Bubble: Single And Double Bubble Insulation vs Prodex Total

Bubble Insulation, Bubble Wrap, Foil Only Radiant Barriers and Prodex Total - What's The Difference?

Foil Only           Single Bubble Wrap  Double bubble Wrap     Prodex Total 

Foil Only Radiant Barriersingle bubble - radiant bubble foilDouble bubble insulationProdex Total Insulation cross sections

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  1. Bubble insulation for Sale | Price | Buy
  2. Comparisons to Prodex Total
  3. Measuring R-values
  4. Difference between Single and Double Bubble
  5. Prodex Insulation For Sale
  6. Reviews

 Bubble Wrap Insulation For Sale: 

white poly reflective insulation cross sectionReflective Bubble White Poly Insulation: 4 ft x 125 ft roll. Single bubble insulation. Radiant barrier composed of 1 layer of 5/32 inch (4mm) polyethylene bubble sandwiched between layer of metalized, low emissivity surface and 1 one layer of white polyethylene.  

reflective bubble reflective insulation cross sectionReflective Bubble Reflective Insulation: 4ft x 125 ft roll. Single bubble insulation. Radiant barrier composed of 1 layer of 5/32 inch (4mm) polyethylene bubble sandwiched between two metalized, low emissivity surfaces.  

The above items are single bubble insulation. We do not offer double bubble wrap because we aren't able to justify its pricing relative to Prodex Total or single bubble wrap insulation.

Bubble (or bubble wrap) Insulation Prices | Buy 

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Comparison Chart: Prodex Total, Double Bubble, Single Bubbled and Foil Only Radiant Barrier

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Bubble Insulation vs. Prodex Total

Bubble and Prodex Total are both suitable for metal buildings, pole barns, homes, attics, roofs, walls, crawlspaces, garages and more - Both are considered reflective insulation products, provide R-value, a radiant and vapor barrier protection. That's where the similarities end...

Take a look at the photos above. Even if you didn't know anything about bubble wrap insulation or Prodex Total, which one would you choose? The obvious choice is Prodex Total. It has a high quality core that keeps its shape when exposed to forces. Prodex Total has a nominal thickness of 0.2 inch (5mm) and 0.4 inch (10mm) closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced foil facing. Under pressure, the Prodex micro-cells do not collapse -- With a pressure of 6 PSI Prodex compresses just 6%. When the load is relieved it takes back its initial shape. The density of the foam is between 1.25 lb/ft (sq) - 1.87 lb/ft (sq). This gives the material real body.

What is the Difference between Single Bubble and Double Bubble Insulation?

Bubble insulation is composed of either one (single bubble) or two (double) layers of air bubbles sandwiched between two metalized surfaces. Once either is punctured, it collapses (POPS)!  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 (photos above).

Single and Double Bubble Insulation can POP!

Is The Best Bubble Wrap Insulation Single of Double Bubble? 

We see little difference between the performance of single and double bubble wrap 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 our single bubble reflective bubble reflective insulation rather than a double bubble. You'll get virtually all the benefits of the double bubble while saving money.

Because bubble insulation has a core composed of air rather than closed cell polyethylene foam, it lacks the long-term consistency in performance of Prodex Total Insulation.

Foil Only Products Are Not Insulation

foil only vs. Prodex Total

Foil only products are typically perforated and composed of two metalized surfaces with a mesh woven in for strength. It is not a vapor barrier, it has no R-value - It is not insulation per se. It's a thin layer of reflective low emissivity film installed with an airspace to block radiant heat transfer between a surface that radiates heat. We refer to these products as foil only radiant barriers.

Unlike foil only products (no inner substance), Prodex Total protects against the energy transferred via conduction and convection. Prodex is a radiant barrier + insulation Vapor BarrierMore than just a radiant barrier, Prodex Total is one solution for Heat, Cold, and Water. Prodex prevents condensation, heat from coming in and heat from getting out of your building!

Measuring R-value

The R-values of reflective insulation and mass insulation are based on the same fundament equation. The ability to stop heat transfer. Learn more...

Prodex Total Difference: HIGER R | STRONGER | SAFER compared to Bubble Insulation

  • Reflective reinforced foil
  • Closed-cell polyethylene FOAM center
  • Seals around nails (no leak)
  • Keeps its shape over time (doesn't collapse)
  • Rippled surface increases airflow
  • Green product
  • Passes stringent fire tests (See technical data tab on product pages)
  • Does not promote mold or mildew
  • Does not provide for nesting of rodents, bugs or bird
  • Prevents 97% of radiant heat transfer
  • Vapor barrier
  • Prevents condensation

Prodex Total Insulation Solves Condensation, Heat and Cold Challenges

Any metal building  or pole barn that uses fiberglass insulation rather than Prodex Total will have moisture issues (hidden behind facing), Loss of R-value (consequence of the moisture) and heat gain. Prodex Total is also a vital part of a complete house insulation system.

Learn more about reflective insulation

10M Prodex Total

Insulation For Sale - Prodex Total

10M PlusR22, Thickness: 10mm (0.4") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced reflective foil.

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5M PlusR17Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam covered on both sides with reinforced reflective foil. Included in this Group: 48 inchFast Action72 inch24 inch, and 16 inch.

