Thermal roof insulation is usually installed to improve thermal performance of the house (reduce heating and cooling of space). This in turn reduces energy use to make the house warm. It also reduces carbon dioxide emission to make the house more environmentally friendly and also reduces energy cost. The advantages of installing roof insulation are the increase in living space (converted lofts) and the elimination of condensation on roof surfaces during cold temperatures.
The roof insulation must be installed dry and be kept in this state. When installing board and batt type roof insulation, gaps should not be left as they minimize roof insulation effectiveness. Other factors influencing roof insulation effectiveness include temperature cycling, vibrations, and other similar mechanical forces. The functionality of your roof membrane is also crucial. If you cannot install roof insulation correctly, you will seriously impair its efficiency.
Two types of roof are most commonly found in commercial and residential settings: Flat Roof and Pitched Roof.
Flat roof can be constructed to create what is called a ‘warm roof’ or a ‘cold roof’ depending on the position of the insulation installed. Inverted roof construction is also used in flat roofs exposed to high temperatures.
Depending on the design two types of pitched roof can be found: with a ceiling and without a ceiling. Pitched roofs also use cold and warm specification. These can be further classified into cold breathing, cold ventilated, warm breathing and warm ventilated roofs.
Insulationhsop.co offers a wide range of flat and pitched roof insulation from the manufacturers: Celotex, Xtratherm, Knauf, Kay Metzeler, Cellecta and others. For more information about the particular products please see product description.
R-value Comparison Chart for Roof Insulation for products available at Insulation Shop
1* Rockwool RW3 Slab (Prorox SL930)
2* Earthwool RS45 Universal Slab, Earthwool RS60 Universal Slab, Earthwool RS100 Universal Slab, Rockwool RWA45 (Prorox SL920)
3* Earthwool Flexible Slab, Rockwool Flexi Insulation Slab
4* Rockwool Hardrock Multi-Fix Dual Density Board
5* Rockwool RW5 Slab (Prorox SL960)
6* Celotex FR5000 Fire Resistant Insulation Board, Xtratherm XtroLiner Insulation Board
7* Celotex TB4000 Insulation Board, Celotex GA4000 Insulation Board, Celotex XR4000 Insulation Board, Celotex Crown-Bond Flat Roof Insulation Board, Celotex Crown-Fix Flat Roof Insulation Board, Celotex Crown-Up Flat Roof Insulation Board, Kingspan Thermapitch TP10 Pitched Roof Insulation Board, Kingspan Thermaroof TR26 Insulation Board, Xtratherm Thin-R Insulation Board, Recticel Eurothane GP Insulation Board, EcoTherm EcoVersal Insulation Board, Kingspan Thermaroof TR31 bonded to Plywood, Xtratherm Plydeck bonded to OSB, Recticel Plylok Flat Roof Insulation bonded to Plywood, EcoTherm Eco-Deck - Insulated Flat Roof Decking
8* Kingspan Thermaroof TR24 Insulation Board, Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 Insulation Board, Xtratherm Flat Roof Board FR-MG, Xtratherm Flat Roof Board FR-BGM
9* Kingspan Kooltherm K7 Pitched Roof Board, Xtratherm Safe-R insulation Board
10* Cellecta Yelofoam X2i, Cellecta Hexatherm XPLY Plywood Thermal Laminate Roof Board, Kingspan Styrozone H350R Flat Roof XPS Board
11* Grey Polystyrene (Graphite) EPS
12* Cellecta Hexatherm XROOF 300L XPS, Cellecta Hexatherm XDRAiN
13* Cellecta Hexatherm XROOF 300L XPS, Cellecta Hexatherm XMD Vertical Up-Stand Roof Board, Cellecta Hexatherm XDRAiN Drainage Channel Inverted Roof Board, Sundolitt XPS300 Extruded Polystyrene Board
14* Kingspan Styrozone N300R XPS Board
15* EPS100 Polystyrene Insulation Board Jablite, Kingspan Styrozone N500R XPS Board
16* EPS70 Polystyrene Insulation Board Kay-Metzeler
17* Jablite EPS70 Polystyrene Insulation Board