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Insulation Buying Guide

If you have been spending too much money on your monthly heating bills, then chances are that your home’s insulation isn’t effective. The United States Department of Energy warns that 50% to 70% of the total amount of energy used in homes facilitates heating and cooling. Therefore, if your floors, walls, and attic aren’t properly insulated, this could be the explanation for the ever-increasing energy bills. By making sure your home is excellently insulated, you can create the desired indoor temperature while improving your property’s energy efficiency.

Here’s a comprehensive guide that outlines different types of insulation for residential properties and other essential home insulation aspects that you should know.

How insulation works

Simply put, insulation is a thermal-resistant barrier that prevents heat loss or gain. It creates a barrier between two different areas with different levels of temperature. Homes and other residential properties need help to stay energy-efficient, and by installing the right type of insulation, your home can minimize heat loss during chilly weather and stay cool during the warm weather. This can reduce your total monthly energy bills significantly.

Most property owners choose to insulate floors located above crawl spaces or unfinished basements and in the attic. If you own an old home, the most effective sections to insulate include the attic, exterior walls, crawl spaces, and basement.

R-Values

The overall performance of particular insulation is measured in terms of R-values. This metric quantifies the thermal resistance of specific construction material and other parts of a building, including the walls, roof, and floors.

R-values for different insulation materials vary depending on the thickness, density, and type of material used. Insulation with a high R-value tends to perform better compared to insulation with a low rating. According to the Department of Energy, property owners should choose various insulation levels depending on the regional climate zones. This could enhance the level of energy-efficiency of their homes.

How much insulation is required?

To determine the amount of insulation your home requires, find out if the property is already insulated. The next step involves measuring the overall area that requires insulation and establishing the specific type of insulation that could work effectively.

Other areas that require insulation

Make sure you have installed high-quality insulation in the attic, crawl space, and outer walls as these are more susceptible to heat transfer. It’s also recommended to insulate water heaters as this will prevent energy loss and probably lower your monthly energy bills. Wrap all hot water pipes using tabular insulation to keep the water warm and to avoid freezing.

More insulation tips

Ensure your house is perfectly ventilated. Enough ventilation can prevent loss of too much heat and prevents condensation. Fix all leaks to prevent air from entering or exiting in areas around the doors and windows. Remember, leaks should be fixed before the installation of insulation, as it’s challenging to fix them once the insulation is in place.

Lastly, wear protective gear when handling insulation to avoid breathing in harmful substances or irritating your skin. Afterward, vacuum your clothes to ensure you don’t come into contact with materials that could irritate your skin.

Types of insulation

Fiber Batts
Fiberglass batts are an affordable way to insulate your property easily. They are fire-resistant and don’t absorb moisture. Additionally, fiberglass batts can be sized to fit your home’s standard walls, ceiling, and all other cavities for effective insulation. Generally, fiberglass is made of recycled materials that are melted and woven together tightly to make large pads. When installed by a professional, this form of insulation guarantees reliable insulation properties no matter the season.
Polyiso
Polyisocyanurate or polyiso is rigid foam insulation installed in over 70 percent of commercial roof construction. It provides continuous insulation solutions for different roofing systems and wall assemblies. Polyiso is one of the widely used, readily available, and cost-effective insulation methods that guarantee low energy use. It also enhances the overall service life for your property’s walls and roof. Note that polyiso is associated with a high R-value per inch, is easy to install, and is stable over a vast range of temperatures.
Tyvek
The unique structure of Tyvek® ThermaWrap® creates a tight building envelope, offers a water barrier, and prevents the trapped air from escaping. This results in a significant drop in energy consumption by reducing the overall load on your home’s heating and cooling system. Tyvek® ThermaWrap® is associated with low HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score. Additionally, it has an R-value of 5.0, heat-resistant, and allows moisture to escape. That means it stays dry and prevents rot or formation of mildew or mold.
Roxul Insulation
This semi-rigid insulation is designed for wood and steel stud applications for both commercial and residential construction. It is a stone wool-based insulation manufactured from natural stone and 75 percent recycled content. This gives Roxul insulation the outstanding thermal insulation properties that other insulation options cannot match. Also, it offers superior acoustical performance to floors and wall assemblies.
Sound Attenuation Blankets (SABs)
Sound attenuation blankets or batts are lightweight, flexible, and unfaced fiberglass insulation batts designed to offer better noise control in metallic wall cavities of various interior partitions. They are manufactured to fit metal framing, come in a broad range of thickness options, and with lengths of up to 9’. Sound attenuation batts offer excellent acoustical performance, are easy to fabricate, and easy to install.
Polyethylene
Polyethylene insulation is durable, lightweight, and resilient closed-cell material. It is resistant to chemical corrosion, moisture, and is associated with superb strength and tear resistance. Polyethylene foam from UFP Technologies has non-dusting capabilities, outstanding shock absorption properties, high load-bearing capabilities, and offers reliable protection against vibrations, fire, noise, and water. This type of insulation is easy to process, fabricate, and install.
White Rigid Foamboard
This type of insulation easy to use and is an excellent DIY way to add insulation into your home. The foamboards come in standard-size sheets, small sizes, and their thickness ranges from ¼ inches to about 2 inches. White rigid foamboard insulation is a reliable alternative to the common fiberglass batts insulation installed in most properties. Note that foamboard insulation has a high R-value per inch of thickness. This type of insulation is moisture-resistant and easy to work with.
Safe ’n’ sound
This soundproof insulation is a stone-wool product used in interior wall partitions of residential steel and wood stud construction. It’s particularly useful when acoustical performance and superior fire resistance are required. The material is easy to cut and has perfect sound absorbency. The insulation material does not rot or promote the growth of mildew or fungi. Lastly, the insulation material is moisture-resistant and maintains outstanding insulation properties.
Reflective Insulation
This type of insulation is designed to help properties reflect heat instead of absorbing it. It’s faced with foil kraft paper, cardboard or plastic film and you can fit it between joists, beams, or studs. Depending on your preferences, you can choose from different options. Remember, each reflective insulation option has unique properties that make it ideal for use in commercial and residential properties. Visit Bernardi Building Supply to choose the right reflective insulation that you will never regret.
Rigid Foamboard
If you’re building a new home and intend to ensure that the property is perfectly insulated, rigid foamboard is an excellent option. This form of insulation shouldn’t be installed in already existing properties. Instead, it’s used by contractors in new construction to ensure maximum energy efficiency. It’s made of polyurethane and is perfect for unvented roofs and unfinished walls. Rigid foamboard is available as foam panels that you can cut.
Bernardi Building Supply offer a wide range of Commercial and Retail Insulation Products. We offer best choices for your House Insulation needs. With over 45 years of experience, we know how to meet our customers’ needs and provide the best service we can. We offer only the top brands of insulation supplies available and always stay on top of the latest industry trends.

