The top 5 questions we’re asked about home insulation products

If you’re thinking about insulating your home or part of your home, you may have some questions about which insulation products to use. In this article, we discuss our most frequently asked questions when it comes to choosing home insulation products.

1. I’m upgrading my ceiling insulation, do I need to remove my old insulation?

In short, no. Your existing home insulation will have an R-value (a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material) and you can choose to remove it or add the new product over the top. We can advise you as to the condition of your existing insulation following our initial assessment and go from there.

2. How long does installing home insulation take?

Our installer team is highly experienced and we know how to efficiently install insulation in your home. Depending on how large your home is, and the type of insulation you’ve chosen the process can usually be completed in 1 to 2 days. We can generally work around your schedule to ensure minimum disruption while the installation is underway.

3. I have foil in my house – do I need to remove this?

A ban on retrofitting or repairing foil insulation in residential properties came into force in 2016. The bans aim is to reduce the safety risks associated with installing foil. Being metallic, foil conducts electricity and can become live if it comes into contact with live electrical wiring. This could enliven the entire underfloor of a building. While foil does help to reflect heat back into the house, there are more effective, safer options available today. It’s best to safely remove the foil when upgrading your insulation to optimise the performance of the new product and to eliminate the hazard once and for all.

Click here to learn more about the ban on foil.

4. How do I choose the right home insulation?

Choosing home insulation can be a bit of a daunting task and selecting the wrong product can be expensive and ineffective. Insultech Insulation can come and discuss the different types of insulation products with you. We can help explain the differences between wool, batts, segments, and blown insulation and help you select the most effective product for your home. Contact us if you’d like more information about home insulation products.

5. What is the difference between blown and batt insulation?

When weighing the choice between batts vs blown insulation, the reality is that both these products have a place in the market. Each home is different and it’s important that you choose the right product for the type of house you’re insulating. Insultech Insulation provide a free home assessment and can provide recommendations and advice about selecting batts vs blown insulation.

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