Family homes can be busy places. Whether it’s a child learning to play drums, a teenager listening to music or Dad watching the football, it can prove difficult to find a quiet, peaceful place in the house.
Whereas most of us think of a comfortable environment as being warm and cosy, noise also plays its part. In fact, the quality of life we experience while at home can be increased significantly by creating warmer, quieter houses.
Sssh! Insulation can be your secret weapon in fighting noise pollution It’s easy to understand how a well-insulated home retains heat and brings down energy bills. Less understood are insulation’s acoustic benefits.
In a similar way to how it traps air to prevent heat escaping, glass mineral wool allows the air moved by soundwaves into the middle of the insulation where it becomes trapped and dissipates, thus absorbing noise.
Some insulation manufacturers operate high-volume models, offering one-size-fits-all product. But at Superglass, our team of glass scientists is committed to innovating for the future, creating bespoke products to maximise performance throughout the home – including acoustic benefits.
Our innovative acoustic focused products can be used in a number of applications including internal partitions & floors and party/separating walls.
While it’s not a ‘silver bullet’ solution to all noise pollution into or within a property, combined with double-glazing and well-fitted doors our acoustic product range helps create quieter, healthier and happier homes.
If you think back to your high school physics lessons, you’ll remember that glass is classed as an insulator – a material that’s a poor conductor of heat or electricity. In glass, electrons are packed close together with no free electrons to conduct heat. Metals, on the other hand, are good conductors.
That’s why they’re used to make electrical wires and why heat leaks out of buildings through metal beams, lintels and wall ties. Air is an excellent insulator which is why brick-built properties are constructed with cavity walls. But cavity walls aren’t perfect – circulating air continues to draw heat out of the building.
Glass wool insulation reduces heat conduction in two ways: 1) Glass is an insulation material; and 2) the fibres are structured to create millions of cells of trapped air. And from an acoustic perspective, it traps air moved by soundwaves to deaden noise.
The closer you look, the easier it is to see the difference.
Rather than being seen as a necessary commodity to meet energy efficiency requirements, building designers and installers are now becoming more aware of how choosing the right insulation can improve not only the performance, but the enjoyment of a home. Our Robust Details offer easy solutions to help specifiers to meet current building regulations.
The division between adjoining properties has also usually been assumed to be an area of neutral heat loss and many of us will, at some stage, have lived with a noisy next-door neighbour. But by installing Superglass Party Wall Roll between adjoining properties that space can be used to can significantly increase the homeowner’s quality of life.
The scale of the noise issues we face, especially as people increasingly live in densely populated, built-up urban areas where noise can often be most severe, is demonstrated by this statement from the World Health Organisation (WHO): “Noise is an underestimated threat that can cause a number of short and long-term health problems, such as for example sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, poorer work and school performance, hearing impairment, etc.” Moreover, the European Environment Agency (EEA) blames noise for 10,000 premature deaths, 43,000 hospital admissions and 900,000 cases of hypertension per year in Europe.
The right insulation can improve not only the performance, but also the enjoyment of a home.
The first step in creating glass wool insulation is to heat recycled glass to a very high temperature. When it melts, it’s then spun into thin fibres that we bind together, locking air into the gaps between the fibres.
Although air can pass between different air pockets, the route through the insulation is so complex that air finds it difficult to pass from one side to the other, preventing the convection of heat.
We’re continually working to advance glass wool science. Our new state-of-the-art furnace and advanced processing equipment help us manufacture insulation that looks better, smells better and, most importantly, provides very efficient thermal protection.
At Superglass, we’re driven to create insulation that’s sustainable for the long term. To us, that means creating a practical, long-lasting product that will keep buildings warm for decades using recycled materials.
Glass wool insulation is designed for superior thermal comfort, easily meeting the low U-values required by building regulations. But it’s not just about ticking a box. We make sure our insulation works just as well in practice as it does on paper.
Glass wool is flexible, allowing it to fit snugly against uneven surfaces, leaving no gaps for heat to escape through.
Our ’made to measure’ rolls and slabs are designed to fit between standard wall ties, joists or timber stud spacings, reducing waste and making installation easy.
What’s more, all our insulation products are certified non-combustible.
Superglass insulation acts as an acoustic barrier, reducing noise transmission between walls, floors and adjacent dwellings.
Wrap your home in Superglass insulation and you can relax in a warm, quiet and safe environment in your home or office, knowing that you’re doing your bit to reduce energy use and look after the environment we all share – all thanks to glass science!