What is Insuladd®
Insuladd® is a unique blend of coated ceramic microspheres and is designed to be mixed with ANY off the shelf paint. These coated ceramic microsphere are hollow with a vacuum at their centre. Heat cannot be transferred through a vacuum by conduction and it is this feature which creates a thermal block for the passage of heat. The material is environmentally friendly and totally inert.
Insuladd® can reduce heat absorption and has proven to be able to save homeowners up to 15% of their normal heating costs. Insuladd® makes your house paint act as a heat barrier or radiant barrier. During the winter, it greatly reduces heat loss from your home and prevents it from migrating through your walls and ceilings and escaping to the cold outside air.
Insuladd® prevents/reduces condensation by maintaining the wall temperature at a slightly higher value. Since mould and mildew growth are made active by condensation Insuladd® helps eliminate or reduce mould and mildew growth.
Applications for Insuladd®
Probably the most popular use of Insuladd® is as an additive to interior emulsion paint. If you have access to youtube follow this link for a short video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgI-DAUilrY
One pouch is sufficient to mix with 5litres of paint in a larger mixing container and applied to walls and ceilings. A mixer paddle for insertion into an electric drill will prove very useful but is not essential.
Once mixed the paint can be applied to the walls and ceilings in the normal way by either brush, roller or spray gun (be sure to remove the filter from the spray gun or the additive will be filtered out).
Ensure any loose material is removed from the walls and ceilings before starting. This is a standard instruction for any paint application. Two coats are recommended for maximum thermal barrier.
If a break is taken ensure that the paint is stirred prior to re-use to prevent the additive settling. Any unused paint can be stored in the normal way - just ensure a thorough mixing when the paint is re-used.
Any unused powder should be sealed in the pouch (with Sellotape) and stored in a dry environment. Shelf life correctly stored - greater than 5 years.
Please refer to our Tips under Health & Safety Section before starting a project.
Insuladd® may be added to masonry paint and applied externally to reduce the heat energy from the sun entering the building envelope thereby making internal rooms more comfortable in summer. In particular in hot climates to reduce demand on the air conditioning and save energy.
Insuladd® may be added to metal paint and used as a thermal block, it can
also be used as a “warm to the touch” handrail paint since the Insuladd®
particles maintain a slightly higher surface temperature. Application for both
heat exclusion (metal control boxes in hot climate conditions) and also anti-condensation
(in metal containers) are popular with Insuladd®
The concentration for this application should be 100g of Insuladd® mixed with
1 litre of paint. Minimum of 2 coat application.
How INSULADD® can prevent mould and mildew.
Mould spreads like any other living organism; it reproduces and grows in
moist and damp areas. Where there's moisture, there's almost bound to
be mould and mildew. INSULADD® insulating house paints and insulating
additives for house paint have proven to reduce moisture formation on
walls and ceilings. INSULADD® basically ruins the party for mould and
mildew because it has very good moisture resistant additives and inhibits
condensation. INSULADD® eliminates the key factor, moisture, for the
spread of mould and mildew.
INSULADD® is a safe and non-toxic coated ceramic microsphere moisture resistant paint additive. Most importantly in the effort to prevent mould and mildew, INSULADD® reduces the formation of surface condensation while providing you with and adding a layer of insulation. All you have to do is add INSULADD® to common house paints or roof coatings when coating roofs or walls in your home, warehouse or office building. Mould spores are present through the indoor and outdoor air continually. Their ability to grow on painted surfaces is exactly what INSULADD® counteracts with its moisture resistant paint properties. Without INSULADD®, mould spores land on a damp wall surfaces. Then they begin growing and spreading. There are moulds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods, basically most all surfaces can support mould and mildew growth.
When excessive moisture accumulates on a surface indoors or outdoors, mould growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or neglected. There is no practical way to eliminate all mould and mildew spores in the indoor environment; the best way to control indoor mould and mildew growth is to control moisture and the best way to do that is by using INSULADD® products.
INSULADD® products control moisture transmission through painted surfaces and can greatly reduce or prevent mould and mildew growth. INSULADD® creates a moisture resistant barrier in paint that blocks out surface condensation and protects the finish in your home or office. It not only makes your environment more comfortable, but prolongs the life of the paint you use.
Other Applications for Insuladd®
- - Metal Buildings
- Attics and Dorma’s
- Mobile Homes
- Shipping Containers
- Cryogenic Tanks
- Milking Parlours
- Train Rolling Stock
- Control Enclosures
- Insulating high temperature process machinery where the use of conventional lagging material is simply not viable.
- Anti Condensation (makes any paint an anti condensation paint)
- Anti Mould
- Anti Mildew