Australia’s Best Roof Insulation in 2021

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In this guide to the best roof insulation in Australia, you’ll find out what type of insulation you need, what R-Value is ideal and where to buy high quality, affordable insulation online.

Bulk Vs Reflective Insulation – Which One Do You Need?

There are two main categories of roof insulation; bulk and reflective insulation. Bulk insulation has millions of tiny air pockets and works by trapping air within its structure. Bulk insulation cannot be compressed as this will reduce its air pockets and compromise its insulating ability. This insulation works by reducing the conduction of heat flow between objects that are adjacent to each other.

On the other hand, reflective insulation primarily affects radiation heat flow. It usually consists of a foil layer backed by a paper or plastic layer. Reflective foil needs to be kept clean for it to work properly, and the reflective side must be faced downwards. More recently, roof insulation has been designed to incorporate both bulk and reflective insulation for highest performance and insulating capabilities.

What Is The Best Insulation Material For Roofs?

Roof insulation is made from a number of different materials, depending on whether it is bulk and/or reflective insulation. The most common bulk insulation materials used are glasswool, and polyester. 

At Pricewise Insulation we have a variety of glasswool and polyester roof insulation products to suit many home styles and desired thermal performance.

Glasswool Bulk Insulation

Glasswool insulation is made from recycled glass materials and is the most common insulation material used in both residential and commercial buildings. Although glasswool has a stigma of being itchy and uncomfortable to install, recent technological advances have improved this and today many glass wool insulation products claim to be low-itch or itch free.

Polyester Bulk Insulation

Polyester insulation is manufactured from recycled PET plastics such as drink bottles. Polyester insulation is bonded together by heat and no binder chemicals are added. This gives polyester its rigid, flexible and hypoallergenic structure.

Foil Reflective Insulation

Foil insulation has a reflective surface which creates a radiant barrier against heat transfer from the sun. It is important that foil insulation is installed correctly to ensure its full insulating capabilities are reached. The R-Value of reflective foil insulation will depend on how it is installed and what climate you are living in.

Best Roof Insulation Brands In Australia

The top glasswool roof insulation products include:

  • Knauf Earthwool Ceiling Batts
  • Pink Batts Glasswool Ceiling Insulation
  • Bradford Hi-Performance Gold Ceiling Batts
  • Bradford Black Hypoallergenic Ceiling

The best polyester roof insulation products include:

  • Bradford Polymax Thermal Ceiling Insulation Batts
  • Greenstuf Polyester Ceiling Insulation (only available in VIC)

Roof foil insulation products available at Pricewise insulation include:

  • Kingspan Air-Cell Insulbreak 70
  • Sisalation Metal Roof Sarking

The following products combine both bulk and reflective insulation:

  • Knauf Earthwool Roofing Blanket Roll with Foil Facing
  • Fletcher Permastop Building Blanket Insulation
  • Bradford Anticon Roofing Blanket

For more information, check out our brand comparison of the best ceiling insulation products in Australia.

Should I Buy Roof Insulation Batts Or Rolls?

This depends entirely on your own personal preference as functionally. Both these forms of bulk insulation are equally effective at insulating. The main difference is the way in which they are installed.

Roll insulation can be ‘rolled’ out between the ceiling joists without needing to be cut into segments. This is especially useful for ceiling spaces that have few obstacles and a large space to work in (which are generally few and far between!).

However, if you have many obstacles and a small ceiling space area, insulation batts may be a more appropriate option. As batts are pre-cut, they are easy to install and cut to fit any space.

Are You Retrofitting Ceiling Insulation Or Installing During A New Build?

Insulation installers can install ceiling insulation in both new and existing homes. In some cases it may be possible to install new insulation over old insulation to boost the overall R-Value. If the old insulation is damaged, mouldy or infested it should be completely removed before the new insulation is installed.

Pitched Roof With A Flat Ceiling

For pitched roofs with a flat ceiling where there is crawl space, it may be possible to install insulation from inside the ceiling space. We recommend installing insulation batts in between the ceiling joists as well as installing sarking or foil batts beneath the roof to help with radiant heat.

Roofs With No Crawl Space

For roofs with no crawl space, for example if you are lifting a metal roof to install insulation, we recommend putting down insulation batts first on top of the plaster. Then we suggest putting down some sarking or Kingspan Air-Cell Insulation with the silver side up to reflect radiant heat away from the house.

