Many of us have ceiling insulation to keep our homes warmer in the winter and
cooler in the summer. But what about underneath our homes? After all, the
floors are the same size as the ceilings. If your home has an uninsulated timber
floor, then it could be increasing your energy costs, and reducing your comfort.
Timber floors are just 19 millimeters thick. It's not very well known, but
timber is a poor insulator. That means that heat will pass through it readily.
So in winter, your expensive heating will be continuously lost through the floor.
Not only that, but your own body heat will be lost through the floor. That's
because your feet make such good contact with that surface. Depending on the
construction of your home, you could have excessive heat gain through your floor
in the summertime, and this will make it more difficult to keep your home cool on
those hot days. The answer, is to insulate under the floor! There are a number of
materials which can be used to do this. For example occasionally we come across
fiberglass batts, held up with chicken wire, string, or packing straps.
This is not effective nor permanent, as the batts often sag, and are not held firmly
against the floor. They gain moisture and are taken away by rodents for nesting
material. Rigid foam or pleated reflective batts, rely on still air layer
between them and the floor in order to be effective. In practice, this is very
difficult to achieve. At ecomaster our philosophy is to use the best
available material and installation practices, to ensure you get an effective
job that lasts the lifetime of your home. That's why we only use polyester
insulation. This consistently high quality product comes in long rolls and
that means fewer joints, making it even more effective. It's heat bonded so it
doesn't rely on formaldehyde glues, which off gas and may deteriorate over time. It
doesn't absorb moisture, it's non allergenic, and the fibers are very
strong, which means it can be stapled in place. Our installation technique holds the
insulation firmly against the floor, to give you maximum insulation value, that
will withstand the test of time. Our installation teams can take care of the
whole thing for you, or if you're a DIY kind of person, we can supply you with
the material and installation instructions, so you can get on with a
quality job yourself. A well insulated floor will make your home more
comfortable, cheaper to run, and better for the environment too!