OH&S Tips For Installing Insulation

Installing insulation in Melbourne can be a relatively easy task if you know what you’re doing. But knowing how it all goes in is only one part of the installation. The other part is the safety. It’s important to ensure you don’t injure yourself, as some parts of the installation can be a bit tricky. That’s why in today’s blog, we’re going to go through some helpful tips on how to safely install insulation yourself.

 

Protective gear

The first thing you should look at before you install your insulation is the appropriate apparel and protective gear. Even though a lot of insulation nowadays doesn’t irritate skin, it is still advised that you wear a long-sleeved top and pants to protect your skin. Thick safety gloves are a must as well.

Insulation – both loose and batts – will release fibres that will affect you in various ways. Safety goggles should be worn to protect your eyes from these fibres, as well as the dust. Most importantly, however, is the fact that you should wear a mask. This will stop you from inadvertently inhaling fibres and dust. Sturdy, close-toed footwear should also be worn.

 

Cutting the insulation

There is a certain finesse that comes with the art of cutting insulation. It’s not as simple as just using large scissors or a knife. You won’t always have to cut up your insulation – as the size you’ve purchased may already fit the wall cavity you’re planning to install it into – but there may be sections that need to be fitted with oddly-shaped insulation.

The correct way to cut our insulation batts is to use a utility knife. Some types of insulation will be easier to cut than others – such as glasswool insulation – which is quite easy to cut with a sharp utility knife.

 

Turn off your electricity

Before you begin the installation, ensure your electricity is completely switched off from the mains box. This is to ensure no accidents happen. If you have downlights in your ceiling, you should also ensure you do not install insulation too close to them, as they can be serious fire hazards. The minimum clearance for halogen downlights should be 20cm in every direction from the globe as well as a 5cm gap for transformers.

Make sure that your electrical wiring is appropriately sized as you don’t want it to be squashed by the insulation in the wall. This could result in the wires over-heating and become a potential fire hazard. Insulation with reflective foil is another possible fire hazard. If you’re working with insulation that has reflective foil, then you should keep it far away from electrical wiring and power outlets as the foil acts as a conductor.

 

Work in a well-lit space

Be sure you’re in a well-lit area when installing insulation. This will probably mean using portable floodlights that run off batteries. This especially applies for when you’re installing ceiling insulation, as it can get quite dark up there. For ceiling insulation, it can get quite hot when the sun is out, so it’s advised to commence installation as early in the day as possible to avoid getting caught in the heat. That being said, when installing wall insulation, it is advised that you work during the day to get the most out of the natural light.

 

Never work on your own

If you can, it’s wise to have at least one other person working with you when you’re installing insulation, especially in the roof. Not only will having others on the team speed up the process and make it a whole lot easier – but it is also to ensure that if something does go wrong, you’ll have someone there to help you.

 

Are you looking for some insulation in Melbourne?

Insulation is crucial to your home, so you’re going to want to make sure you pick the best type. Insulation Essentials is a Melbourne-based insulation company that is perfect for all of your insulation needs. We stock a variety of products with varying R-values and specialise in glasswool insulation. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you with any queries you may have when it comes to insulation in Melbourne and help you make the right choice for your home.

If you’re looking to purchase some insulation in Melbourne – or would like to know more about the installation process – then please give us a call on 03 8339 7111 or fill out the form on our website.

What To Know About CSR Soundscreen Insulation

CSR Soundscreen insulation is a fantastic way to simultaneously insulate your home with the added benefit of noise reduction as well. The sound-proofing quality is what separates CSR Soundscreen insulation from standard insulation products. It works the same way as any other insulation product, in that it’s placed inside your walls and ceilings.

With CSR Soundscreen however, you’d most likely place it around rooms you’d want to be a little more isolated sound-wise, such as a children’s room or a home theatre. It is important to note that CSR Soundscreen insulation is not a dedicated soundproofing product. Dedicated soundproofing products hold no insulation qualities – CSR products are for if you want a bit of both simultaneously.

 

What it’s made from

Made from mineral wool, CSR Soundscreen products are made up of approximately 65% of recycled glass and sand – as well as a variety of other raw materials. It is spun together using cutting-edge fiberizing technology. CSR Soundscreen insulation is made entirely in Australia.

 

How it works

The high-density insulation material absorbs sound waves that hit it and reduces them by up to 10 decibels, in comparison to standard insulation. Whilst it won’t completely soundproof a room, it will reduce the impact of noise travelling through the walls.

Being insulation, it also holds thermal properties. This is effective for your external walls as it will combat the cold in winter and keep your house cool in the summer. CSR Soundscreen products come in different types of R-values ranging from 1.7 – 3.1. It is important to make sure your house is up to the correct code when it comes to installing insulation. For example, when using the 3.1 batts it is recommended to add two layers to ensure you’re meeting the correct energy requirements.

Installing CSR Soundscreen is best done during the building stage of a home or during renovations. Whilst the product can be installed into an already built home, it is a more difficult process and involves replacing your plasterboard. CSR Soundscreen insulation comes in both 43cm and 58cm wide batts to be used in either a wall or first-floor ceiling in a two storey home.

 

Some of the benefits

It’s a known fact that excessive, unwanted noise can lead to things like stress and sleep disruption. Depending on which R-value you choose to go with, CSR Soundscreen insulation can absorb up to 75% of sound if installed correctly. This will go a long way in bringing loud noises down to an acceptable level.

