WHY CONSIDER USING CELLULOSE FIBRE?
The combination of recycled paper and the aerated installation method creates an excellent snug fitting insulating layer, resulting in a more ambient temperature throughout the year as well as saving electricity, gas or wood consumption. Real live tests on identical buildings found that cellulose fibre was 36% more airtight and saved 26.4% more energy than fibreglass or blanket type insulation, as well as kept the building 4 degrees warmer during colder months.
The new national building regulations (NBR) SANS 10400 – XA, require all new buildings and alterations to be insulated in order to save energy. (View Document Here)
With the extreme weather we are experiencing and rising energy costs, it makes sense to retrofit insulation on existing buildings. You will live in a better environment and the cost savings mean that the insulation will pay for itself.
Cellulose fibre has been approved by the SABS and fire tested SANS 428 and classified B/B1/2.
Eskom have completed studies on the different climate zones and a R-Value of 3.7 is recommended Down lights, fans and any heat source is protected by a galvanised sleeve.
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*The R-value is a measure of the thermal resistance of a material. The R-value given is the total measurement of the roof assemble and insulation combined.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What does it cost?
Cellulose is the most economical insulation available. The cost is dependent on the thickness of the cellulose, square meterage and the number of down light sleeves required.
How much energy will I save?
The City of Cape Town estimates up to 60% of your heating and cooling cost can be saved through insulation. (link to page) Ensure that you insulate your ceiling prior to installing air conditioning or heating as you might find that installation of air conditioners / heating is no longer required due to the efficacy of the cellulose fibre insulation.
How thick should it be?
The new building regulations recommend as a minimum “deemed to satisfy” thickness of between 100 to 135mm thick. This will give you an R-value of 3.7. (link to page)
How much does the temperature change?
The temperature will be a more ambient temperature. During summer months, the heat is prevented from penetrating the ceiling, keeping your home cool. During winter months, the warmth is kept inside. A house where we installed insulation in Fish Hoek maintains a temperature of around 21 degrees through summer and winter due to the living room/kitchen design and ceiling insulation. The other rooms fluctuate more due to bigger windows.
How long does the installation take?
An average size house (110 square metres) takes approximately four hours. The whole installation process is quiet, quick and clean. The installation process is also owner supervised.
What if I have an air conditioner or fire place?
You will need to use them a lot less often and for shorter periods. The required temperature is reached quicker and lasts longer once switched off. The effect is also spread further into the home.
Does it need maintenance?
No maintenance required.
I have old insulation that is not working?
Depending on the state of the insulation we can either remove it or spray over it. It is best to remove old fibreglass insulation as it breaks down and the fibres become toxic. We can top up Cellulose that was not installed to the new recommended thickness.
What if it gets wet?
Cellulose can handle small amounts of water as it will naturally dry out. Major leaks may need the insulation to be dried outside and then replaced. Generally all insulation materials trap water and need to be dried out.
I have a lot of wind in my roof?
Wind in the roof is a good thing as your roof needs to breath. Cellulose mats together and can handle a lot of wind. We can put netting if the wind is extreme.
What if there is a fire?
Test proved it is better to have Cellulose insulation as a fire retardant if you did have a fire. It will slow the fire down and may even help contain it. It also gets better with time.
What about allergies and is it safe?
Cellulose is non-allergenic and the fire retardant is also used in medicine.
Does it have a guarantee?
Cellulose comes with a lifetime guarantee as long as the insulation is not disturbed.