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  • 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.

  • Concrete Floor Insulation: Your Best Insulation Option

    When choosing what type of concrete floor insulation to use it is best to know the product’s benefits and how it compares to others. We love our slab insulation, in many cases it answers the consumers need.

    It gives you an R 1.1 by creating a thermal break between the concrete and the ground. It is a vapor barrier so you do not have to use poly sheets. It is also a radon barrier when installed in under slab applications.

    Working with our Tempshield™ under slab insulation is where the real time and labor savings are. Bubble foil is lightweight and easy to ship and handle unlike foam boards. The insulation also costs much less. The material is rolled and cuts with a razor knife making installation times much faster than competitive products.

    For larger products we custom make material up to 10' wide allowing for less rolls to install. In large buildings this is an excellent time saver. 10' x 125' (1250 square foot) rolls were used in this under slab insulation video of a sizeable metal building in Southern Illinois.

    There are products that achieve higher R-values but they are more expensive and labor intensive to install. Our concrete floor insulation combines several products in one. It is very economical, especially used as insulation in radiant heat applications,  where you are actively paying energy costs to heat the floor. Installing a thermal break to stop this heat loss is always a good idea in these instances.

    Watch the video or contact us directly for more information. And remember, everything ships free at the InsulationStop, your leader in radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation.

  • Hot Attics and Summer Heat

    Spring is definitely here and in most climates in the country we have already experienced a warm spell. Chances are if your home is older and under insulated or you are located in a warm climate you have already felt the downward heat radiating from your attic.

    Reflective insulation is the easiest, most efficient, and most economical choice when trying to block overhead heat gain. Every year about this time we start beating the drum to get in the attic and take a look around. Before you go up, don't forget to read, Adding Attic Insulation, Don't Forget the Radiant Barrier.

  • Concrete Insulation: Why Use Tempshield Layered Bubble Foil?

    Tempshield makes a concrete insulation product that is designed specifically for under concrete slab or ground use.

    It's probably the most cost effective way to provide a thermal break and pick up some insulation value. Tempshield has been tested at an R 1.1 and does not require the use of a polyethelene sheet. With taped seams, the material doubles as a vapor barrier.

    We make rolls up to 10' wide and can easily cover any project. Additional advantages include ease of installation and handling. The product can easily be installed on uneven grade. Watch our video or shop with us online today.


  • Insulating a Masonry, Block, or Concrete Wall

    Insulating Masonry, Block, and Concrete WallsTo insulate your masonry, block, or concrete wall you have several options. All of these do not require a stud wall. The structure of the wall itself is used to support the installation.

    Tempshield offers three applications with different benefits depending on your installation method.

    1. R-3.7: Using 1" x 2" Nominal Furring Strips 2. R-4.2: Using 2” x 2” Nominal Furring Strips 3. R-6.1: Using 2" x 2" Nominal Furring Strips Recessed Install

    Foil insulation is mold and mildew proof unlike fiberglass insulation and perfect for these applications. Visit our page at InsulationStop for more information on insulating concrete masonry block walls.

  • Extinguishing the Flames for Radiant Barrier Fire Testing

    Radiant Barrier Fire Ratings E-84-12 E2599

    There has been a lot of commotion in the radiant barrier insulation industry regarding the ASTM’s changes in their fire testing for radiant barriers and reflective insulation.  The most current ASTM test for reflective insulation is the ASTM E84-12 & E2599 Fire Test.

    To understand how this affects you and the insulation you buy requires an explanation in the process of testing.  All building materials, including insulation are evaluated in accordance with the ASTM Test Method E84 Tunnel Test.  The current test is ASTM E84-12 “Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials”.

    In 2010 the ASTM revised their E84-10 test for radiant barriers and reflective insulation resulting in a new mounting method for testing reflective insulations and radiant barriers in the E84 tunnel test.

    The new mounting method is the ASTM E2599.  The new mounting method was designed to allow the product tested to more closely resemble standard building applications.