At Bernardi Building Supply, we feel that customer satisfaction and great service are at the top of our priority list. Whether your needs are for residential or commercial, renovations or new construction projects, our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will be there to offer the most reliable advice about our large selection of insulation supplies. We stock quality products that we are proud to sell and are always looking for new, innovative items to add to our inventory. We maintain a strong relationship with our suppliers so that we in turn can better serve our customers and honor our commitment to them.

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Our company ranks among the most extensive full-service companies for insulation products in the Toronto area. spray foam insulation, roll basement insulation to Tyvek house wrap, sound attenuation blankets, and much more. All of our insulations supplies come from top-rated suppliers who back their products with years of experience and concern for the safety and well-being of the planet and those who live on it. Whether you are a professional contractor or a do-it-yourselfer, you will find whatever you need in our broad variety of insulation products. We can even custom order products that we normally do not keep in stock. Our helpful staff will be able to guide you toward whatever you need for that large construction project or that smaller around-the-house fix up.

The goal at BBS is to stand out from the other insulation supply companies in the Toronto area. We will do whatever it takes to meet this goal. From stocking a large selection of high quality insulation products and supplies, ensuring that our customers get exactly what they need for their projects, to making the ordering and delivery process smooth and efficient, our company is dedicated to providing the best products and service for our customers. When you think insulation supplies, the first name that comes to mind is Bernardi Building Supply.

The Benefits of Insulation

Insulation products and supplies provide many benefits for your home or building. Proper insulation can save you money on heating and air conditioning costs. Houses or buildings that are not insulated properly can allow heat transfer, leading to wasted energy. This will increase your energy costs and also make your heating and air conditioning unit work harder than it needs to, which will shorten its lifespan, costing you more money in the future.

Installing the proper insulation can also make your home more comfortable due to its sound absorption qualities. Insulation can absorb unwanted noise from appliances, audio equipment, and other causes of noise pollution. It can even prevent sound from being transmitted through the walls and floors of your home or building. Your home or building will also remain more comfortable with insulation that will keep the temperature at a more constant and consistent level.

Insulation can even keep your family or the people in your building healthier. Using formaldehyde-free insulation can reduce exposure to this toxic chemical. Insulation can also keep moulds and mildews from growing in your walls, ducts and ceilings posing dangerous health hazards.

For these reasons it’s important to know about the type of insulation products that you purchase. There are many type of insulation and the choices can be overwhelming. While you want the best insulation that you can get, you want something that will be cost-effective for your project. You should come to a reliable, knowledgeable supplier like Bernardi Building Supply whose helpful staff can guide you to get the best performance and biggest savings from your insulation purchase.

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