Insulation types

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to insulation products; here’s what’s on the menu.  

Rolls or batts? 

The most common types of insulation can be categorised as being in rigid or roll form. The rigid forms tend to be boards used for walls, floors and as the backing on insulated plasterboard (the latter often PIR or phenolic foam), and those in roll form are more commonly used on the plane in roof spaces. 


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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