18 Feb Questions to Ask Before Buying Insulated Roof Panels
Whether you’re working in a trade or building a new home, it’s important to consider insulation for your roof.
Along with the walls, windows and doors, the roof is part of a building’s thermal envelope. By slowing the movement of heat through this envelope, you can save energy, lower bills and create a more comfortable environment.
Here are some general questions to ask your supplier of insulated roof panels
What Standard of Fire Resistance Do Your Panels Provide?
One of the most important things that your roof panels should do is protect you against fire. EPS insulated roof panels don’t do much in the way of fire resistance. By comparison, PIR panels will self-extinguish as soon as the cause of the fire is removed. PIR has exceeded the standards of many fire tests and is continually verified to ensure it is safe.
Are Your Panels Eco-Friendly? And What Does That Mean, Exactly?
When we’re talking environmentally-friendly insulation, we want to highlight things like the way the product is made, what materials it is made with, and how the use of it affects energy use.
If you look at PIR panels, you’ll see that it takes 5kg of oil to produce one square metre of 40mm thick PIR wall insulation. This may seem like a lot at the time, but overall, this insulation will end up saving 230 kg of heating oil in a 50-year building life.
In addition, these panels don’t emit any carbon emissions during their use and they are safe to handle, which saves fossil fuels in the long run. A PIR core also contains no CFCs or HCFCs, which are harmful to the environment.
How Are Your Panels Beneficial with Cold and Wet Conditions?
New Zealand weather is anything but predictable unless you want to say it’s predictable that it will be harsh, cold and wet a lot of the time. When it comes to your roof insulation panels, you want something that will stand up to any conditions.
PIR roof panels are made with a closed cell structure, so you never have to worry about moisture absorption, even in exceptional cases like flooding. You can rest assured that the thermal integrity will be maintained despite the amount of water present.
How Strong Are They?
Obviously, strength is a huge determining factor. You want something lightweight that can be easily handled and transported, but also something that has substantial strength and can be walked on without denting or caving in. A life expectancy that lasts as long as the building is desirable.
Are They NZ Building Council Approved?
It goes without saying that you must check to make sure the materials you are using in any building are approved by the NZ Building Council. PIR roof insulation panels meet these requirements.
Need to know more about PIR Roof Panels
High-quality insulated roof panels are incredibly important when it comes to building projects. For more information about PIR roof panels, contact Conqueror Panels today for a quote.