How it works

How does roof insulation work?

Loose-fill ceiling insulation has the ability to keep your home noticeably warmer in winter and cooler in summer. However, how does this all work?

 

Air is a poor conductor of heat making it an effective insulator- as long as it’s not allowed to move. a Thermo-Floc® Loose-fill ceiling insulation has a light fibrous matrix. This matrix structure allows maximum air entrapment, hence excellent insulating properties as a roof insulation. The fibres themselves being molecular have a high thermal resistance thus minimising heat movement through the insulation material. Ceiling insulation works to prevent the transfer of heat through your ceiling by acting as a barrier to heat movement. By preventing heat gains and losses, Loose-fill insulation will keep your home naturally temperate and comfortable year round.

Summer

What our thermal camera reveals

 

As our summers are getting hotter, the effects of global warming are magnified within our homes.

 

This is a thermal image we took of a customer's house, you can see the surface temperature of the corrugated iron sheets has risen to 95°c with the trees foliage in the background remaining at a cool 23°c in the mid-summer heat.

 

Without any roof insulation, you can expect the internal surface temperature of your ceiling to be as hot, if not hotter than 40°c during a heatwave or the middle of summer depending on your roof type, topography and architectural design.

In summer, our hot African sun beats down on your roof. As a result, the air in your roof space to reach extreme temperatures, creating an oven effect. If no roof insulation is installed this heat is transferred through your ceiling making your living space extremely uncomfortable. By installing a Loose-fill insulation, you will be able to prevent the heat flowing downwards into your cooler home by up to 89%. Depending on your climate and current A/C usage, ceiling insulation will pay for itself within 2-3 years. Once radiating heat is blocked, a huge improvement is made to any interior rooms with ceiling insulation installed.

No insulation

With insulation

Winter

During our freezing winter months, a Loose-fill roof insulation will keep your home naturally warm by retaining the heat generated during the day inside your living space. Heat sources such as electric heaters, gas heaters or a fireplace are still necessary on the coldest days in most instances. If necessary, simply generate heat until you are comfortable, switch off the heat source and Thermo-Floc® ceiling insulation will retain the heat in your home for longer as it is no longer being absorbed through an uninsulated ceiling. The correct R-value and thickness of insulation is vital.

 

If you are going to leave doors and windows open to the outside during the coldest parts of the day, you will lose the heat energy within your home, even if your home is insulated. Some other factors that influence the energy efficiency of your home are topography, orientation of house, vegetation and architectural design. Some houses are colder than others are, therefore we must adapt our habits to regulate the energy efficiency of our homes. Ceiling insulation is the first start and most critical in creating a comfortable living space.

No insulation

With insulation