White 5M Plus Prodex Insulation

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

rustic prodex insulation roll

RUSTIC 5M R15Thickness: 5mm (0.2") closed cell polyethylene foam with reinforced foil on one side and wood finish facer on the other side. 



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Prodex Total Eliminates Condensation 

Prodex eliminates the moisture and ice dams from forming on roof and walls. When the heat or cold from outside comes through the sheathing it hits the outside aluminum facing of Prodex and is reflected back upwards through the underside of the sheathing. This process keeps the sheathing temperature consistent on both sides. In addition, the inside layer of aluminum in Prodex reflects away the heat (heater) or cold (air-conditioning) from inside the building, from getting to the sheathing. This also helps in preventing condensation. 

Prodex Total Insulation (Vapor Barrier, Class 1. perm<0.1 ).

Prodex Total Prevents Radiant Heat Transfer

How Foil Insulation Keeps home cool and warm

Prodex Total reflects 97% of the radiant energy (primary source of heat flow) that strikes it. Prodex also reflects back the heat inside your building or home. Each unit of radiant heat energy that is reflected away from your building or home 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 Keeps You Warm

The Prodex Total R-value is  not affected by humidity. This feature cannot be over emphasized. There is humidity in every location.  Your insulation must work in these conditions. 

Install Instructions

It's a lot easier and less expensive to install a 5mm roll of Prodex, or bubble wrap insulation than a bulky 6 inch roll of fiberglass or spray foam. Pinching 6 inches fiberglass between the framing and sheathing is not easy. It's really tough having to use a wire mesh to hold fiberglass in place on an existing building. Spray foam is not DIY friendly.

Prodex Total or bubble can be installed before or after your sheathing.

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More benefits of Prodex Total Insulation

Prevents Rodents, Bugs and Birds from Nesting

Unlike fiberglass insulation, Prodex does not provide for the nesting of rodents, bugs and birds. Rodents, bugs and birds aren't able to digest the aluminum.

Deadens Sound of Rain and Hail

Metal skin on a building can exaggerate the sound of rain and hail. Prodex has an excellent 19db sound deadening. 

Increased Lighting Efficiency

Prodex provides a bright, attractive finish to your building. It reflects the light, making it easier to light the building interior.

How do I know this is a great product?

Prodex Total is ICC-ES recognized. BBB link bottom right of every page. Real-time customer comments on every product page. Independent reviews by Site Jabber (bottom right of every page).

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  5. Over 4 billion square feet sold worldwide.

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Bubble insulation lacks the quality core and reinforced surface of Prodex Total. It takes more than metalized film and air to make a quality insulation. If you only have metalized film and a mesh than you don't have insulation. If your product is composed of air bubbles it's subject to collapse in time or lose effectiveness when punctured. It requires a quality core of foam and reinforced foil to make a great insulation.

Prodex Total Insulation = Insulation + Radiant barrier + Vapor barrier + Air barrier - All in One Product!

Updated December 27, 2020


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gulkanaseafoods: Friday, May 6, 2016

Hello folks – I bought some of your Prodex insulation last year and am quite happy with the additional insulation value we get when we line our seafood boxes with this material. I currently use a foil bubble bag in my seafood shipments but felt I needed a little more insulation R-value in my boxes. Your material provides that extra I’m looking for. Bill

stuffystuff99: Friday, May 29, 2015

I was looking for something thin and with a great r value. Home Depot and Lowes had nothing but some styrofoam with a very very low r value. I kept googling and found your site. At first I was super excited because I thought I could pick up the insulation since I thought you were in Castle Rock, and save on shipping(which is real expensive). But even after finding that I would have to pay shipping costs, I was excited about your product. I even told the guy at the pro desk at Home Depot all about your company. He seemed very interested.I figured that people should have a viable option at their local stores and I thought it would surely be a great opportunity for your company if Home Depot started to carry your product. I gave him your company's name and information and the website name. I love the fact that you produce in the USA and give jobs to our people. I know many are struggling financially now. We put the insulation in a cabin over the pink inusulation. This cabin was built in the early 1900's and it is on the side of a mountain. Nothing about the cabin is plumb so I wanted extra insulation value added to the pink stuff. It is easy to carry and put on. I love the fact that it seals when you put a nail through it. I love the fact that animals can't nest in it. Come this winter I am sure we will reap the benefits of this product. My first order went in the cabin walls. My second order will go under the cabin in the craw/walk space. It will be totally sealed under there by fall and then we can put the pink stuff between the floor joists and then put your product over that and then seal with some sheets of ply wood. Should be cozy. We had a furnace installed a couple of weeks ago under there with a small vent blowing under there, so it should stay nice and dry. Whoever came up with this idea is a hero in my book. Thank you! God Bless! Sincerely. Robin M.

Larkin Palmer: Sunday, October 25, 2009

We are so glad you recommended we use your Prodex Total Insulation with adhesive in 2 layers for our steel RV garage. You were right about the quantity of 11 rolls that it would take to cover our building. We love it. It not only insulated well but it also works as a great sound barrier. We also love the reflective tape you sold us but we are short 2 rolls to complete our building as we liked how well it seals and also how much better the insulation looks to cover every seem.



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