industries. The difference here is where it is installed. Instead of covering the material inside the shipping container as it would if a container ship was out to sea, InfraStop® can easily be installed on the walls and ceilings effectively doing the same job to protect the interior. Another benefit of InfraStop® is that it can be removed and reused very easily if needed.

  • Insulation for Yurt Manufacturers

    Reflective Foil Yurt InsulationYurt building incorporates radiant barrier technology in its building design. By utilizing foil insulation, specifically bubble pack insulation, a radiant barrier is created keeping heat in or out depending on your climate. Whatever exterior layer used is also insulation acting primarily as a thermal break by blocking air movement. This is the basic insulation system used in yurt building. There are also some fiberglass roof insulation systems being used as well.

    Our Tempshield bubble foil insulation is the perfect product for your yurts. Made right here in the United States, it is the best quality product on the market. And at our prices, the best priced too. Click here for our contact page to obtain a sample.

    So if you are involved in the construction, design, or occupancy of yurts and want to source the best insulation please visit our website. Your ordering size does not matter. We are set up to get you the best price on the best quality Tempshield bubble foil yurt insulation at any volume. Click here for a single roll of foil bubble pack roll stock.

    Thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, the leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.

  • Better Quality Radiant Barriers and Foil Insulation

    We do a lot of selling on price, always stating we offer the lowest price. Our industry is competitive and we must always offer the best value. Quality on the other hand, transcends price. Most often it is better to pay a little more and receive the best product you can. Where does one draw the line between how much to pay?

    We're not sure. But, at InsulationStop it's not an option anyway. We offer the best quality and the best priced materials. Our insulation is made here, and constructed of the best materials. Every product we supply meets or succeeds the highest levels of industry testing. Basically we buy right and sell right, to you. Shop our online stores today.

  • Video: InsulationStop's Concrete Slab Bubble Foil Insulation

    Affordable Concrete Slab Bubble Foil Insulation from InsulationStop.com

    This 16,000 square foot building was completed in three pours. The installation of the insulation took approximately three hours with three people. Located in rural southern Illinois, this new metal building equipped with geothermal heat and insulated slab will provide years of affordable service.

    For use in under slab and in floor radiant heat applications, our layered bubble foil insulation is an economical alternative to rigid foam board insulation. It costs less and installs faster. It's easier to handle and transport. It installs well on rough grade.

    Our concrete slab insulation also replaces the need for a stand alone vapor barrier and when the seams are taped is an approved radon barrier. We can make product in standard 48" roll widths right up to 10' so you can easily and quickly insulate any job. Larger roll widths mean faster installations.

  • Each Insulation Project is Unique

    Even experts can make final decisions and specifications only after they have carefully studied a project, including the occupants and their habits; the contents and function of the structure; the objectives sought; the combustion devices and other vapor-formers inside the building; proper ventilation; temperatures and humidities desired; type and details of building structure and equipment needed; and then only on the understanding that they must also supervise construction, installation and actual initial operation after occupancy.

    The physician who diagnoses an illness or the attorney who considers a legal problem, may refer to books for stimulation, general information and relevant case histories; but he must carefully study the particular patient or problems, reach his own conclusions, make his own decisions. No book can do this for him. Nor are the cases of any two patients or clients exactly alike.

    The consulting engineer or architect, when called upon to "prescribe" for a particular structure, can not refer to a book alone for the answer. Nevertheless this booklet should be immensely helpful even to a "non-expert" for it can supply him with much valuable information. The expert too, will find very useful data, which will refresh his knowledge of the physics and mechanics involved, even though some of it may be controversial.

    Each project is unique, a law unto itself. Circumstances and conditions are never identical. Each building is so different from every other building, even an adjoining one which seems to be identical; that in addition to the fact we do not encroach on the function of the architectural and engineering specialists who study, design and supervise a project and its operation, it would be impossible for any booklet to do so.

    The insulation requirements of almost any two or more residences or cold storage houses for instance, will differ greatly from each other as well as from obviously different types of structures, such as farm buildings, schools, hospitals, etc. What may be suitable for one structure is often not applicable to the very same type structure next door. Too many variables may be present and must be considered.

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  • Air Sealing: An Important Step in the Insulation Process

    Air sealing is an important step in the insulation process. Read this short post to find out more information on air sealing that can improve your heating and cooling efficiency and lower your utility bills.

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