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As builders or tradespeople in Australia, you’re sure of two things: one – it gets bloody hot in summer, and two, you’d never buy an Esky with only insulation on the lid. These two things are vitally important when insulating a home, building or commercial project. Whether renovating or starting from scratch, it’s important to know where to insulate, as well as the most effective products for doing so.

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This means you’ll be able to escape the summer heat as well as the winter chill, and the hefty energy bills that come with ongoing temperature control.

Find the Right Insulation

We all know the most effective Eskies are insulated on every surface – lid, bottom and sides. And we also know that those cheap foam Eskies are no match for a quality hard plastic one. But the type of Esky you need really depends on what you’re using it for, which is why it’s important to know what’s on the market.

If you’re a tradie in Australia that works with insulation, you’ll know CSR Bradford, and why they’re the top choice for builders! With nearly 90 years of experience, they are Australia’s largest insulation manufacturer with the widest range of products.

Bradford has developed a range of products which uniquely caters to the requirements and specifications of Australian residential and commercial projects. With energy efficiency at the core of modern building design, Bradford insulation is an essential ingredient in ensuring the building envelope meets BCA requirements as well as providing privacy, safety and comfort to future occupants.

Roof Insulation

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The main objective for roof insulation is to enhance energy efficiency and provide strong protection from the elements. Bradford roofing insulation products offer added benefits such as noise control, fire protection and condensation relief.

  • Bradford Anticon
    What: Foil-faced, glasswool insulation blanket
    Use: Homes & buildings with metal roofs
    Benefits: Temperature, condensation & noise control (especially helpful for rain sounds on metal roofs)
  • Bradford Fireseal
    What: Rockwool fire protection insulation
    Use: Versatile uses – ask our experts!
    Benefits: Meets BCA fire requirements, highly durable and cost-effective fire insulation, performance is not adversely affected by contact with water, non-combustible (when tested to AS1530.1)
  • Multitel BAL 12.5-40 Blanket
    What: Flexible glasswool insulation blanket
    Use: Homes & buildings with metal roofs
    Benefits: Used to seal off areas of metal roofs from potential ember ingress.
  • Bradford Thermoseal
    What: Sarking
    Use: Wall and roof wrap
    Benefits: Second skin for your home, protecting it from wind-driven rain and dust whilst boosting the efficiency of your insulation. Recommended for warmer climates.
  • Bradford Enviroseal
    What: ProctorWrap/ sarking
    Use: wall and roof wraps Benefits: vapour-permeable, eliminating moisture by allowing it to pass through while keeping liquid out. Recommended for colder climates.
    Benefits: vapour-permeable, eliminating moisture by allowing it to pass through while keeping liquid out. Recommended for colder climates.
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Ceiling Insulation & Wall Insulation

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The external walls of your home are the barrier between your comfy living space and the harsh Australian elements so it’s important to get the right level of comfort and protection for your home and environment.
Additionally, internal walls also play a vital role in controlling the temperatures of spaces within the home as well as reducing noise between rooms.

  • Bradford Gold Batts
    What: Glasswool batts
    Use: Optimal performance in exterior cavity walls & ceilings
    Benefits: Reduces energy used for heating and cooling by up to 20%, meets highest Australian insulation standards, 70 year performance warranty, non-combustible, low allergen.
  • Bradford Gold Hi-performance
    What: Glasswool batts
    Use: External walls & ceilings
    Benefits: Highest R-ratings, therefore the most effective heat-resisting batts in the Bradford range, 70 year performance warranty, non-combustible, low allergen.
  • Bradford Black
    What: white, fluffy, glass wool batts with an organic binder to eliminate the itch
    Use: Ceilings and walls
    Benefits: Hypoallergenic and approved by the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice program, soft to touch, low itch, sustainably made in Australia with renewable raw materials, non-combustible, 70-year warranty.
  • Bradford Soundscreen
    What: High-density acoustic insulation
    Use: Internal walls and floors
  • Benefits: Make your home a sanctuary, create quiet spaces, contain noise from home entertainment systems, control tenant noise.
  • Bradford Polymax
    What: Polyester insulation made from 100% thermally bonded polyester fibres
    Use: Install in walls & ceilings between the joists for maximum results in homes
    Benefits: Easy to install, acoustic and thermal varieties, no itch, easy to handle, low allergen, environmentally sustainable – made from up to 80% recycled material.
  • Bradford Fireseal
    What: Rockwool fire protection insulation
    Use: Versatile uses – ask our experts!
    Benefits: Meets BCA fire requirements, highly durable and cost effective fire insulation, performance is not adversely affected by contact with water, non-combustible (when tested to AS1530.1)
  • Bradford Polyair
    What: Thermo reflective insulation
    Use: Shed and garage insulation
    Benefits: Reflects heat, keeping your shed cooler on hot days and warmer on cold nights, create extra entertainment space, secondary weather barrier to protect valuables in your shed, easy to install and repurpose your shed.

Underfloor Insulation

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While it’s common for most houses to have insulated walls and ceilings, underfloor insulation is frequently left out, especially if the home has been constructed with a suspended floor. Without underfloor insulation, floorboards or flooring materials remain the only barrier to external temperatures and can be a strong contributor to higher energy costs with all that warm or cool air generated inside, escaping through the floor.

  • Bradford Optimo Underfloor
    What: Glasswool, specially stiffened and treated to provide a moisture resistant underfloor insulation
    Use: Suspended timber floors
    Benefits: Barrier to reduce heat loss and cold draughts entering through gaps in the flooring, easy to install, reduces noise transfer, open-lattice structure of the batts allows for high vapour permeability and drainage.

Choose home insulation like you choose an Esky

Therefore, choosing the right insulation for your
job can be just as simple as choosing an Esky, when you know what products are
out there and what they’re used for.

In the end, it’s also important to take a
holistic approach to insulating each project.  Just combine a number of practical solutions
including thorough insulation, with other fixtures like blinds, shutters, and
tall exterior greenery.  

Those solutions help to address heat loss and gain and ultimately improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your project.

For expert advice on our large range of insulation products, contact your local H&G store today.