Under Concrete Slab
Thank you to B.P. for the awesome photos of his concrete slab pour in his new pole barn located in Central New Jersey.
InfraStop® concrete insulation is ideal for use in residential and commercial applications. There are several attributes that make InfraStop® concrete insulation a good choice for under slab and under slab radiant heat applications.
Lightweight and flexible but tough, InfraStop® concrete insulation is a vapor barrier so you don't have to use poly plastic sheets. Unlike poly, InfraStop® is also a radon and methane barrier. It's a rolled product so handling and moving around the job site is easy. Installation is fast allowing you to cover large square footage projects quickly. Installing InfraStop® is also easy with just a razor knife and seam tape. Because it's flexible InfraStop® will contour to uneven grades without cracking. And, compared to the price of rigid foam board insulation, the material costs are much less.
Take a look at this great slab pour for B.P's pole barn. The barn is located in Central New Jersey.
B.P. Thanks again for the pictures.
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.
When choosing what type of concrete floor insulation to use it is best to know the productâ€™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.
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.
The benefits of working with cellular bubble foil insulate under slabs is simple. The product gives you an R-Value of 1.1. Compared to other types of insulation this may seem low. But when you look at the cost, ease of installation, and other attributes, this may be the right insulation for your job.
Our layered concrete slab insulation easily installs over uneven grade. It provides the needed vapor barrier so you won't require that. And, it's an approved radon barrier. It ships in rolls easily right to your door. Look at our concrete slab insulation for your next project and enjoy shopping at the new Concrete Slab & Radiant Heat Insulation Store.
Do you want a thermal break between your poured slab and the ground below? Are you going to install a polyethylene sheet as a vapor barrier? Do you want a radon barrier? If you've answered yes to any of these questions Tempshield Concrete Slab Insulation may be right for you.
It is an approved radon barrier which is now code in several locations in the United States. At 0.02 Perms, it is already an approved vapor barrier. At 60 lb./in puncture resistance it will hold up to all jobsite abuse and not tear like standard poly. Because of the 5/16" thick cellular construction, the material provides an effective thermal break. This results in an R-1.1.
Per square foot, Tempshield Concrete Slab Insulation is the most affordable product on the market to provide a vapor barrier and pick up some R-Value. Because the insulation is rolled, in installs lightning fast compared to any board type insulation. Because it's strong and flexible it can be installed on jobs with uneven grade without breaking. It also is lightweight to handle and easy to install. Transportation is not an issue. We ship directly to you.
Tempshield is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic as well as environmentally safe. The material consists of seven layers. The first white poly layer is bonded to the foil to protect from lime in the curing concrete. Each outer layer is bonded to a tough layer of polyethylene for strength. Two inner layers of insulating bubbles resist conductive heat flow while a center layer of polyethylene gives Tempshield high reliability and strength.
For the concrete contractor or installer who is looking for a cost effective insulation that provides a vapor and radon barrier as well as thermal performance, you can buy Tempshield Concrete Slab Insulation here, at our Concrete Slabs and Radiant Heat Insulation site. There's no project too large for the InsulationStop.
To see more, watch our video showing a Concrete Pour with Concrete Slab 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.
Won't the bubbles pop in the foil insulation?
We heard this recently on a large concrete pour. This question comes up now and again. For the math inclined here's a brief sketch regarding concrete weights per square inch for a 6" slab. The bursting strength measured in pounds per square inch for foil insulation ranges from 60-160 psi.
If you're planning on pouring a slab and installing in floor radiant heat, make sure you maximize your investment and insulate. Ultra Concrete Barrier Foil was designed for this purpose. As your radiant heat flows, it flows in two directions. The first is your living space, where you want it. The second is the ground underneath your slab where you don't. Ultra CBF lies between your slab and the ground. It's a radiant barrier so it reflects the lost radiant heat heading to the ground back to the slab and into your living space where it belongs. The unique, patented design of reflective aluminum in the middle and industrial strength bubbles to the exterior ensures the reflective layer is never in contact with the concrete or ground protecting its radiant barrier qualities. This is the only product on the market designed like this and patented for under slab and in floor under slab radiant heat projects. It is the premier product in the industry.
As one of the most viewed and purchased products in our catalogue, we wanted to run a special price promotion for all of you early birds that are already getting in high gear for the upcoming season and demand the best. For one week, we are offering deep discounts on the best under slab and radiant heat insulation money can buy. As always, thank you for your business, InsulationStop.com
- Post explaining the benefit of using Ultra CBF as your under slab insulation.
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