Frequently Asked Questions
Trapped air or gas is what insulates a building; so what makes a good thermal insulation is the material’s ability to trap air or gas. Many fibrous insulations (i.e. fibreglass, rock wool, cellulose) merely slow down heat transfer as they have to remain fluffy to maintain their ‘trapped air’ characteristic. Proloft® consists of billions of nanosized cells of trapped air which contributes to it’s extremely low conductivity properties and is able to be compressed and still maintain its high R-value.
American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers is a U.S. standard that provides minimum requirements for energy efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise residential buildings. ASHRAE is adopted in most states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada.
Thermal bridges are the points in a wall system that conduct heat more rapidly than other areas. Framing members and protrusions in a wall system usually have poor insulation values. Typical building practices insulate inbetween these area but not the components themselves. Thermal bridges can greatly reduce the overall R-value of a wall system.
Each building is built differently, but on average framing can make up as much as 30% of a structure. If these areas aren't insulated the amount of heat loss/gain can be quite substantial.
The three basic elements of a building envelope include a weather barrier, air barrier, and thermal barrier. An envelope is the physical separators between the conditioned and unconditioned environment; including the resistance of air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer.
Proloft® is applied to the framing members and any other thermal bridge in a wall system. With a high R-value, low profile, and compressible Proloft® is the perfect solution for troublesome thermal bridge areas within a wall system.
For steel stud and Z-girt applications Proloft® is installed with an easy peel and stick backing. For attaching to wood, staples or other mechanical fasteners work great.
Yes. Proloft® can be custom cut to meet your needs. Call Advanced Insolutions with your requirements.
No. Proloft® is most effective as a thermal barrier and is not accepted as a rain screen.
Yes. Please contact Advanced Insolutions for samples.
Aerogel is a non-toxic irritant and is very hydrophobic. It is recommended that gloves, long sleeves, and a dust mask be worn while handling Proloft®. Please see Proloft's® MSDS sheet for more information.
Aerogel is a synthetic, porous, ultra-light material derived from a gel, which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas.
No, but it can be an irritant for skin and respiratory. Please see Proloft's® MSDS sheet for more information.