There are a ton of insulation types comprising of different sizes. Due to many types, bulk and reflective insulation are quite popular choices amongst many home owners. Let’s take a deep brief introduction to these 2 types of insulation.
- Bulk Insulation – Let’s start off with bulk insulation where it is used for trapping air from tiny spaces or pockets of a structure. Second, it also acts a shield in blocking off the entry of heat into the structure. The only drawback of bulk insulation is that it does not have any form of R-value that cannot be predicted as whether it works well under high temperature locations or cold temperature.
- Reflective Insulation – After bulk insulation comes reflective insulation which again acts as a barrier to reduce the flow of radiant heat that is being emitted from the surface. Opposite to the bulk insulation, reflective insulation requires gaps or spaces in the region of 25mm to work in the best possible manner. Furthermore, the R-value of reflective insulation is known to be on the higher side making it compatible to use in locations where the temperature is high. The drawback of this insulation is when used in cooler climate regions, it loses its effectiveness. Depending on the season, the R-value of reflective insulation during summer is R0.9 while in the winters it is somewhere in the region of R0.0.23.
In conclusion, choosing between the bulk and reflective insulation depends on the region’s temperature. Reflective insulation works best in high temperature regions and the opposite can be said for bulk reflection even if it does not have an R-value.
Make sure you choose the correct insulation in Canberra before installing one.