Gapotape – Perfect Insulation with PIR Board

Gapotape is a multi-award-winning, unique yet simple combination of foil and foam tape, specifically designed for use in conjunction with rigid insulation board. It is the first product proven by the BBA (British Board of Agrément) to eradicate air leakage and thermal bridging where rigid boards are fitted between rafters in roof, walls and floors.

Up until now, rigid insulation has been impossible to install between rafters, studs and joists without airgaps as even the most meticulous installations suffer from inevitable shrinkage, warping and movement of timber elements.

This means that the ‘as built’ U-value of rigid insulation is much less than its ‘as specified’ U-value. This ‘performance gap’ is one of the biggest issues in the construction sector and is a problem for almost all insulation types, most of which have no remedy.

Gapotape over EcoTherm PIR rigid board

BBA testing illustrates that with Gapotape, rigid insulation’s ‘as-built’ performance can be up to 5 times better as it will constantly expand to fill any space around the board. No other rigid product is capable of expanding on all sides in this manner making rigid insulation fitted with Gapotape truly unique in this application.

Gapotape offers the first holistic non-permeable insulation solution. For the consumer this will ultimately result in a more comfortable living environment, not to mention £1,000’s of fuel savings throughout the lifetime of the build.

Gapotape installation

When Gapotape is installed around the perimeter of PIR ridged insulation boards, with no air gaps and a tight fit on all four sides the correction level 0 for air voids can be used when calculating U-values to BS EN ISO 6946. Without Gapotape installed a correction for air voids level of 1 or 2 may need to be added to the U-value calculation giving a poorer result.

  British Board Agrément Assessment report – April 2015

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Perfect Gapotape Partners

EcoTherm polyisocyanurate (PIR) rigid thermal insulation board

Kingspan Kooltherm K-range fibre-free rigid phenolic core

Part L amendments are on the way, so get ahead of the issue by eliminating the ‘as specified’ vs ‘as built’ performance gap for insulation.

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🔗 The Performance Gap at Wikipedia

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  1. Quick one for Roger & Robin.

    Really enjoy watching your YouTube video’s lads.
    Especially Robins carpentry vid’s, Rogers extension vids and the tool reviews you do.

    I run a small family home improvement business, Just me (Steve) & my Dad (Roger)
    Been doing Bathrooms, Kitchens and extensions for 20 years plus but as anyone knows in this game – Everyday is a school day, and your videos are an example of this, something to learn / take on in every episode you put out there so again, Top Job.
    Makes me laugh how much Roger and my dad are alike as well as similarities between myself and Robin.

    Really good work lads.
    Keep them videos coming.

    PS, I have a lot of sayings which customers & friends like but one i think you both would like if you haven’t already used or know of is:

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