    Why is this important to you?  The ASTM International Annual Book of Standards for 2012 back to 2010 and forward requires reflective insulation and radiant barriers to be tested under the E84 Fire Rating test to use the ASTM 2599 mounting method.  Almost all building code organizations such as the IRC, IECC, and IBC as well as insurance companies refer to ASTM for fire testing methods.

    Many radiant barriers on the market pass the Class A / Class 1 fire rating but have not passed or do not pass with the new mounting method.  Only products that have passed the E84 fire test using E2599 mounting method will PASS CODE.  This applies to both new construction and remodeling work.

    There are many products to choose from on the market and not all of have passed the new mounting method.  When purchasing radiant barriers, insist on knowing they have passed the current testing.  The new testing method has made all non-conforming products obsolete.  At InsulationStop, all of our InfraStop™ Radiant Barrier has passed and exceeded all industry tests.  Click or call today.

  • White Poly Foil Insulation: Some Good Uses

    As acceptance of radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation technology increases we often get questions about when and where to use the white, poly product.

    White or "Poly" is a single or double bubble foil insulation product with white on one side. One side is reflective the other is white.

    Many people use the white side to face the interior of their buildings. The foil side will still block radiant heat provided there is an airspace. In some cases, poly white insulation is used where the consumer would otherwise paint. It can be cheaper and provides a thermal barrier as well as reflecting radiant heat.

    Ice rinks are another common place to use the poly white product. The white side of the insulation faces the interior. Insulating where livestock is also another area white is very popular. More information can be found on this specific topic by researching the "black globe effect".

    And, because only one side is faced using aluminum, the poly white product is slightly cheaper as well, at least at the InsulationStop. Thanks for shopping.

  • Crawlspace Insulation: An Ideal Bubble Foil Application

    Crawlspace Insulation - Staple TabIf we had to name one of the best performing applications for our Tempshield bubble foil, it would have to be for crawlspace insulation. Solid r-values are achieved in this application as well as foil insulation's proven ability in moisture prone areas. There are two standard insulation methods.

    You can run insulation perpendicular to the bottom of the floor joists or use Tempshield staple tab foil insulation to insulate between the floor joists. Either way you've created a radiant barrier to block the transfer of radiant heat.

    This installation is also perfect for beneath floors with radiant heat. When you insulate under the floor joist, the lost radiant heat from the floor is reflected back decreasing your energy demand. This is especially important in crawlspaces that are not air sealed during your heating season. You can easily have a 50 degree temperature swing between the inside temperature of your home and that of your crawlspace. Putting a radiant barrier in place can be a quick, inexpensive project that can insulate a key area of your home with immediate savings in your heating bills.

  • Radiant Barriers: The US Department of Energy's View

    We were talking to one of our local contractors and the discussion was on selling to homeowners. Not the motivated homeowner that has contacted the contractor but rather the contractor who has contacted the homeowner following up on an unqualified lead.

    Our recommendation was to have a list of trustworthy websites to share regarding the product and its use so the homeowner can learn more about their home and how insulation affects their comfort and energy bills. In an effort to supply our contractor with some information we also wanted to share with you.

    All in all, their summary is good and certainly worth sharing. Click here to be taken directly to their page.  If at any time you have questions regarding the use of our Tempshield Foil Insulation, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks for shopping at the InsulationStop.

  • Florida's 3 Radiant Barrier Installation Methods

    Roof Radiant Barrier Installation MethodsWe came across a great illustration we wanted to share with you. These are the three radiant barrier roof installation methods.  This image is from the Florida Building Commission's information on residential energy efficiency

    Method 1:  Most times this is the easiest installation method available. Staple the radiant barrier on to trusses as you roll out the material.

    Method 2:  This can be during new construction before the roof deck goes on or can be done after using fasteners or smaller width materials.

    Method 3:  Use can easily make radiant barrier sheathing. Simply unroll the material and staple to the sheathing. Both the sheathing and radiant barrier rolls are 48" wide.

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