Kingspan Permifloor fastest to install?

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1 August 2014
Kingspan Permifloor fastest to install?
Which is the fastest to install? Three different products were installed in a 36 m2 suspended timber-framed floor – glasswool underfloor insulation batts, foil-faced polystyrene boards and Air-Cell Permifloor 500.

Insulation installation challenge reveals Permifloor as the easiest and fastest to install.

In a recent test of installation times of a number of different underfloor insulation products, Kingspan’s Air-Cell Permifloor 500 came out on top as the easiest and fastest to install.

Three different products were installed in a 36 m² suspended timber-framed floor – glasswool underfloor insulation batts, foil-faced polystyrene boards and Air-Cell Permifloor 500.

The installation of Permifloor 500 was timed at 27 minutes, with the glasswool underfloor insulation batts coming in a close second at 28 minutes. Meanwhile, the foil-faced polystyrene boards took 83 minutes to install.

Kingspan Insulation Marketing Manager, Mr. Karim Muri, says time savings is an important factor for builders and contractors.

“It means they can get the job done quicker and keep the whole project moving,” he says.

“Based on these results, if you consider an installation of a whole house of say 250 square metres, Permifloor 500 could take just over three hours, while foil-faced polystyrene boards could take nine hours,” he says.

“And compared to glasswool batts, it’s more comfortable to install because it’s fibre-free and doesn’t itch.”

Pre-cut to 500 mm widths, Kingspan Air-Cell Permifloor 500 is designed for an easy fit between standard timber joists at 450 mm centres. Wastage is minimised and while tape might be needed, no support accessories, such as saddles, are required.

The product also has unique perforations which allow excess moisture to drain, acting as a 2-in-1 insulation and moisture management solution.

“Some bulk insulation products deteriorate in performance when they absorb moisture, whereas Permifloor 500 isn’t affected by moisture. In an enclosed subfloor, Permifloor 500 can achieve winter performance of RT3.3,” says Mr Muri.

According to the Government’s Your Home website, up to 20% of heat can be lost through the floors in winter. 

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