You already have a beautiful steel shed, but at the moment there is something missing. It’s a common problem and everyone wants to know which type of insulation they should choose. InsulShed 50 and InsulBreak 65 are the most popular options available, but it’s difficult to pick between the them.
First of all, you have to remember they’re both popular for a reason. Both types of insulation have so many amazing qualities in common, but they also have their differences. Let’s focus in on what those differences are and you’ll be able to decide which one is right for you.
InsulShed 50 – Two Products In One
InsulShed 50 actually performs two jobs for the price of one. It obviously acts as insulation, which will affect the temperature inside your steel shed greatly. You’ll feel cooler in the hot summer months when the sun is hitting the roof, whereas in winter the opposite happens and it will help to keep the amount of heat loss to a minimum.
On top of its duties as insulation, InsulShed 50 also acts as a vapour barrier. Depending on the activities you’ll be performing inside your shed you might have some sort of fabric within the interior of the structure. We’ll look at what a vapour barrier will look like later on, but it will essentially prevent moisture from damaging your shed.
InsulBreak 65 – Three Products In One
InsulBreak 65 performs the same two jobs as InsulShed 50, but it’s also designed to tackle another important task. The last job is a thermal break solution for steel constructions. It basically means it acts as a barrier preventing the flow of thermal energy between conductive materials. It delivers a R0.2 thermal break to be exact, which makes the shed BCA compliant.
The Biggest Difference Between Each One
As you can see from the information above, InsulShed 50 and InsulBreak 65 don’t seem to be worlds apart. In actual fact, they are at different ends of the spectrum depending on your individual needs. Let’s take a closer look at what I mean:
InsulShed 50: Class 10a Buildings – InsulShed 50 has been specifically designed for use in places like sheds, garages, and patio roofs. On other words, it’s okay to use in the lowest class of buildings possible.
InsulBreak 65: Class 1a Buildings – InsulBreak 65 has been designed for use in buildings you’re actually going to live in. There is every chance you’ll want your steel shed to be habitable, which is why it’s still a fantastic choice.
The Look Of The Actual Material
As we mentioned earlier on, some of the features both these products share in common are magnificent. We’re only concerned with pointing out the differences between the two to help you choose one, so the last thing we’re going to cover is their physical appearance.
InsulShed 50 – This has a very reflective foil surface and it has a closed cell foam structure firmly sandwiched in between each side. Altogether it will measure around 5mm in thickness.
InsulBreak 65 – This also has a closed cell foam structure and it’s cross-linked. Again, it’s sandwiched between the extremely reflective foil surfaces on either side, but it’s a touch thicker at 6.5mm.
You’ll Know What You Need
After reading how these differ, it should help you work out which one you actually need. If you want to make it easier just realise you can use the InsulBreak 65 for any job. You’ll only be able to use the InsulShed 50 on a class 10a steel building.