Insulating Floors with Pavatex Wood Fibre Insulation
A flexible and breathable wood fibre batt for snugly insulating floors between timber joists, as well as between rafters and studs to provide excellent thermal insulation results.
A universal rigid wood fibre board for insulating internally above floor sub-decks, below roof rafters or flush with walls to reduce thermal bridging.
(Similar to Hofatex Therm)
A high compression resistant board suitable for insulating floors above and below wet and dry screeds and above timber floor sub-decks. It significantly reduces impact sound.
(Similar to Hofatex Strongboard)
Softboard Standard Natural
A thin universal standard board for insulating internally above floor sub-decks, below roof rafters or flush with walls to reduce thermal bridging.
(Similar to Hofatex Standard Natur)
A thin underlay board to reduce impact sound through timber, concrete and screed floors. Very high compression strength for insulating floors.
(Similar to Hofatex Silent)
Insulating Floors – Between the Joists of New Timber Floors
Insulating a new timber floor is best done by filling the cavity between the floor joists with the flexible and hygroscopic insulation batt, Pavaflex. It comes in pre-cut batts at 375 and 575 mm widths and it is very easy and quick to install and does not require any protective clothing. It is very dense too at 40 kg/m³ so helps to reduce airborne noise through the floor when combined with other proprietary acoustic insulation products e.g. PhoneStar, and it will reduce reverberation within the cavity. Pavatherm can also be used between the joists but must be cut precisely to size and this can be difficult to do on-site. However this is a very good option when manufacturing timber frame buildings off-site. The sub-deck is then installed above the floor joists and there are a number of Pavatex wood fibre insulation options that can be placed above the sub-deck to further enhance both thermal and acoustic insulation through the floor.
Insulating Floors – Above a Timber or Concrete Floor
Note: If laying Pavatex wood fibre above a new concrete floor it must first be covered with a damp proof membrane to prevent rising damp and if the wood fibre is to be covered with a concrete screed this must also be protected with a damp proof membrane.
Thermal and Acoustic Floor Insulation Upgrade Option
– Thick Solution up to 160 mm
Pavatherm comes in thicknesses of between 40 mm and 160 mm so when insulating floors the thermal resistance will improve as the thickness increases, if room height allows. The wood fibre can be laid floating in a brickwork formation on any sub-deck with the square edged boards butted up to each other. A perimeter strip or flanking strip must be inserted at all perimeter edges to reduce the risk of flanking sound. The wood fibre boards are then overlaid with a timber top-deck or a concrete screed but a damp proof membrane must be used to protect the wood fibre from the moisture of the screed. Pavatherm has a Compression Strength of 50 kPa so this should be adequate for most living spaces but when insulating floors with heavy loads it is highly recommended to use Pavaboard wood fibre boards as they have a very high Compression Strength of 150 kPa.
The Pavatherm and Pavaboard boards will reduce both airborne (e.g