Polystyrene insulation and its advantages
Heating bills are certainly not getting any cheaper and with so many people feeling the pinch in different areas of their lives, it’s no surprise that home insulation has become a very popular way to cut down on heating bills.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Polystyrene Insulation and its
Heating bills are certainly not getting any cheaper and with so
many people feeling the pinch in different areas of their lives, it’s no
surprise that home insulation has become a very popular way to cut
down on heating bills.
Insulating your home can help you save a good deal of money on
heating bills since it essentially prevents heat from escaping through
the walls during the winter and therefore reduces your need to heat
your home. It also helps to keep your home cool in the winter since
it blocks any heat from entering.
There are many different types of insulation available, including
fiberglass, expanding foam and polystyrene. Polystyrene insulation
has become increasingly popular thanks to its relatively easy
installation and reliable performance.
Below is a guide to polystyrene insulation, including the different
types that are available as well as its advantages and downsides.
About Polystyrene Insulation
Polystyrene insulation can be used in both commercial and
domestic properties and has some unique benefits that make it
such a popular choice. Not only is it effective at keeping a property
well insulated but it also helps to reduce noise. Also the fact that it’s
waterproof means it lasts a long time making it an excellent choice
for almost any type of property.
Below are the two main types of polystyrene insulation –
Expanded polystyrene insulation – Expanded polystyrene is the
cheapest option but also the least desirable in most cases. The
reason for this is because it’s formed by pockets that are filled with
air, it’s not a particularly effective insulator.
Extruded polystyrene insulation – Extruded polystyrene insulator costs
more but is also a much better insulator. It is formed by combining
solid polystyrene crystals with additives, both of which are then
melted. The resulting liquid material can then be moulded and
once it’s cooled, can be shaped and cut as required. The insulation
you get from using extruded polystyrene is very smooth and reliable
– making it preferable to many other types of insulation. It can also
be shaped in many different ways, including foam sheets, blocks
and concrete mould.
Using polystyrene insulation does come with some downsides.
Because it is flammable, it has to be chemically treated before it
can be used as insulation. This adds to the overall cost. Also the fact
that it is water resistant means that moisture can accumulate in the
walls where it’s used.
The cost can be seen as the biggest downside of using polystyrene
insulation. The materials used to produce it are not cheap by any
means and the process used to manufacture and treat polystyrene
insulation means that it can end up costing significantly more to use
in comparison to alternative insulation materials.
That being said, polystyrene insulation should be viewed as an
investment rather than an expense. Whilst it may cost more to install
initially, the benefits that you get from it – whether it ’ s for a
commercial or domestic property – far outweigh the expense and
will provide excellent cooling and heating properties for years to
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