Access Panel Insulation - Pros and Cons

Access Panel Insulation - Pros and Cons

Access Doors and Panels on 6th Mar 2019

Access Panel Insulation - Pros and Cons

Insulation is a building material that offers a wide array of benefits making it very versatile to use and install. Seasoned contractors and builders know that insulation is a cost-effective and practical solution to maintaining and retaining the temperatures both inside and outside space. As well as regulating temperatures, insulation can also act as a form of sound absorber – which can save some hundreds if not thousands when it comes to soundproofing space. Given insulations versatility, Access Doors and Panels shares the pros and cons of insulation – because while it can be versatile, there are some good and bad to consider.

Insulation Makeup  

Insulation is made with materials such as fibreglass, rock, slag wool as well as natural fibres – which is somewhat contrary to what some believe or perceive insulation to be, which is fluffy and soft. Depending on its use and purpose, insulation can be composed of rigid foam or sleek foils. Determining the type of material of insulation will be determined on the ideal goal and purpose. If a client is looking to retain heat, they will be recommended to invest in a denser type of insulation. If, however, if you are just looking to insulate a room or area where temperature control isn’t a priority, Styrofoam-like insulation that will do the job. Sprayed from a can or installed like a panel, insulation composition will vary on use and purpose.

Things to Consider 

The most common form of insulation is one that is made with fibreglass as it regulates temperature while also acting as a sound barrier. Fibreglass insulation is also used as it is considered a fire retardant.

Insulated panels and doors that are installed in places where there is a high level of condensation, insulation installation can actually help reduce condensation and reduce the potential for mould and mildew build up – both health hazards.

When choosing insulation, the choice of insulation will vary based on the need and use in a space. In spaces where there is exposure to moisture, choosing an insulation that can provide proper protection against condensation or water retention can help this problem. Knowing the type of insulation material and where to install it, is one reason it is important to have someone who understands one's goal and purpose of the insulation and therefore can help make the best recommendation.

R-Value  

When it comes to selecting the insulation to install, one consideration to bear in mind is the importance of understanding and knowing the purpose of the insulation you are going to be investing in. A builder and contractor can determine the ideal type and make of insulation based on criteria that are then matched to the recommended R-Value. This value is determined by an energy assessment. In some situations and depending on where the installation will be installed a contractor or builder who is well versed in insulation may make a recommendation on the ideal R-Value insulation to use.

In circumstances where a recommended R-Value insulation is given but isn't installed correctly, this can actually do more harm to the space. While installing insulation looks easy enough to install insulation, it is important to consider hiring someone who is trained and who knows how to work with the insulation selected. whether that is a spray foam or padding. If a home or business owner is determined that they can install insulation themselves, a quick fact about insulation is that the higher an R-Value, the better grade and quality of insulation - from thickness and density.

To Insulate or Not 

Whether you have an industrial or commercial building, the use of mineral fibre insulation can lead to a sustainable and energy efficient build. Spaces with pipes or areas that are exposed to extreme heat, insulation (the correct one) can act as a fire retardant, therefore, enhancing the safety of that possible hazardous space.

Buildings with HVAC units or ductwork, choosing an insulated access panel and doors can result in a reduction in sound transference.

From a health perspective, insulation can prevent mould and mildew build up, while also acting as a filter from airborne particles. Many commercial and industrial buildings implement strict building codes which require a minimum R-value of insulation, especially in certain rooms like that of the HVAC storage.

A Money Saving Solution  

When it comes to choosing a type of insulation, one the most significant benefits that come from having an insulated access panel or space, is the fact that you can rest assured no cold air is creeping in, that you have installed a material that will be mould preventative but more importantly, you are adding an element that makes your build energy cost-efficient and sustainable.

Choosing to go with a fibreglass insulation can protect against dangerous moulds and mildews that can grow inside walls, ducts and ceilings from moisture being trapped. In a way, there is comfort in paying a small price for a lifetime investment in taking preventive measures for your project.

Whether one is choosing to insulate in an effort to reduce energy costs or to abide by building code conducts - the installation of insulation has many benefits to a project; however, it does require proper research to ensure the optimal benefits.

At Access Doors and Panels, we offer a wide array of access panels and building products that are both insulated and not. Our knowledgeable staff are ready to help and provide the assistance needed to make that purchase. To view our inventory of insulated panels, visit us at https://www.accessdoorsandpanels.com/

6th Mar 2019 Access Doors and Panels