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Insulation Foam Board Problems 

Rigid Insulation Is Rigid!

Because foam board insulation isn't flexible, it does a poor job filling the gaps and cracks that exist in walls. As a result, air passes though these areas. 

Air traveling in an out will bring moisture with it. This can lead to a multitude of problems such as mold, mildew and rot. 

Prodex Total is flexible and it bends to fit any space requirement

Rigid Foam Insulation Does Not Prevent Radiant Heat Transfer

Radiant heat transfer is the primary source of heat-flow. Each unit of radiant heat energy that is reflected away from your home or building in the summer, and each unit that is reflected back during the winter, means less operation of your heating and air-conditioning system - Less wear and tear on your equipment - Less money you pay in utility costs.

Prodex Total reflects 97% of the radiant energy (primary source of heat-flow) that strikes it.


Alternative to rigid board - Prodex Total InsulationInsulation Foam Boards Don't Work On Uneven Walls

Basement walls often have contours where a 4x8 foam board won't fill the gap. This allows moisture to seep in. 

Excess moisture can cause mold, mildew, odors, decay, fungus growth and wood rot. Due to the underground environment, moisture is the primary consideration in developing  a basement wall insulation strategy. 

The underground environment of walls below grade presents unique challenges that insulation boards don't meet. The walls of a basement are exposed to the surrounding soil, which will contain water. The moisture content in soil below three feet deep is almost always higher than the moisture content of the air inside. This difference in vapor pressure causes moisture to be driven from the soil into the basement or crawlspace interior by diffusion through the wall. A significant amount of moisture from the soil below the slab will wick upward into the basement through the slab.

 Unlike foam board insulation,  Prodex Total is flexible (a roll insulation), it will adjust to the slight contours of your walls, filling the crack and gaps - A true vapor barrier. 

 Basement wall insulation installation graphicInstalling Basement Wall Insulation

Aliases of Rigid Foam Insulation Board

insulation board, board insulation, insulation foam board, rigid foam board,  4x8 foam board, styrofoam insulation board and rigid insulation.

Metal Buildings Better Off With Prodex Total vs. Foam Insulation Boards

Any metal building or pole barn that doesn't use Prodex Total will incur condensation and loss of R-value as a consequence of moisture in the fibers. The building will also get hot on sunny days from radiant heat transfer. 

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Comparison Chart Of Foam Board Insulation vs. Prodex Total

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Prodex Total 5M Plus R17. 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam covered  on both sides with reflective reinforced foil facing. Roll Sizes 

prodex insulation cross section

New White Prodex Total 5M PlusR15.3. 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reflective reinforced foil on one side and plastic white finish film on the other side.

Roll Sizes

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Rustic Prodex Total 5M R15  5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with aluminum foil on one side and wood finish facer on the other side.


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 White Prodex Total 5M PlusR15.3. 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reflective reinforced foil facing on one side and plastic white finish film on the other side. 


Prodex Total 10M New Tag

Prodex Total 10M Plus - R22 Twice as thick as regular Prodex Total. 10mm (0.4") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reflective reinforce foil facing. T


5 Reasons Replace Foam Insulation Board With Prodex Total 

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  5. Over 4 billion square feet sold worldwide.

Reviews - What to Believe

What Makes Prodex Total Insulation Superior to Insulation Boards?

  • R-value unaffected by humidity
  • Prevents 97% of radiant heat transfer
  • Vapor barrier
  • Prevents condensation
  • 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. 

Compare Insulation Board Price To Prodex Total

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Updated May 26, 2019



Timmothy Peters: August 15, 2008

I've used Prodex in my pole barn, attic, basement and crawlspace. It's need, keeps things dry and comfortable. 

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Customer Reviews
Paul C: March 12, 2012

Prodex Total was an easy install. I only needed my screw gun. I could tell the difference immedately. I'll use it in my crawlpace next. 

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