The next time you plan to paint either the exterior or the interior of your home, ask your local paint store salesperson about including an insulating paint additive in your paint. Insulating paint additives can be mixed in with any type of paint to provide a thermal radiant barrier to the exterior and interior walls and other surface areas of your home.
On a home's exterior, the insulating paint additives work by reflecting the sun's heat away from the home during the hot summer months. And similarly, interior paints with insulating additives help to keep the heat inside the home during the winter months. As a result, the home maintains a more comfortable and consistent temperature and requires less energy to heat and cool it.
Insuladd Environmental Products Ltd. is one manufacturer of insulating paint additives. It claims that its insulating paint additive, Insuladd, can decrease heat intake into the home and reduce heat loss from the home by as much as 40 percent.
As the name suggests, insulating paint additives are simply added to the paint prior to the application of it onto walls and other surfaces. In regard to the Insuladd product, the manufacturer suggests adding one bag of Insuladd per gallon of paint. And again, it can be added to any type of paint.
In regard to how the insulating paint additive affects the color or texture of paint, the Insuladd product is a white powder substance and thus will not affect light color shades. However, with darker paint colors it can lighten the color by one shade. With respect to texture, it is not visible to the eye; however, on smooth surfaces, a slight texture can be felt when your hand is swept over the painted surface.
Insuladd Environmental Products recommends applying two coats of paint with the Insuladd product to maximize its insulating capabilities. Also, painted surfaces with the Insuladd additive can be repainted at a later time with no issues.
Paints with insulating paint additives can be applied to surfaces with a brush, roller or sprayer. However, if a sprayer is used, the small cartridge filter in the sprayer should be removed to prevent spray nozzle clogging.
Insuladd has been sold for more than 10 years, both in industrial and residential applications, and has undergone rigorous testing at various agencies, including the Climatic Test Branch of the U.S. Missile Command, the Korean National Construction Institute and the municipal government and national railroad in Tokyo.
Besides its insulating value, Insuladd Environmental Products states that Insuladd also helps to reduce mildew growth on and in the home.
In regard to the cost of insulating paint additives, Insuladd Environmental Products indicates that its product adds about 10 cents per square foot to the cost of the paint job and that the extra cost can be recouped in as short as just a couple of years because of the reduction in home heating and cooling costs.
So if you want to make your home more energy-efficient, consider adding an insulating paint additive to your exterior or interior paint. The cost impact is minor, and again, you can expect to recover your costs in as little as two years.
Please note: If you are interested in learning more about Insuladd or purchasing it for your next residential painting project, visit Insuladd Environmental Products' website, at http://www.insuladd.com. Per a conversation I had with CEO J.D. Pyle, there are a number of fraudulent companies out there that are selling fake Insuladd on eBay and Amazon.com. As a matter of fact, he stated that 99 percent of the so-called Insuladd products that are being sold on eBay or Amazon are fake. To be sure that you obtain the real Insuladd product, Pyle recommends you purchase Insuladd directly from his company's website or from one of its authorized distributors.
Mark J. Donovan's website is at http://www.homeadditionplus.com.