Understanding What IsR Value in Insulation

Climate change, ozone depletion, global warming – it’s more important now than ever before to ensure that the insulation solution you choose for your home or business is eco-friendly and energy efficient.

At Tate’s Coating Services we’re specialists in the supply and installation of polyurethane spray foam. This method of insulation is both highly effective in reducing the amount of energy used to heat or cool a building or structure and reducing your CO2 emissions into the environment.

Energy costs to the environment to manufacture Polyurethane is less than that used to make batts.  Polyurethane is a product that is widely used.  It is constantly being perfected to make it even more environmentally friendly and efficient insulator.

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    Understanding what Is R-Value in Insulation

    Simply put, the R-value is a measurement of an insulation solution’s thermal resistance or heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating properties that form of insulation has.

    One of the main advantages of polyurethane spray foam insulation is that it has a higher R-value when compared with other forms of insulation such as fibreglass batts, board insulation, or foil insulation. This means it’s more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly.

    The ’R” value of conventional fibreglass insulation is measured ina perfect environment.  When it is actually applied to a house, due to the airflow and subsequent leakage, the efficiency of the batt is compromised and thus delivers a lesser ‘R’, value than its original form.

    Polyurethane on the other hand maintains its thermal properties and maintains its properties throughout its life.  Upon application, Polyurethane creates an envelope of the building that seals any leakage and consequently reduces the airflow dramatically ensuring that the ‘R’ value is true and permanent.  For this reason, it is not necessary to spray PU to the same thickness of a batt to achieve the required ‘R’ value.

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    Eco-friendly benefitsof polyurethane spray foam

    Long-lasting – with a life span of 30 to 50 years

    Energy-efficient

    Non-ozone depleting

    No release of volatile organic contents (VOC’s) into the atmosphere

    Non-allergenic

    No solvents

    Minimal odour

    High R-value rating

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