Understanding and Buying Reflective Bubble Insulation - The In's and Out's
This entry was posted on June 7, 2013.
So you are looking to buy bubble insulation? Bubble insulation can consist of all types of products in a variety of configurations. As the title of this post is for reflective bubble insulation we will focus only on these products, which we specialize in.
There are two configurations available, single or double bubble. Single bubble measures out at a nominal 3/16" depending on manufacture and double bubble measures out at a nominal 5/16".
These two configurations, double and single bubble are offered in two options. The first is foil on both sides of the bubble layers. The second option is foil on one side and white on the other. These are the white/foil or poly white products. White is used in cases where a white interior is preferred. We often see this in shops and metal buildings. In bubble insulation for packaging, you will also see foil only on one side as it is often not required on the other side. Poly white is also typically 10% to 15% less expensive than the foil on both sides product as the white vinyl is less expensive than the reflective aluminum layer.
Sizes. What sizes are available? Size offerings change from supplier to supplier. At the Insulation Stop, we offer the nation's largest selection of material. From a small 24" x 10' (20 square foot) roll to a custom 10'™ x 125' (1250 square foot) roll, we have everything you require regardless of your application.
Where is the bubble insulation made? By now you should expect all products you purchase and consume to be made all over the world. This is the same for reflective bubble foil insulation. Products come from Europe, the Middle East, China, Canada, Brazil, and more. Our InfraStop® bubble foil is made here, in the United States.
Are there differences in product quality? Yes, for sure. Bubble insulation manufacturers make products for various industries including construction and packaging with varying levels of product quality. InfraStop® is created for the residential and commercial construction marketplace making it ideal in any application. A good way to measure the differences in bubble insulation before you purchase is to get bubble insulation samples and compare them against each other. You will be able to quickly tell the winners from the losers.
Where can I install bubble insulation? Common installations for reflective bubble insulation include metal buildings and pole barns, crawlspace insulation, duct wrap insulation, and general wall and cathedral ceiling insulation. Bubble insulation is also used outside of the construction industry for insulating airplanes, coach buses, recreational vehicles, and for insulation in the construction of limousines. Reflective bubble insulation is also excellent in attics but a more cost effective solution is the sheet like radiant barrier product.
Another large industry for bubble insulation is in packaging which we touched on before. It is here that you will find all of the other non-reflective bubble insulation that is used in countless packaging applications.