The best insulation batt for your house, Pink Batts vs Earthwool?
Pink Batts vs Earthwool
Confused about Pink Batts vs Earthwool?
Well, this article will clarify all your questions and concerns. Both are top-class products, but depending on your insulation requirements; one can be better than the other. Still, Earthwool may be the best option after considering the unique features that we are going to discuss in detail today. Well, it is dead simple. Both the products are made of sand and recycled glass bottles. In other words, both are Glasswool insulation products. As the names suggest, pink batt is a pinkish thermal barrier, and Earthwool takes a brown color. Anyway, the color of the thermal barrier doesn't determine anything like the efficiency or durability. Australia is a country where we come across four seasons every year, but winter and summer are the challenging seasons when considering temperature fluctuations. Both these Glasswool insulation products can protect you from winter cold and summer heat.
Both the products are batt types; hence you can install without blowing or spraying machines. Also, no dangerous contaminants such as asbestos, providing your family with a healthy environment. Well, none of the present thermal barriers come with asbestos; hence you don't need to worry about cancer or asbestosis. But, homeowners tend to make mistakes when installing the thermal barrier themselves. Leaving gaps between the batts is an often-made mistake by homeowners. So, if you are concerned about making mistakes; hire a professional installer who will do it perfectly for you.
When maintained according to manufacturer's recommendations, pink batts and Earthwool will serve you for decades. Both the insulation types can handle water ingress, mold growth, and dust well. Anyway, inspecting the thermal barrier at least once a month is your responsibility as the property owner. Even though present products can withstand water ingress, the efficiency of the product will go down by it. Anyway, both the products can withstand common insulation killers to a greater extent, and we give decades of warranty for both the products. A quick tip: wildlife attacks and attic fires are pretty well-known in Australia, and those two incidents can destroy the thermal barrier in no time. So, if you hear noises from the attic; paying attention to it is highly advisable. Anyway, don't get into the attic yourself if you suspect wildlife presence. Also, stick to the standards and regulations set on the minimum distance to maintain between insulation and downlights.
If you have visited our blog before; you may already have an idea of the R-value. OK, will briefly explain to you the R-value again. It is the measurement that determines how efficient is an insulation product. For example, R2.0 wall insulation batts. If R2.0 is printed on the package; no matter the manufacturer or the type, the batt offers the same thermal protection. In other words, an R2.0 pink batt provides the equivalent thermal protection as an R2.0 Earthwool batt. Just read the packing carefully. A quick tip: if you are not sure of which R-value suits your climate; contact an expert in the industry. Of course, you can call us and get the big picture of it.
Best Wall Insulation
In reality, there's nothing call the BEST insulation. Anyway, you will benefit from installing a particular insulation type than installing another type. For example, we offer a 50-year guarantee period for Earthwool, which is sufficient for property owners in Australia. Or, you can categorize the best product by considering ease of handling and installation. In this case, Earthwool has gained popularity in Australia today as it is easy-to-install when compared to other insulation types. The different binder use for it makes it less itchy. Lack of storage space needed is the second advantage of Earthwool, and the highly compressed packaging is the reason behind this advantage. In summary, Earthwool overtakes the pink batt in terms of easy installation and handling.
Well, the best wall insulation type may depend on the installer too. For example, expert insulation installers fancy the batt to be firm for effortless installation. A soft batt can settle down with time; hence the overall efficiency can go down gradually. In this case, the pink batt and Earthwool take top spots as they both are rigid options when compared to most other batt types available in the market today.
The Smell factor
Well, this was an issue with old days' insulation products. The smell of it spreads all across your home, especially when installed on the roof and attic. In this case, we can keep Earthwool on top as the manufacturer claims that their product doesn't come with a strong smell; as the manufacturer uses organic bonding methods (glue from plants,) where the pink batt uses urea, leading to a strong cat-pee-like smell. So, if you are looking for insulation for an attic conversion room; you know what to install now, don't you? Remember, the attic conversion room is a confined space; hence a strong smell can give you a hard time when living in there.
R 2-2.5 Wall Insulation Batts
As mentioned, Australia is a country where four seasons take place, but the temperature doesn't drop or rise like in Canada and Russia. So, you will benefit from installing R2.0 insulation within the cavity wall structure. A quick tip: the walls according to BCA must have a total R-value of R 2.8; this includes cladding (brick, polystyrene, wheatear board etc. ) and timber frame, air gap, insulation, and plaster. And, the minimum wall insulation for Victoria is R 2.0, but most ER this day require R 2.5. Wall insulation installation can be a challenging task if the wall structure is already completed; hence; leaving it to a professional insulation installer is highly advisable. A single error will lead to thermal barrier's lack of efficiency, and it will waste your time and money in the long run.
Some Final Words
So, which insulation type would you choose for your home now? As explained, pink batts and Earthwool are top-class insulation products that have managed to gain popularity in the Australian insulation market today. There's nothing called the best insulation type; it is the one that suits your property the most, but Earthwool comes with a few additional advantages when compared to pink batt and other ordinary thermal barrier options. Also, the best type may vary from installer to installer and homeowner to homeowner. Yes, you will focus on the price too here. Calculate the total area to insulate and prepare your budget for it. Price-wise, both the products are almost equal. Got any more questions regarding these products? Give us a call, we are here for your help!
The color of the batt doesn't determine anything other than the look. The R-value is the crucial factor to consider. R2.0 is ideal for wall insulation. We don't get a harsh winter and a summer in Australia; we are lucky in that way so!