There are indeed many types of home insulations that you can use nowadays and one of the most overlooked yet most effective insulations is foil insulation. It is an excellent substitute for the most common types of insulation such as fibre-glass insulation and foam insulation boards.
There are many reasons why you should apply foil insulation in your home and ceiling.
Effective in Deflecting Heat
Foil insulation is proven to reduce the heat transfer in and outside the house and if properly installed, foil insulation can deflect 97% of the sun’s heat away from the ceiling and the interior of the house.
What makes it effective is that foil insulation is not designed to resist heat, but to simply deflect heat. It is usually applied as loft insulation material to deflect substantial heat from entering homes during summer and escaping during winter.
Foil insulation acts as a jacket for homes to effectively regulate the temperature inside the homes so that the furnace and the air conditioning system will have to less work to do and you get to save more on your electric and heating bills.
Contributes to Healthy Living
Because it is not made of mineral wool, foil insulation materials do not contain irritant fibres that can trigger asthma attacks, allergy and other respiratory issues. Instead, they are made from non-toxic materials.
Adds Beauty to Homes
Foil insulation is also tear resistant, rot proof, and durable that can last longer than other commercial insulation materials. In addition, it is much cleaner and more convenient to install compared to fibre glass insulation. If properly installed, foil insulation can also add beauty to homes.
It can save space because it is generally thinner. Foil insulation products are generally only 33 millimetres thick.
Another type of ceiling insulation similar in design and concept is the Polystyrene sheet.
Polystyrene is a type of rigid foam insulation commonly used in homes, offices, and other structures. Because of its ability to provide noise and thermal insulation, polystyrene has become a useful insulation material as durable and consistent as foil insulation.
There are two kinds of polystyrene sheet:
Expanded Polystyrene Sheets (EPS)
Ideally used for sound and thermal insulation to ceilings and walls, expanded polystyrene sheets (EPS) is a good insulation material because of its specific thermal properties. Aside from being environment-friendly (it does not contain harmful CFCs), expanded polystyrene sheets can also be recycled economically.
Extruded Polystyrene Sheets (XEPS)
These have low density and low thermal conductivity because of its perforations. Thus, these sheets perform best as a thermal insulation to walls and floors. Plus, it can effectively resist the formation of moisture and vapour.