Types of floor insulation available and their benefits?

Insulating your home keeps it warmer and eliminates the need for excessive heating. Also, less of the heat you pay for will escape from your home – did you know if you have uninsulated floors within your home, you may be letting at least 15% of your heat escape!!

Floor insulation is a simple step to take to draught-proof your home and reduce your energy bills but is very often overlooked by homeowners who concentrate their efforts on the door and window-related draughts. By installing installation underneath your floor you’ll save money and you’ll also enjoy the benefits of warmth and sound absorption. But with a wide range of floor insulation options available, you may be unsure which best serves your purposes, so in this article, we have outlined the most popular and effective underfloor heating products available…

There are various types of floor insulation materials, each with its characteristics and suitability for different applications.

Here are some common types of floor insulation:

Fibreglass Insulation

Material: Fibreglass insulation is made from tiny glass fibres.

Properties: Good thermal performance. Lightweight and easy to handle.

Can be installed as batts, rolls, or loose-fill.

Cellulose Insulation

Material: Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper or cardboard treated with fire retardants.

Properties: Good thermal insulation. Environmentally friendly and made from recycled materials. Can be blown or sprayed into place.

Mineral Wool Insulation

Material: Mineral wool insulation is made from mineral fibres, including rock wool and slag wool.

Properties: Good thermal and acoustic insulation. Resistant to fire. Available as batts, rolls, or loose-fill.

Multifoil Insulation

Material: Multifoil insulation is made from layers of reflective aluminium foil as well as wadding or foam.

Properties: Suitable for hard-to-reach areas due to how thin it is, environmentally friendly, available in rolls, no PPE needed for installation there’s no itchy or harmful fibers.

Spray Foam Insulation

Material: Spray foam insulation is typically made from polyurethane or polyisocyanurate.

Properties: Expands to fill gaps and cavities, providing an airtight seal. Excellent thermal insulation. Suitable for hard-to-reach areas.

Multifoil Underfloor Insulation

When choosing a type of floor insulation, factors such as the climate, the intended use of the space, installation method, and budget should be considered. It’s also important to follow local building codes and regulations when selecting and installing insulation materials. Within our range of insulation products, we have the EcoTec Floor-Foam Insulation Kit which is made to boost the insulation beneath carpet underlay, wood, laminate, and vinyl floors to stop the ground from getting cold. If you’re going through Building Regulations and need to meet a specific U-value YBS SuperQuilt is the product for you.

EcoTec Floor-Foam

EcoTec Floor-foam is the answer if you don’t have access to the underside of your floor or don’t want to remove floorboards. This insulation helps stop condensation and draughts while reducing noise by preventing cold air from entering rooms through concrete and wooden floors. The 4mm high-density polyester foam used to make Floorfoam has a highly reflective true aluminum foil on both sides.

floor insulation available and their benefits

Floor foam can be utilised in rooms where rising cold air destroys house energy efficiency as well as on lower and upper levels, above unheated areas like garages. The easiest way to install Floor Foam insulation is to lay it directly on the wood or concrete floor. With our 75mm Thermaseal True Aluminium Foil Joining Tape, make sure the edges are joined and seal the perimeter. After that, you can install your laminate flooring, wood, underlay, and carpets as directed by the manufacturer.

To give vinyl flooring a firm surface to sit on when installed, we advise placing a thin piece of plywood above the floor foam.

YBS SuperQuilt

SuperQuilt floor insulation is fully certified for Building Control by BDA and BBA. It’s often used to insulate above concrete floors and it’s also used to insulate within timber floors. SuperQuilt is suitable for any project going through building control whether that’s a new build, extension, or retrofit project.

YBS SuperQuilt

YBS SuperQuilt is the highest-performing EN-certified multifoil insulation on the market. When fully taped and sealed it also acts as a vapour control barrier preventing the build-up of dampness and condensation which also reduces the risk of mold.

It has been designed to work with both suspended timber floors and concrete floors. For suspended timber floors it’s designed to be recessed into the floor joists by 50mm and staples into place or you can use Saddle Clips which hold the insulation into place and recessed to 50mm. For Concrete floors, SuperQuilt is installed directly on top of the concrete, and timber battens are installed on top of the SuperQuilt.

Ordering your Multifoil Underfloor Insulation Products:

Floor-Foam is supplied in easy-to-handle 1.2m x 25m rolls covering 30 Square Metres and is also supplied with a roll of Thermaseal foil joining tape. YBS SuperQuilt is supplied in rolls of either 1.2m x 10m or 1.5m x 10m. Next Working Day Delivery to the UK Mainland (When ordered before 2 pm).

Our range of underfloor insulation is the simplest way to insulate your floor without removing any floorboards. For more details, including our how-to video, <<click here>>.

See our Fitting And Data Sheet here for more information you can also request a Call Me Back and one of our team members will call you within one hour!