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Be cosy and warm this winter with underfloor insulation!

When your home has the ideal floor insulation you can limit the use of your heating in winter.  Heating and cooling your home can account for more than 40% of a household’s annual energy consumption. Expol Underfloor Insulation is a one off cost that will instantly make a difference to the comfort of your home this winter.

Expol is designed to dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home.  Placed snugly between the floor joists it will ensure your home is protected from extreme outdoor temperatures for life.  Expol UnderFloor is ideal for both retro-fitting under existing floors and new floor installations.

With the days getting shorter, winter is just around the corner. Don’t miss out this winter! Visit our online store today

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Tired and dated Fibro home gets a Make Over!

The owners of this home wanted to give their tired and dated fibro home a modern, contemporary renovation that was both stylish and practical.

Hutchinson Construction, Builders and Designers provided both the design and construction for this project “We suggested they use a modern, maintenance free and affordable product such as the Duratuff Select Vinyl cladding and they are extremely happy with the look and finish of the product.”

The owners chose the colour Sand with 20mm Foam for extra insulation in their external walls. Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding comes with warranty and a choice of 12 colours. If you’re not sure which colour will suit your needs simply fill out an enquiry form and we will send a colour sample of your choice to you.

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Foamular Passes NFPA 285 Fire Test

Foamular Extruded Polystyrene insulation has successfully passed the NFPA 285 fire test in many variations giving architects options in exterior wall design.  The purpose of NFPA 285 is to test to determine that combustible foam plastic insulation, when exposed to fire on the exterior face of the wall, does not spread flame over the surface or through the core of the otherwise non-combustible wall assembly.

The 30 minute test is conducted on a full scale two story wall assembly, built as it would be in the field, on the front side of a three sided test structure. (See Figures 1 and 2 that are excerpts from NFPA 285).

The test wall, has a window in the centre of the lower floor. (Figure 3) The test scenario is that a flashover fire, unrelated to the foam plastic insulation, has occurred in the lower story room emitting a fire plume out of the room of origin through the window. Early in the 30 minute exposure the fire plume wraps around the window head, extending up the exterior surface of the wall. (Figure 4).

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Foamular XPS for External Wall Insulation

Create a significant reduction in the energy needed to heat or cool your home by applying Foamular Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Sheets to your external walls.

Foamular Extruded Polystyrene commonly known as XPS is an ideal energy efficient substrate for EIFS, especially with render finishes. EIFS is an Exterior Insulation and Finish System that consists of an insulation board attached either adhesively or mechanically, or both, to the substrate. Foamular XPS sheets are lightweight and can be screw fixed directly onto studs or masonry and then finished with a Polymer Modified render system.

Foamular minimises thermal bridging, literally wrapping your home in insulation. Foamular has high ‘R’ Values (50mm=R1.78) which is guaranteed not to drop below 90% of the original value for 20 years. The modern clean look of Render will enhance the look of your home, while reducing the cost of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature with Foamulars R-value.

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Extruded v's Expanded Polystyrene

There is often a great deal of confusion between expanded (EPS) and extruded polystyrene(XPS), with many people assuming they are essentially the same, but in fact expanded and extruded polystyrene are very different products.

Firstly there is the manufacturing procedure involved in creating the product. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is made using small expandable beads that inflate with heat, and then are placed into a mould, where they expand to fit the shape. The expanded beads trap air, which gives expanded polystyrene its insulation properties, but also leaves it venerable to water absorption, reducing the insulations effectiveness over time.

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) is made by mixing polystyrene pellets with chemicals that liquefy the pellets. A blowing agent is then injected into the mixture, forming billions of miniature air pockets. This frothing mixture is then pushed through a shaping die to give the required size and minimise wastage. Once cooled the boards can be further shaped and wastage returned into the manufacturing process.

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