Although traditional rolled insulation is a common choice for many structures, that doesn't mean it's the only option, nor does it mean it's always the best. In some cases, you may find that your structure benefits from the use of continuous insulation instead. If you're insulating a building with a steel or concrete core, continuous insulation is likely to be your best choice. Here's a look at two key reasons why you shouldn't dismiss the idea of continuous insulation in your building.
Improved Structural Stability
Rolled insulation isn't as stable as continuous installation material. Rolled insulation is soft, and it can collapse or compress in the space between the walls over time. This can create gaps that will allow air to pass through the cavity and interrupt the climate control indoors. Additionally, rolled insulation is soft and susceptible to moisture damage. This can cause mold growth inside your walls.
Continuous insulation is made from solid foam construction, which eliminates the risk of settling or collapse. The foam insulation is designed to fill the entire wall cavity as well, which means there's no space for moisture or condensation to form.
No Thermal Bridging Issues
The gaps left behind from rolled insulation can create air pockets in the walls. These air pockets can actually cause heat to accumulate in those spaces. That heat can then transfer into the concrete pillars or metal beams. As that heat builds up, it can transfer into the interior walls through those beams and pillars, because the beams are attached to both the inside and outside wall. The heat transfer process is called thermal bridging, because the heat uses the beams as a bridge to transfer into the house.
The solid structure of continuous insulation encases the beams, posts, and studs to eliminate the risk of this transfer. Since the posts are all covered in insulation, they can't absorb heat through the process, so there's no heat to transfer to the interior walls.
Before you make any kind of insulation selection, you'll want to take some time to talk to your builder. This way, you can assess the benefits of continuous insulation for your structure. If continuous insulation is in your budget, you might find that the long-term cost savings in your balanced climate control makes it worth the initial investment. Just remember that continuous insulation should be put in place during the initial construction phase, so you'll want to make the choice early if you decide to use it. Consider speaking with a representative from Four Seasons Insulation Ltd if you have more questions or if you'd like to schedule an insulation appointment.Share