What Is Gypsum Insulation?

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Gypsum insulation is a product used as a thermal barrier. To meet most code requirements builders must use an appropriate thermal barrier to cover the interior surfaces of the walls.

Types

  • Gypsum insulation can be found in variety of forms including pellet form, board form and drywall applications.

Function

  • The gypsum materials serve as a thermal barrier to supply extra R-value protection and fire resistance. R-value is a measure of thermal resistance.

Benefits

  • Adding a supplemental gypsum insulation will increase the fire safety of a structure and seal the structure for better cooling and heating.

Prevention/Solution

  • Gypsum insulation prevents air from seeping into the inner surface of a building's walls.

Effects

  • Covering an exterior wall with a gypsum panel product can create a completely acceptable R-value when also properly sealed and insulated.

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