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Flash and Batt Insulation ProblemsBy admin
Thursday, 8 November 2018
It’s no secret that there’s many insulation materials available, and countless home improvement companies willing to sell you products to keep your home warm and comfortable. One of the more prevalent insulation types at the moment is flash and batt, which is growing in popularity.
A quick internet search, however, lists out lots of flash and batt insulation problems that homeowners are experiencing.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled the complete guide to flash and batt insulation problems, and the surprising solutions that are taking the market by storm…
What is Flash and Batt Insulation?
Flash and Batt insulation is the name used for a dual-type of insulation product. It’s a hybrid type of insulation that uses a layer of traditional fibreglass insulation next to a layer of closed-cell spray foam insulation.
The spray foam insulation layer is put into place to ‘make up’ for the fibreglass insulation’s shortcomings – namely, that it doesn’t work effectively as a moisture or air barrier.
The 3 Main Flash and Batt Problems
Flash and Batt insulation has three main issues. These are:
Thermal Bridging is Commonplace:
Contrary to popular belief, traditional fibreglass insulation acts as a thermal bridge, still allowing cold and heat to pass through it. The idea of flash and batt Insulation is that this is then blocked by the spray foam insulation.
However, the way that Flash and Batt Insulation is installed means that it’s built into wooden frames.
The beams within these frames can then compromise the overall effectiveness of the combined materials, as this too acts as a thermal bridge. This renders it less effective than using spray foam insulation alone.
Cost of Combined Materials:
As flash and batt insulation is two types of insulation sandwiched together, this adds considerably to the overall cost; as does the wooden frame within which it’s built.
This introduces three costs elements rather than one, making it a considerably more expensive insulation option than others.
Compromises Internal Air Quality:
The fibreglass material that’s incorporated within flash and batt insulation deteriorates over time, and releases allergens into the air.
It can also absorb water and moisture, which develops into damp and mould.
Whilst you may not see this, it effectively rots behind the spray foam insulation layer, and this degradation pollutes the air with dust and allergens.
As the UK’s leading home improvement company in the installation of spray foam insulation, with full British Board of Agrement (BBA) accreditation, we pride ourselves on providing a first rate insulation service, for homeowners across the UK.
Can Spray Foam Be A Stand Alone Product?
Absolutely! Utilising the very latest insulation technology, spray foam can be sprayed onto walls or ceilings, or injected into cavities as a standalone product, with no need for additional insulation layers or coverings.
Spray foam insulation contains no toxins, and will not deteriorate over time, with a noticeable improvement in internal air quality after installation. It acts as a complete moisture and vapour barrier, and consequently, will not become a breeding ground for damp or mould.
Having spray foam insulation installed creates a building envelope, protecting your property, and sealing it off from the outside world. This increases the energy efficiency of the property, and reduces the need for constant heating and cooling.
Existing customers of spray foam insulation report saving 35% from their household energy bills as a result of having it, meaning the return on investment from the installation can happen in less than three years.
As spray foam insulation requires no other insulation layers to be fitted, or any additional coverings, only one charge is levied for materials, instead of three. This makes it a good degree more affordable than Flash and Batt Insulation.
Professional Product, Professional Service
Spray foam insulation should only be installed by specialist technicians who are suitably qualified in their field.
We can visit your home, and carry out a full site survey with tailored advice based upon your property and circumstances, at a time which suits your schedule. This can be done completely free, and with no obligation to buy.
Ready to take the next step? Simply call 0800 1700 636 or click the button below to get started today!
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