Dense packing with fabric is an excellent way to see if the cavity is filled with insulation material. Standard, wood framing makes it easy to staple the fabric. However, what happens when you are faced with steel construction? The usual approach is to glue the fabric to the studs. This requires you to let the glue set and return to fill the cavity. Here is a better alternative!
Insulation Innovators developed metal strips that provide a nice, clean and tight fabric wall. These strips are screwed to either wood or steel and will make the best possible stretch for dense packing. Here is why they excel over the traditional staple and glue methods:
- Stapling fabric requires many staples. They are placed about every 1 to 2 inches for maximum hold. With the fast strip, only three screws, on average, can hold the strip in place.
- Eliminates expensive stapler failure. Automatic staplers are the choice of many insulation professionals. For example, the Joseph Kihlberg stapler is considered the industry’s best. It is hundreds of dollars. The stapler requires maintenance of the seals and pistons which cost at least $80 to replace.
- Allows for “glue & screw” method for drywall installation. If you use fabric, then the gluing of drywall to the stud is compromised. This method creates a surface so that drywall can still be glued to it.
- Prevents bulging. No matter how good an insulation professional installs the fabric, there are bound to be bulging throughout the job. These strips create a tight fit and prevent the fabric from bulging.