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Where can we see the product, and do you send samples?

There are many job sites in Ontario that are using INSTA-PANELS® as the insulation of choice for radiant floor applications and non-heated floors. If you would like to see our product, please contact us to find a location near you. We can also have an insulation sample sent to you. In the mean time, check out our INSTA-PANELS® board insulation video and see...

How do we cut the panel if needed?

INSTA-PANELS® are fairly easy to cut; however, the tool you should use to cut the panel depends on whether the panel is metal or fiberglass skinned. Electric, circular, and gas cut off saws are the tools of choice when cutting INSTA-PANELS®; however, you shouldn’t need to do much cutting.

Who installs the INSTA-PANELS®?

INSTA-PANELS® can be installed by anyone. Depending on how the job is orchestrated, it is not uncommon for the home owner to install their own insulation prior to the radiant tubes going in. INSTA-PANELS® radiant floor insulation is used and installed by plumbers, heating and cooling (HVAC) contractors, and general contractors alike.

How do you install INSTA-PANELS®?

INSTA-PANELS® are easy to install. Panels come in predominantly 20″ x 64” and 22″ x 64″ and are shipped in skids of 50 pieces. INSTA-PANELS® can be installed on gravel or most dirt floors. It is recommended to maintain a smooth, even surface so that the INSTA-PANELS® don’t shift. This is the same for all board insulation products.

What is the difference between steel and fiberglass skinned panels?

There is minimal difference between metal and fiberglass skinned panels other than the skins are 26 gauge metal and 1/16″ of high density fiberglass. Clips for hydronic radiant floor heating systems can be fastened to both metal and fiberglass with screws and staples, saving on installing costly metal mesh that tubes are tied to by zippy ties.

Are INSTA-PANELS® Ontario Building Code approved?

INSTA-PANELS® below grade/under slab insulation/radiant floor insulation are used across Ontario on a daily basis. INSTA-PANELS® now have a CCMC listing and are an approved product meeting government standards and the building code for insulation for below grade/basement concrete or under slabs. E-mail or call our office if you would like a technical data sheet on INSTA-PANELS® sent to you.

What is the thickness of INSTA-PANELS®?

INSTA-PANELS® are typically 1 3/4″ thick and are R11 for the 20” x 64” and 22” x 64” sizes.

How much weight can you put on INSTA-PANELS® when you are pouring the concrete?

Installing concrete over INSTA-PANELS® is easy. INSTA-PANELS® will not crack when walked on and will require no additional protection if you are using a wheelbarrow. Concrete buggies are also used for placing concrete on INSTA-PANELS®. Although it has been done, we do not recommend driving on INSTA-PANELS® with a concrete truck.

How thick should concrete be poured over INSTA-PANELS®?

The OBC dictates 4″ of 25MPA concrete for a basement slab. Many people try to make slabs thinner so they gain head room as well as reduce the amount of money they spend on concrete; however, pours that are less than four inches tend to crack more readily. Pouring over INSTA-PANELS® is no different than pouring over gravel as far...

Is steel mesh a requirement for INSTA-PANELS®?

In the Ontario Building Code (OBC), steel mesh is not listed as a requirement in basement floor insulation; however, mesh may be a requirement for specific projects. As such, please review your current plans and engineer specifications to ensure you are following the best process for your project. One of the advantages of using INSTA-PANELS® in a basement is you...