When it comes to choosing between expanded polystyrene and traditional brick veneer, it’s clear-cut that expanded polystyrene has the superior thermal properties to keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter.
Insulation is an important feature of your house. A well-insulated home will keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing your heating and cooling bills and contributing to a more comfortable home for you and your family. However, with all the insulation options out there, what product is the superior choice to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient?Between expanded polystyrene and brick veneer, there’s no doubt that expanded polystyrene has the superior thermal properties for your home. This is quantified through the “R-value” of the two materials, or thermal resistance, which is an approximate measurement of how much the material impedes the transfer of heat.According to the Australian Government’s Your Home website, traditional brick veneer walls offer a R-value of 0.45 which does not meet the recommended levels of thermal resistance according to Choice. Depending on your choice of thickness for expanded polystyrene, this translates to being only between 18% and 45% as effective as expanded polystyrene which has an R-value of up to 2.78!When it comes to insulating your home, expanded polystyrene trumps the thermal resistance of traditional brick veneer, and can offer your family a more comfortable and energy-efficient home. At Foamex, we offer wide a variety of expanded polystyrene products to suit your varying insulation needs, both for commercial and residential applications. Find the right Foamex product for your needs here, or contact our friendly sales team to find out how you can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient today!