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Reviewing Different Types of Insulation Boards

In the current cost of living crisis and difficult economic climate, with fuel costs rising and bills increasing, you’re likely brainstorming ways to reduce your energy usage, improve your efficiency, cut down your bills and save yourself some valuable money. There are no end of gadgets and gizmos that businesses are flogging at the moment, with the promise of achieving all of that, but it’s hard to know who to trust. Furthermore, it’s pointless spending a ton of money of efficient appliances if the home you operate them isn’t efficient in itself. Therefore, improving the efficiency of your home, the structural building, should be your number one priority wherever possible. 

If you’ve already begun your search into efficient home improvements, you’ve likely come across the subject of insulation. Insulation is essential in maintaining a stable temperature in your home, stopping heat from escaping thus saving you money on your energy bills. However, you’ve also likely discovered the wide variety of options you have when it comes to improving the insulation of your home. Some are more expensive that others, some are more invasive. Some are more effective, and some are more inconvenient to install. How can you make the best decision?

Insulation Boards Are the Answer

In many regards, insulation boards tick all of the boxes. They are less expensive while still being highly effective in improving efficiency. They are easier to install and less disruptive to whole home than other methods of insulation. Hence, in any construction project, the installation of insulation boards has become a crucial component in creating a comfortable temperature within the home while working to keep energy bills low. The problem arises in the fact that within this one option, there are several more options to choose from! There are many different types of insulation board and as you might expect, they are not all created equally. Different types of board are suited to different purposes, so often the board you choose will depend on the project you’re working on. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try not to start panicking. Take a step back and start doing your research. Ask for other people’s opinions, look into various options and take into consideration the nature of the project and the budget you are endeavouring to stick to. As the ultimate purpose is to improve efficiency, we’ll get your started in your research by taking a brief look at the two insulation boards that have the highest thermal performance. These are the boards that have been tried and tested by builders and homeowners alike and come out on top as the most thermal efficient. 

PIR Insulation Boards

The best combination of being affordable, available, and efficient comes in the form of PIR boards. This foam board boats a thermal conductivity as low as 0.022 W/mK. These foam boards are inserted between two layers of facings and champion over other forms of insulation in many respects. One of the top brands to look out for Celotex – it’s become so synonymous with PIR insulation boards that a lot of people referrer to the material by the brand. With such a high performance and great reputation, the addition of a 100mm Celotex board into your walls will surely get you the results you’re after. 

Rigid Phenolic Insulation Boards

One of the best thermal insulation boards on the market is phenolic insulation as it is unrivalled in its thermal performance. Not only is it amazing at insulating, it’s also resistant to fire, water and mould so it makes for a very safe and versatile material.

In Conclusion

With a little bit of research and understanding, you can make a wise decision that improves your home efficiency and lowers your bills in the long run too.