Is The Best Insulation Type Moldy Fiberglass, Rigid Board, Wet Cellulose, Toxic Spray, Collapsing Bubbles or Prodex Total?
Foam insulation Board that's Rigid
Foam insulation board is rigid. Because it is not flexible, it does a poor job filling the gaps or cracks that may exist in your walls. As a result, you'll have air passage ways in and out of your home. Air traveling in an out will bring moisture with it. This can lead to a multitude of problems such as mold, mildew and rot. It also doesn't prevent radiant heat transfer.
Moldy Fiberglass Insulation
Moisture build-up between fiberglass and the building's exterior cannot evaporate, therefore mold, mildew and decay occurs. Warnings on the insulation rolls advise you to completely protect yourself from coming into any contact with fiberglass. Batts do not seal wall and ceiling cavities tightly. Fiberglass insulation R-value is reduced by thermal bridging, pinching and moisture.
Wet Cellulose Insulation
Moisture absorption makes it heavier, causing it to lose R-value. It is prone to create too much dust that is blown into the house through small cracks or holes around fixtures. It can be a health problem.
Toxic Spray Foam Insulation
If you need to wear a special suite to install, it must not be very safe. This chemical insulation agent (polyurethane and isocyanine) contains hazardous chemicals such as benzene and toluene. It won't prevent radiant heat transfer (the primary source of heat-flow in and out of a structure).
Collapsing Bubble Insulation
Bubble insulations are composed of either one (single bubble) or two (double bubble) layers of air bubbles sandwiched between two metalized surfaces. Once either is punctured, it collapses. Single bubble has a nominal thickness of 5/32 inch. Double bubble measures 5/16 inch. These measurements bear little resemblance to the effective measurement of the products. We see little difference between the performance of single and double bubble insulation. The latter simply has a second layer of air bubbles (A balloon with more air). Although we strongly recommend Prodex Total over either, if your budget doesn't allow you to purchase the quality of Prodex, we suggest you order single bubble rather than a double bubble. You'll get virtually all the benefits of the double bubble while saving money. We do not offer double bubble because we aren't able to justify its pricing relative to Prodex Total and single bubble.
Prodex Total Reflective Insulation
Prodex Total: 13/64 inch (approx. 3/16") - 5mm closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with .0012 inch (0.03mm) aluminum foil facing.
Prodex Total Reflective Insulation (The standard bearer of the reflective insulation industry) - R 16 reduces the transfer of heat across air space by the use of two surfaces having high thermal reflectance and low emittance. This thermal insulation uses closed cell foam plus two aluminum surfaces and trapped airspaces to form an efficient insulation system. ICC-ES Recognized, the R-value of reflective insulation and mass insulation is based on the same fundamental equation (The ability to stop heat transfer).
Prodex Total = Insulation R-value 16 + Radiant Barrier + Vapor Barrier
All in One Product!
5 Reasons To Believe Prodex Total Is the Best Insulation Type
1. Reviews by actual customers on product pages.
2. BBB report (bottom right of every page). This rating takes into account a company's size in its relation to complaints. We're proud to maintain an "A to A+" rating.
3. ICC-ES Recognized - ICC-ES is an evaluation service that takes independent test data for a variety of products and analyses it against a uniform Acceptance Criteria that is recognized internationally.
4. Independent reviews (bottom right of every page).
5. Over 3 billion square feet sold.
What Makes Prodex Total The Best Type of Insulation?
- R-value 16 unaffected by humidity
- Prevents 97% of radiant heat transfer
- Vapor barrier
- Prevents condensation
- 19dba contact noise reduction
- 90 degree Celsius (194 Fahrenheit) contact temperature rating
- UV resistance
- Does not promote mold or mildew
- Does not provide for nesting of rodents, bugs or birds
- Seals around nails (no leak)
- Made with 100% recyclable virgin raw materials.
Uses: metal buildings (voted best), pole barns, under concrete, walls, roofs, attics, ducts, crawlspace, house-wrap,shipping containers, garages, ceilings, basements...