CEILING INSULATION

Thermguard Cellulose Ceiling & Roof Insulation Centurion


ThermGuard Cellulose Ceiling & Roof Insulation, our flagship insulation product was established in 1984 by Mark Stannard obtaining the manufacturing rights from the UK. Over the years more advanced technology from the USA was installed and Thermguard became the standard for blown cellulose fibre ceiling insulation. For more than 30 years Thermguard has been creating comfort in homes by reducing energy usage whilst continuously improving to ensure it remains the industry leader in insulation materials.

Thermguard blown insulation material is a cellulose manufactured using more than 80% recycled newsprint, a material that would have ended up in landfill and polluting our atmosphere. Thermguard Ceiling Insulation is environmentally friendly, fire retardant and has no harmful synthetic additives and is 100% organic and biodegradable. 

Thermguard Blown Cellulose is installed as a dry product onto ceilings and will provide 100% cover; getting into every nook and cranny assuring your hard earned cash is well spent. The product offers a better insulation value than (R-Value) other bulk insulation materials on the market. 

Thermguard Ceiling Insulation & Roof Insulation is ideal for sloped (cathedral) ceilings as well as drywall insulation to ensure sound proofing between offices. Applied onto a ceiling of a flat roof will reduce unwanted noise and increase comfort levels drastically.

Other Insulation Products Provided by Comfort Group Centurion:
  • Geyser Blankets
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Reflective Foil
  • Polyurethane Spray Foam

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By Comfort Group 03 Mar, 2017
Why, with all the truly flammable materials found in a typical home, is the safety of the one wood-based construction product that is always manufactured to be fire retardant so frequently questioned? Possibly it is because the makers of other products find it extremely difficult to compete with cellulose on any other basis. Cellulose is simply better insulation, and, as more and more tests are demonstrating, it's safer insulation, too.

Ever since cellulose insulation was first marketed in the 1920s sellers of competing products have raised questions about the safety of the material. These questions are based on legitimate concerns. Cellulose insulation is an organic material. (It’s made from recycled paper pulp.) Without special processing organic materials will burn.

Of course, if organic materials are automatically assumed to be fire hazards, most building materials used in the United States are hazardous, and most residential and commercial buildings are dangerous structures.

Cellulose insulation is one of the few wood based building materials that is always treated for fire retardancy and is covered by industry and government standards. Wood framing members, wood floor and roof underlayment, wood siding, wood casegoods, and many other common wood items are not usually treated for fire resistance.

Petroleum-based materials in siding, roofing, ducts, flooring, floor coverings, wall coverings, and upholstery are not usually fire resistant. Why, with all the truly flammable materials found in a typical home, is the safety of the one construction product that is always manufactured to be fire resistant so frequently questioned? Possibly it's because other products find it difficult to compete with cellulose insulation on any other basis. Cellulose is simply better insulation.

Early investigations

The Fire Hazard Case Against Cellulose Insulation is based on a few surveys that apparently found a high incidence of non-compliance with government and industry standards in samples of cellulose insulation taken from homes. These studies were done by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in the late 1970s, and more recently by the California Bureau of Home Furnishings and by the CertainTeed Corporation, a maker of glass fiber insulation.

None of the studies have had rigorous scientific review and independent confirmation, but they do merit careful assessment. The CPSC is one organization that has made such an assessment.

Because of its findings CPSC kept close watch on the cellulose insulation issue. As more and more experience accumulated it became apparent there was no significant increase in the number of so-called “insulationrelated fires” involving cellulose.

In the fall of 1985 CPSC requested Congress to repeal the federal cellulose flammability standard. Representatives of the Commission testified that the “cellulose flammability standard was not necessary to assure the safety of cellulose insulation and should be repealed by the Congress.”

While CPSC was arriving at this conclusion David T. Darby, assistant chief with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, became concerned about the “cellulose hazard" after noticing an increase in the number of attic fires associated with home weatherization programs.

To his surprise a study of “insulationrelated fires” revealed that such fires involved mineral fiber insulation and cellulose at rates that paralleled the market shares of the materials. Cellulose, turned out to be no more hazardous than mineral fiber insulation! He looked farther and found there was a common factor in virtually all “insulation-related fires” — recessed lighting. The hazard arbitrarily attributed to cellulose insulation was equally applicable to all insulation.

These findings have been confirmed in other states. In California, where another study apparently revealed a high incidence of nonconforming cellulose insulation, a state task force studied over 2 million house fires and reported:
  1. There does not appear to be a significant number of fires related to any particular manufacturer’s product, and 
  2. Heat-producing devices and electrical short circuits were major factors in insulated-related fires. 
Even when a fire is classified as “insulation-related,” the insulation is seldom the first material to ignite. In the vast majority of cases a heat-producing device, such as a recessed lighting fixture, is covered by insulation. Heat builds up and is conducted through wiring or metal brackets to a wood structural member. The wood, or electrical insulation, usually ignites first.

Exploiting fear

The makers of mineral fiber insulation represent fire as a “given” hazard of cellulose insulation, in spite of the vast amount of contradictory data. In 1980 the Mineral Insulation Manufacturers Association, now known as the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, published a “technical bulletin” based on the original CPSC study. Additional NAIMA publications with distorted fire hazard claims have appeared at regular intervals since then.
By Comfort Group 31 Jan, 2017

The obligation to insulate a house or a building has become an indisputable reality. The energy crisis has put the costs of oil, gas and electricity so high that a good insulation will bring significant economies. It pays to insulate. Sufficient insulation, properly installed, is still one of the most cost-effective ways available to reduce energy consumption, control rising fuel and electricity costs and provide a comfortable living environment all year long. It is a simple installation procedure. Armed with some guidelines and a few basic tools, even a novice do-it-yourselfer can insulate like a pro.

The purpose of insulation is basically twofold; it must KEEP THE HEAT INSIDE throughout the winter and KEEP THE HEAT OUT during our sweltering summers.  Keep in mind; you will only do the job once. Take your time to do it properly. Patience is rewarded when it comes to installing your insulation and vapor barrier. Install the right product today and it will keep working well into the next century.

An efficient insulation system is essential to maintain a comfortable and healthy environment in the building and also to maintain the efficiency of the heating / cooling system. The choice of good insulation material is very important and should be done carefully. It is not an expense but an investment considering it daily pays you back with important energy savings. Once you have made a choice, it is difficult to come back later to improve your insulation without costly expenses.

It is very important to consider that you have to keep the insulation system in very good condition. A failing system without the proper elements installed at the right place could increase the risk of having moisture or water in it. Some insulation products absorbing moisture can easily loose up to 50% of its thermal efficiency.

By Comfort Group 06 Jan, 2017

Scientists, engineers, and contractors have realized for many years that the most commonly-used building insulation material isn't really the best insulator. Now this "conventional wisdom" of energy conservation has been confirmed and quantified through scientific studies at one of the world's leading research universities.

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