Other Insulation Types

There are two common types of insulation: thermal insulation, which reduces the flow of heat in and out of your home; and acoustic insulation, which reduces the transmission of noise from one room or area to another.

Insulation Australia supplies both thermal and acoustic insulation products, learn more about our wide range of products or contact us for free advice.

Thermal insulation

Thermal insulation refers to materials or methods used to restrict heat from escaping or entering an enclosed area. It can be used to keep a container, room or building warm or keep the inside a container, room or building cool.

There are many different types of thermal insulators and they work by addressing one or more of the three mechanisms of heat transfer: conduction, convection or radiation. The physical properties of the insulation material determine the capacity of the material to reduce the flow of heat. Thermal insulators are given an R value to indicate how well they perform.

Acoustic insulation

Also known as soundproofing or noise control, acoustic insulation refers to the materials or methods used to reduce the transmission of noise from one room or enclosed area to another.

Some of the basic methods used to reduce sound include:
  • increasing the distance between noise source and receptor
  • installing barriers or structures to reflect, absorb or dampen the pressure created by sound waves
  • installing active anti-noise sound generators.

The purpose of acoustic insulation is to improve sound quality within an enclosed area and reduce the leakage of sound from one room to another. Acoustic insulation can also be used to reduce echoes, resonances and reverberations.