Whether it be loud children, noisy neighbours, or even a partner playing a movie too loud in the next room, CSR Soundscreen insulation can effectively suppress the unwanted noise for a quieter and less stressful home environment.

Walls are not the only place you can install CSR Soundscreen products, however. If you have a two-storey home, then you might want to consider installing some in the ceiling to reduce the noise between the two floors. The same goes for external walls.

It’s recommended that no more than 40 decibels of sound should enter your living room from the outside and less than 35 decibels should enter your living room. Installing some CSR Soundscreen insulation into your external walls will not only help achieve these recommended levels but also act as insulation against the elements.

Some other benefits of this product include its suitability for being in the home of asthma and allergy sufferers, being a National Asthma Council Sensitive Choice Partner. It is also not a food source for insects or vermin, attracting much less than certain types of insulation usually would.

 

It adds value to a property

Homes with CSR Soundscreen insulation and other types of acoustic insulation actually add more value to the property. This is especially true for properties near main roads or train stations – places that have constant heavy traffic throughout the day and even night.

 

Looking at purchasing some CSR Soundscreen insulation?

Insulation Essentials stocks the full range of CSR Soundscreen insulation products for you to choose for your home or building site. With our products covering a wide variety of R-values, we’re sure to have exactly what you need to both insulate your house and fortify against unwanted noise both inside and out.

We offer quality insulation at wholesale prices. Our fast and effective online purchasing process is surpassed only by our quick delivery times and expert staff. If you have any further questions regarding CRS Soundscreen insulation then please do not hesitate to contact us on 03 8339 7111 or send us an inquiry through our website.

All About Earthwool Insulation And The Technology Behind It

Earthwool insulation is a very interesting type of insulation because unlike the others – which have multiple types created by different brands – there is only one brand that makes Earthwool. Earthwool is solely made by Knauf Insulation, who created Earthwool using ECOSE technology.

ECOSE technology was launched in 2009 and since then has been using renewable bio-based materials to create products that aren’t dependant on petrol-based chemicals, making them much eco-friendlier. There are no added acrylics, artificial colours, bleaches, dyes, formaldehyde or phenols.

 

What is Earthwool?

Earthwool is actually glasswool. In a very similar way in which glasswool is made. That is, millions of tiny glass fibres are mixed with a resin binding agent and then formed into a blanket. The exception here is that earthwool is made exclusively with recycled glass bottles and then bonded with the bio-based ECOSE technology, leaving out any of the added chemicals that typically go into making glasswool.

The result is a softer, odourless and naturally brown insulation material which is proven to be a more environmentally aware option than it’s chemically born brother. Earthwool insulation also holds lower embodied energy which impacts the environment less.

 

What are the benefits?

Earthwool insulation holds all the useful benefits that traditional glasswool does:

  • Fire resistance
  • Good sound absorption
  • Excellent thermal properties
  • Flexible installation methods
  • Can come in batts or rolls

But earthwool also has some improvements:

  • It’s much softer, almost completely itch free
  • The lack of chemicals means it has no lingering odour
  • Improved, overall durability
  • Pollutant manufacturing emissions are significantly reduced due to the lack of phenol and formaldehyde chemicals
  • According to the VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Indoor Air Quality emissions regulations, it is certified as “outstanding material” by Eurofins Gold
  • Natural brown colour

The fact that there is virtually no itch – unlike other insulation materials – and is also odourless are two big factors that have made this insulation material a popular one in recent years. The no itch factor also means it is easier to install yourself instead of hiring a professional to do it for you.

Earthwool insulation also implements a very effective and advanced means of compression when it comes to packaging. This means you get up to 55% more insulation per pack and per load. The poly packaging protects effectively against dust and most outside forces. When opened up the insulation will naturally resize itself to its natural size, ready to be used.

 

The revolutionary ECOSE technology

ECOSE technology uses a proprietary process to convert bio-based materials into an inert polymer. This technology creates an extremely strong binder – stronger than the standard resin binder containing formaldehyde and phenols used to make glasswool – that bonds mineral wool insulation strands together. This eco-friendly binder can also be used with other materials as well such as plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and particleboard. Some of the benefits of the ECOSE technology for earthwool insulation include:

  • It is based on rapidly renewable resources
  • The lower embodied energy in the binder helps to reduce environmental impact
  • Reduced manufacturing emissions
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • No artificial colours or dye are used

 

R-value

Knauf insulation makes both ceiling and roof-specific earthwool products with varying R-values, covering most of the R-value spectrum. Their wall range – green packaging – consists of R1.5, R2.0, R2.5 and R2.7 whereas their ceiling range is made up of R2.5, R3.0, R3.5, R4.0, R5.0 and R6.0.

Obviously, the higher the R-value, the more effective it is at insulating. It is important for you to figure out what sort of R-Value your house requires, this can be determined by a professional insulation expert. The different R-value types of earthwool typically come in packs of 430mm and 580mm to fit most joist centres. You can find a full list of our earthwool products here.

 

Choose the right insulation

Insulation is one of the factors that you shouldn’t overlook when building/altering your house. Keeping it warm in the colder climates and cool in the warmer climates is what you want. There are many different types of insulation to choose from and it is important that you choose the right one for your home. Insulation Essentials have years of experience and a wide variety of insulation products including Knauf’s wall and ceiling earthwool insulation products at wholesale prices.

If you need any further assistance or have any questions regarding earthwool insulation and what R-value is right for your home, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (03) 8339 7111 or send us a message through our website here.