For tailored advice about the best roof insulation for your project, give our insulation specialists a call and we’d be happy to talk you through your options.

What Is A Good R-value For Roof Insulation?

To answer the question “What is the most effective roof insulation?”, the most important factor you should consider is the R-Value of the insulation product. The R-Value indicates how effective it is at preventing heat loss and heat gain. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation product is, and the more potential savings you can make on your energy bills.

The roof is responsible for the greatest heat loss and heat gain in a home – as much as 35%! Choosing the right R-Value for roof insulation is very important to ensure your home can regulate temperatures well all year round. There are guidelines in the Building Code of Australia outlining the minimum R-Values that should be installed based on where you live.

What Is The Best R Rating For Ceiling Insulation?

For cooler climates such as Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, we recommend at least R5.0 or R6.0 for the ceiling. For warmer climates such as Perth and Brisbane, we recommend at least R4.0.

What Type Of Insulation Is The Most Energy Efficient?

A high R Value means better insulating power and therefore greater energy efficiency. If your budget allows, we recommend upgrading to the highest R-Value you can afford as this will lead to greater temperature control and higher energy efficiency in your home.

Buy The Best Roof Insulation Online Today!

Pricewise Insulation supplies a wide range of high quality, affordable roof insulation products which perform very well in Australian climates. Order online today or call us on 1300 729 639 to discuss your project with one of our insulation specialists.

10 thoughts on “Australia’s Best Roof Insulation in 2021

  1. Richard lickfold says:

    I have a 30 x12 metre colour bond shed with no insulation roof or walls
    Can you advise what product you suggest to install, what difference in heat can I expect and a cost

    • Pricewise Insulation says:

      Hi Richard,

      There are several options that we have for sheds. We generally recommend Kingspan Insulshed Insulation, but it really depends what the shed is going to be used for. Some people install battens and insulation batts and sometimes rigid board insulation is also an option. The cost and thermal effectiveness will differ according to which product you choose. Feel free to give us our technical specialists a call on 1300 729 639 to discuss your project.


  2. Geoff says:

    What type of insulation do you recommend for a tin skillion roof in Perth. I therefore have no crawl space so I have to lift the tin and install. I was thinking just rolling out sisalation sarking but I’m just really wanting an idea of what is best, as the sun is really strong here. It’s a 1960’s house so not great in summer or winter.
    I will be adding solar panels if that makes a difference.
    Thanks for your help.

      • Tony says:

        I am replacing the truss roof on a single brick walled garage of 9.5m x 3.5m and 2.4m ceiling height to renovate into a granny. Given the small space, I want to put in redundant sound and heat insulation.
        As advised above I will lay “R7.0 Bradford Gold™ Hi-Performance Acoustic Ceiling Insulation” over the ceiling from the top.
        For the reflective sarking, do you recommend “Kingspan Air-Cell Insulbreak 80 Insulation” or “Kingspan Air-Cell Insuliner® Insulation” ? Is there any video or instruction on how to lay this to preserve the air gap to reduce conduction heat transmission. The roof is an A frame with a single middle joist underneath and a single middle batten on top of the truss/rafter. I can send the photo if required.

        Also the garage rolling shutter will be replaced with a stud wall and a door. It has the option of both inside thermal and outside sound insulation. The street has heavy traffic so can you please suggest the best sound insulation for the door ?

    • Pricewise Insulation says:

      Hi Devan,

      Thanks for your question. Good insulators are products which are effective at stopping the flow of heat energy. Glasswool and polyester insulation batts work by trapping air in layers, which is a very effective way to keep the heat out in summer and the cold out in winter. In Australia you can determine the effectiveness of an insulation product by checking its R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the thermal performance of the insulation. We would also recommend only purchasing reputable brands such as Earthwool, Bradford, Autex GreenStuf and Pink Batts. Please feel free to give our team a call on 1300 729 639 if you have any further questions.


  3. Kerry Maszkowski says:

    We are elderly and live in an area of Queensland that gets very hot (40’s) as well as very cold (minus temperatures).
    Our house is old with high ceilings and roofing iron will need to be removed to install insulation.
    Our budget is limited.
    Which type of insulation would be best for us please?

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