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  • Steel & Metal Buildings: Airpace Requirements for Reflective Insulation

    Reflective insulation requires an existing airspace on one side of the insulation in order to work properly as a radiant barrier. This airspace may be small but it is essential. Foil insulation used without an airspace, as in under concrete insulation for example cease being a radiant barrier.  You still get some insulation value but it's in the form of a thermal break, not a radiant barrier.

    Tempshield double bubble reflective both or reflective one side products have been tested in various metal building applications and achieved various r-values depending on the installation.

    Please take a look at our metal building insulation airspace page where you can find the required airspace, application, and r-value for all of your barn insulation needs.

  • Reflective Insulation: A Versatile Technology

    Foil insulation, bubble foil insulation, and reflective foil all work the same way. By being reflective, they block radiant heat using radiant barrier technology. Conventional insulation does not work the same way.

    Remember, there are only three modes of heat transfer; conductive, convective, and radiant. When you want to keep things hot or cold, there are two base classifications of products. The first group slows conductive and convective heat. Products in this class are fiberglass, mineral wool, and foam insulation.

    Products that insulate for these two modes of heat transfers are noticeably thicker, because more product is better. Years of material advancements continue to change these products. For example to stop air movement, houses built around the turn of the century (1900) often incorporated paper and other materials in the walls to stop air movement. Today, it appears that spray foam insulation will be dominant heading into the future. These are advancements in material design.

    The other group of products is comprised of various types of reflective insulation. This insulation uses radiant barrier technology to block radiant heat. All products on the market today should block 95% to 97% of radiant heat energy. Because reflecting radiant heat is a technology, thicker is not better. Foil insulation typically used in house wraps and attics has only a thickness of about two sheets of paper. Bubble foil which is primarily used in the other areas such as for wall insulation, crawlspace insulation, metal buildings, and barn insulation can be anywhere from 3/16" to 5/16" thick or more if used for duct wrap insulation.

    This radiant heat blocking insulation is used heavily in other industries such as food packaging, aerospace, and automotive.  As new and better substrates are introduced to the market the product itself may change but the technology will not. The use of reflective insulation has continued to grow in the building materials sector and will continue as other industries realize how to use this versatile technology.

  • InsulationStop Newsletter: Featured Insulation and Insulation Tips

    We've toyed with the idea of a newsletter for some time now and have finally decided to take the plunge. But what to include? We've decided our newsletter is going to focus on an energy saving insulation concept or specific insulation product. Because our day to day focus is on radiant barriers and reflective foil insulation the newsletter's insulation concept or specific insulation will be in the other areas of insulation use, stopping conductive and convective. We expect to publish bi-montly with posts to deliver Saturday mornings. We look forward to bringing you some great all around information that you will be able to put to use to lower your energy costs. Click the Link or Picture to JOIN INSULATIONSTOP NEWSLETTER.

  • Energy Saving Tips: Duct Sealing and Insulation

    There are many different ways a home can be upgraded to increase efficiency and decrease your utility bills. Although we talk mainly about our foil insulation and the many applications where it can be installed, it is refreshing to talk about other areas in a home where problems can be fixed or improvements can be made.

    Sealing air ducts is a project you may not have given much thought to, but it can be a serious problem and cost you a lot of money. At the very least, you should have full confidence that your heating and cooling system is performing correctly and efficiently.

    Forced air heating and cooling systems are prevalent in homes built after the 1950's. Over 95% of new homes built today utilize forced air systems. The main delivery of this forced hot or cold air comes via ducts that are used to distribute the conditioned air throughout your home. Energy Star® estimates 20% of air that moves through duct systems is lost due to leaks or poorly sealed connections. This results in an increased load on your furnace or air conditioning unit and higher utility bills.

    Some areas of your ductwork cannot be accessed but most of it can. You can inspect and repair exposed ducts in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and garages by sealing leaks with duct mastic or duct sealant. Any areas of the duct run that get hot in the summer and cold in the winter can be insulated as well. Insulating these areas is another energy saving project that is inexpensive and will help your home operate at its optimal level.

    We have included a link to Energy Star® Air Seal and Insulate Brochure for your review. We hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to bringing you more energy saving tips.

  • Air Sealing and Insulating Your Home

    As a homeowner, it is important you understand the basic points about sealing and insulating the shell or building envelope of your home. This weatherization strategy is always important and in some homes, can be as important as insulation itself.

    Tests have shown over and over that insulation works best and the performance is most optimal when there has been none to start with. Adding more material to an already insulated space produces less dramatic results. In outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors air sealing is often the most cost effective way to improve every efficiency and comfort. Check out this link to see the DIY Air Seal Brochure by Energy Star®. This guide also includes information about adding more attic ventilation.

