What are the Types of Insulation Materials for Custom Wine Cellars?
Unlike most beverages, wine is very sensitive, and it needs to be stored in the ideal conditions for its quality to be preserved. Wine storage experts, like US Cellar Systems, highly recommend having a custom-designed cellar built. Avid wine collectors and trusted storage builders know that for a wine room to be effective in providing the right temperature and humidity, dependable insulation must be installed during its construction. There are three popular choices of insulation materials in California.
Three Popular Wine Cellar Insulation Materials (Good, Better, and Best)
Custom cellars are dependable wine storage structures if they are built properly. A vital aspect of a reliable wine room is correctly installed insulation. If a cellar is not insulated right, it cannot provide its stock with the required temperature and humidity. Professional wine storage builders in California typically use either one of these three materials to insulate cellars:
Fiberglass batts are a good choice for cellar insulation. They can provide your wine room with the minimum required insulation for cellars, which is R-13. This material is the least expensive type of the three most popular choices. However, if fiberglass batts are poorly installed, their capacity to insulate are largely reduced by 25 percent. If you want to use this option for your cellar, make sure that you hire an expert to install the material.
If you plan to have fiberglass batts installed, make sure that a 6 mil plastic vapor barrier is applied to all of the cellar’s warm side. Most wine storage contractors wrap the entire interior walls and leave the plastic sheeting loose in the stud cavities. They then place the fiberglass batts in between the studs. It is imperative to wrap all of the wine room’s walls, ceiling, and floor in plastic sheeting, which is necessary to create an effective vapor barrier.
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Polystyrene or Rigid Foam
Polystyrene, commonly called rigid foam, is the better option compared to fiberglass. Two layers of this insulation material can provide your cellar with R-19 insulation. Make sure that each layer is, at least, an inch and a half thick. Just like in the installation of fiberglass batts, plastic sheeting needs to be applied to the walls, ceiling, and floor before rigid foam can be used.
A lot of people choose rigid foam as their cellar insulation material because it is affordable and easy to install. The problem when using this option is if there are wires, conduits, and pipes that need to pass through the wine storage room’s wall. It is important for all sorts of wiring and piping to be wrapped in rigid foam. Some contractors cut pieces of polystyrene and wrap them around the wires and conduits. They then spray polyurethane foam to the gaps.
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Polyurethane Spray Foam
Wine storage experts in California highly recommend the use of closed cell polyurethane foam for cellars. It is the best material for insulating wine rooms. If correctly installed, three inches of spray foam can provide your custom cellar with R-19 insulation. With this product, there is no need to install plastic sheeting because when the foam skims over, it forms its own vapor barrier. Polyurethane expands and fills cracks and crevices leaving no gaps. In cases where some wires and pipes need to pass through the cellar wall, spray foam efficiently creates a tight seal around them. There is no chance for vapor to penetrate this insulation product.
If you choose to use polyurethane to insulate your wine cellar, it is imperative that you have it installed correctly. It is best to hire a professional spray foam technician to apply it. US Cellar Systems has teamed up with the most trusted spray foam experts in the country that can provide you with quality installation
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US Cellar Systems – Trusted Wine Storage Specialist
US Cellar Systems is one of the leading manufacturers of wine storage refrigeration units in the country. They have also teamed up with the top wine cellar construction companies in the country. Together with their partners in the industry, they create effective and dependable residential and commercial wine cellars. If you’re planning to have a custom cellar built, you should call them for a consultation.
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