Glasswool Spotlight: Bradford Vs. Knauf

There’s a reason glasswool batts are beloved and preferred over other types of insulation. They’re environmentally friendly, exceptional thermal insulators, non-combustible and also feature acoustic properties. At Insulation Essentials, we know it can be hard to pick the right type of glasswool insulation for your home – so we thought we’d publish this comparison article looking at four popular options to get you started on your search.

Bradford Gold Wall and Ceiling Insulation

Let’s start with Bradford’s flagship glasswool insulation batts – Bradford Gold. Bradford is Australia’s leading insulation manufacturer and has been producing quality insulation products locally for over 80 years. It’s no secret that in Australia, especially here in Melbourne, we can have some pretty erratic and extreme weather from time to time – and CSR Bradford knows this. Bradford Gold batts are made in Australia specifically for our environmental conditions, making them the perfect fit for your home.

Bradford Gold glasswool batts offer supreme thermal protection to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, reducing reliance on air conditioning and ultimately decreasing your energy costs – saving you in the long run. Made from 80% recycled materials – with the final 20% being composed of mostly sand (a truly abundant resource) – Bradford Gold batts are environmentally sustainable, 100% bio-soluble, low allergen and designed to improve comfort all year round. Additionally, Bradford’s manufacturing plants recycle the water they use – further reducing their carbon footprint.

All Bradford products, including Gold, are also guaranteed with a 70-year performance warranty so you know you’re getting a lifetime’s worth of quality insulation for what works out to be a fractional cost. Available for both ceiling and wall applications, Bradford Gold also comes in a high-performance variant that boasts even more efficient properties should you require a higher R-value.

Bradford Black Wall and Ceiling Insulation

For those who prefer a gentler touch, there’s Bradford Black. Bradford Black is CSR’s premium soft-touch, hypoallergenic glasswool product and is one of the easiest types of insulation to work with. This is because Bradford Black batts are extremely soft and low itch, making installation a breeze for professionals and homeowners alike. 

Like all Bradford products, Bradford Black batts are delivered in compressed, lightweight bags making them easy to transport. Once out of the bag, their soft-touch form will expand to its full width whilst retaining its rigidity to guarantee full thermal protection for years to come. These batts are easily distinguishable from other Bradford products as they’re white and fluffy – with a cotton wool-like aesthetic.

Bradford Black is sustainably manufactured using raw, renewable materials and features a new, organic binder. Like Bradford Gold and CSR’s other insulation products, Bradford Black is manufactured in Australia with our country’s environmental landscape in mind – so it’s designed to meet local standards and has the ability to endure anything that nature throws at it for the next 70 years. Bradford Black products are available for walls and ceilings.

Bradford Optimo Underfloor Insulation

Bradford manufactures their own specific line of underfloor insulation titled Optimo. Bradford Optimo is glasswool insulation made exclusively for use under suspended  floors for those that require that extra layer of insulation in their home. Bradford Optimo boasts all the fine qualities of the aforementioned Bradford glasswool products but with the singular intent of insulating your floor. Heat can penetrate your floorboards quite easily and freeze them in the cooler months – if you’re building a new home, then don’t forget to insulate beneath your floors.

National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice 

Sensitive Choice is a not-for-profit program that was established in 2006 by the National Asthma Council with the sole purpose of informing and guiding the public towards asthma and allergy-aware products and services. All Bradford insulation products are approved by Sensitive Choice and are highly recommended for those who require a gentler and more socially conscious insulation solution. 

Sensitive Choice-approved products are assessed by independent experts to ensure high-quality materials are being used to manufacture asthma and allergy-aware products. If you or someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies, then you can have peace of mind knowing that Bradford insulation will make life at home more comfortable. 

Knauf Earthwool

Knauf is an international brand who is most well-known for its Earthwool insulation products – glasswool that leverages their proprietary ECOSE technology to reduce itchiness and the environmental impact. Earthwool is manufactured in various countries overseas such as Russia, USA and UK. Like all glasswool products, it is non-combustible and features fantastic thermal properties with acoustic performance added into the mix. Knauf’s Earthwool products are available for ceilings, walls and underfloor applications.

Are you looking to buy glasswool batts in Melbourne?

Insulation Essentials is your one-stop-shop for all the finest glasswool insulation solutions. We stock a wide range of products from trusted brands such as Bradford and Knauf in varying R-values so you can find the product that’s suitable for your home. We also offer delivery and installation services with fast turnarounds so you can rest easy knowing your insulation has been installed efficiently by a professional.

Please give us a call on 03 8339 7111 or fill out our online contact form today if you would like to know more about our products and services.