    Maximizing the return on your weatherization investments means you should have a good understanding of your specific building and what can be done to improve its energy efficiency. Every building is different. This brochure is a good starting point to understanding how air sealing works with insulation and ventilation to complete your home's weatherization package.

  • 19 Other Applications for Bubble Pack and Bubble Foil Insulation

    Can you think of five instances where bubble pack or bubble foil insulation is used? If you do most will probably come from the packaging industry. Bubble mailers and box inserts are two examples.

    But this is only one application. There are eighteen more industries where bubble pack and bubble foil insulation are successfully used. See if you guessed any on the list.  Some of the answers may surprise you.

    2. Automotive 3. Transportation 4. Electrical Boxes 5. Medical and Pharmaceutical 6. Food and Beverage 7. Sporting Goods 8. Marine 9. Spas and Saunas 10. Wineries 11. Recreation Vehicles 12. Appliances 13. Agricultural 14. Aviation 15. Aerospace 16. Packaging 17. Electrical Enclosures 18. Plumbing and HVAC 19. Curtains

    The twentieth industry that bubble foil insulation is proven in is the building materials sector which comprises of both residential and commercial construction. Give us a call today regarding any applications you would like to use our insulation in.

  • Insulating Hot Water Heater Picture Slideshow

    A cool slideshow showing reflective bubble insulation being installed on a hot water heater. Thanks Ken!

  • Craigslist Radiant Barrier

    When searching for reflective insulation on craigslist you can find information for installations or even applications for companies seeking installers. But what if you wanted to purchase insulation? There is not a lot of information out there and we are not confident you should purchase your radiant barrier from craigslist.

    We only sell new items unless otherwise disclosed. Our prices are at an industry low. All of our products have been produced by North American manufacturer's who follow the strictest production guidelines. Unfortunately there are products now on the market that are inferior and produced in countries without sufficient testing procedures. Most often when purchasing building materials it is better to go with the industry standard or trusted source so you can be sure the quality of material you are using.

  • Barn Insulation and Fuel Sources

    One of the most enjoyable things about our job is we offer products to consumers that save them money. Insulation. Everyone needs insulation to some capacity. I bet the people who make and sell great winter coats like the fact they offer a good product at a good price.

    This post is about a conversation we had with a potential customer who is looking to insulate his on slab pole barn and wanted to create a finished insulation system. He already has single bubble reflective one side in the rafters but that is the extent of his barn insulation. He is interested in insulating the side walls and running a second layer of material across the bottom of the trusses effectively creating a ceiling 12' high.

    What is interesting in talking to the customer and about his specific building is that he wants to be able to keep the building at mid 40° F hopefully 50° F when the outside temperature is -10° F during a Montana winter.  If this was a residential house without any other insulation with a residential heating system in Montana, this would be financial suicide. You would be essentially paying your local utility company extra money because you are way under insulated for your climate and preferred heating temperature.

    But, if this is your shop and you have a good heating system installed and access to resources like firewood in this case, reflective insulation is an easy low cost alternative to spending a lot of money on insulation. You only need to pay a lot for insulation when you have to pay a lot to heat or cool your building.

    In this customer's case, insulating the sidewalls will finish his insulation system. Basically, sealing the building is the first, best step to heat retention. Lowering the insulating space by running insulation across the bottom of the trusses and creating a ceiling as the customer suggested will also be helpful. The nice thing is the customer can insulate the sidewalls first and add the second layer overhead at a later date if they feel it is required.

    It is always important to understand your goals and costs when evaluating how you should insulate your buildings. Looking closely at your usage, heating costs, insulation costs, and lifespan you will own the building will give you a good idea of how much you should pay for insulation. Looking at a particular project in detail is always helpful in demonstrating how effective and cost effective using our or any insulation will be.

  • Duct Wrap Insulation on MSN Real Estate Article

    Duct Wrap Insulation Did you know our products were featured on MSN.com's Real Estate Page? We make mention of it on our website but don't link directly to the post. Several years ago we were contacted by a writer doing an energy saving article. Of course we agreed to participate.

    We loved the slideshow and all of the products that were chosen. We have used a cutaway of the article as promotional content in the sidebar of our website as well for some time. We're currently redesigning the look of our website and this cutaway will not be part of the future design.

    As the picture is of me I cannot tell you how happy I am that it is coming down. We are still going to promote the article as you can see but only from time to time. To have a little fun and encourage those of you who read this article, we will take 5% off your next order if you call in and let us know you miss the picture. Hopefully someone will benefit from this post and we can get a laugh. As always, thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop, the leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation products.

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