For decades, insulation has been primarily installed inside walls between framing members. That is, until smart people (scientists) pointed out that it is far better to wear your coat on the outside of your body than it would be to try and put it on the inside. Buildings are the same way. When insulation is split up between framing members, the framing members themselves (especially metal framing) can provide substantial pathways for energy to flow into, and out of the structure. This process is called thermal bridging. When we install a continuous layer of insulation on the inside or outside of the framing, it prevents thermal bridging.
While codes are trying to move most insulation to the outside of a building, CI is rapidly growing in use on the insides of buildings as well. From tilt-up concrete warehouses to block and metal wall buildings to basements, continuous insulation is a great solution that is rapidly gaining in popularity and performance.
The biggest reasons are because people want it and it works. More architects are designing with it and, as more designers realize the benefits, they are seeking out the trades that install it in their area. So who installs it? On new construction, installers can be insulators, masons, drywallers, framers, or anyone willing to set up scaffolding and install the product. When it comes to retrofit, it’s normally insulators, general contractors or building envelope specialists. CI can raise the level of comfort in a basement or old warehouse and create a finished space at the same time. If you’re looking to get into products that are growing their share of the market, you owe it to yourself to consider getting into continuous insulation.
Because continuous insulation is growing in popularity and ease of use, it’s a great place to start when getting into insulation. IDI will help guide you through the best products and methods as a beginner to continuous insulation.
Whatever the project, no matter how complex, IDI’s team is ready to help you make every project a success. We work with the best manufacturers, tool suppliers, and fastener companies in order to get you the right training that makes installing continuous insulation a profitable venture for your company. Check out our continuous insulation videos and for more information, reach out to your local branch or here at our MN headquarters today.
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