So which house insulation material is actually better, when you compare Pink Batts vs Earthwool? Well that may depend on what’s most important to you. Pink Batts comes with a “life time guarantee” and Earthwool comes with a standard 50 year guarantee, which in practice means you can expect the insulation to last as long as your home.
Pink Batts vs Earthwool – Which is the Better Batt?
First let’s look at the similarities. Both Pink Batts and Earthwool are both “glasswool” insulation, and the batts are in large part made from sand and recycled glass bottles. Both Pink Batts and Earthwool insulation batts are available in a variety of “R-values” to suit different climates. When making the insulation comparison Pink Batts vs Earthwool it’s important to realise that once the insulation is installed, the thermal benefit is practically the same. So an R2.0 wall insulation batt will give you the same thermal protection, regardless of whether it is branded Pink Batts, or Earthwool, or any other brand for that matter
Compare Insulation: Ease of Storage and Handling
Among all the home insulation types, Earthwool Insulation has gained popularity in recent years primarily for two reasons. Firstly, it uses a different binder, which makes it less itchy to work with. This is a real plus for DIY home renovators, not to mention professional installers who work with insulation on a daily basis. Secondly, Earthwool comes in a highly compressed packaging, which can significantly reduce the need for on site storage space, and also help to reduce freight costs if you’re paying the full cost to get the insulation delivered to your home or on site.
Low R-Value Wall Insulation – Pink = Firmer Fit
When looking for the best wall insulation, an often overlooked factor when choosing a brand, is how well the insulation batt will ‘stand’ in the wall cavity. The fact of the matter is, that even though in an ideal world, the wall studs will be spaced so exactly that they provide just the right amount of friction to the keep the insulation batts in their place, without folding or sagging – often the reality is somewhat different.
As any experienced insulation installer will know, a too narrow gap isn’t too much of a problem to deal with – you simply trim the edge of the insulation down to the required width. However a gap which is a faction to wide, can be a real “spanner in the works” – as without the necessary friction between the outside edges of the batt and inside edges of the walls studs, the wall batts can easily begin to sag. Here Pink Batts has a clear edge over it’s rival Earthwool, with it’s more rigid consistency making it easier to install.
Update: Knauf has recently announced an improvement in the consistency of the R1.5 wall batts. Is Earthwool now the best insulation for walls? If you’ve recently worked with either of these products, leave a comment and tell us what you think.
No smell? Best ceiling insulation based on odour (less) factor
If you’re old enough to remember the insulation being installed in the ‘old days’ you’ll remember the smell associated all roof insulation products. The longer the insulation lay there, the worse the smell, no doubt exacerbated by any number of vermin who have chosen to take refuge in the roof-space. Knauf genuinely claims that Earthwool is a better insulation as it has practically no smell, and the truth is that this is a fairly accurate statement. It smells like nothing, whereas most other glasswool products seem to have retained at least some of the odour, usually only noticeable in confined spaces. No doubt we will see more and more insulation brands setting their sights on an ‘odourless’ product range in the future. So if the no-smell factor is important to you, then the best home insulation for your roof may be Earthwool.
Our verdict – Pink Batts vs Earthwool
We recommend both of these high quality brands, as well as Bradford Insulation. Price is obviously a key consideration, so we recommend you calculate carefully the full cost of buying the insulation and getting it delivered to you, and then make an informed decision on what is the best insulation for you and your project. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 729 639 or via the contact us page if you have any questions.