Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Insulation And Fire Protection

 

Insulation and Fire Protection: What You Need to Know

Insulation is essential for keeping your home warm and cozy during the winter, and cool and comfortable during the winter. Investing in insulation for your home is one of the most cost-effective ways that you can reduce your monthly energy costs, and if often one of the easiest ways to improve your comfort while lowering your bills.

However, many homeowners neglect to take fire safety into consideration when choosing their insulation, and often choose styles of insulation which haven not been properly tested and approved for fire safety.

Luckily, there are a variety of options available which are not only effective at controlling your indoor temperature, but which can slow the spread of a fire in the event of an emergency. Keep reading to learn more:

Fibreglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is a common type of insulation found in many homes throughout Canada. This style, as the name implies, is made up of extremely small, fine shards of glass fibers which have been spun into rolls, batts, or used as loose-fill insulation.

Because it is made of glass, most fiberglass insulation is noncombustible, which means that it doesn’t need to be treated with a flame-retardant chemical to protect it from being engulfed in flames. Some forms of fiberglass insulation come covered in foil or paper coverings, and need to be installed behind a code-approved barrier to be considered safe against fire hazards.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray insulation or foam insulation is made from foaming products such as polyurethane and polyisocyanurate is popular because it is highly versatile. For example, foam insulation can be sprayed into unfinished attic floors, wall cavities, and more.

Some types of spray foam insulation can ignite at temperatures as low as 370 degrees Celsius, and require that a thermal barrier is fitted over the top once the insulation is installed. However, low-density polyurethane foam spray is much more resistant to heat and flames, and won’t catch fire.

Mineral Wool Insulation

Mineral wool, which is also known as “rock wool” or “slag wool” is made from natural minerals including diabase and basalt, and is one of the best insulating and flame-retardant insulating materials that you can buy.

Mineral wool is made up of non-combustible fibers, which means that it doesn’t require additional chemicals or barriers to be installed to protect it from heat and flames unless it is installed with a foil or kraft paper barrier. Unlike fiberglass insulation, mineral wool will not melt in high heat.

Protect Your Property from Fires

Whether you’re installing insulation in your new home or commercial business, or need help assessing your current fire safety setup to keep you protected during emergencies, Bison Fire Protection are here to help. 

Contact us at 204-237-3473 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment with a qualified fire safety expert.

Posted by Rob Read at 4:20 PM

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