Knauf Insulation’s Polyfoam® Combi-Closer is a one-size-fits-all cavity-closer that’s transforming the insulated cavity-closer market. This unique, innovative product means that builders now only need one size of cavity-closer for wall cavities between 50mm and 100mm wide. And, as Midlands based builders merchant group, Walter Tipper, can testify, it’s not only builders who are benefiting – merchants can successfully reduce the range of products they stock yet remain confident they’ve always got the right size cavity-closer to meet their customers needs.
Insulated cavity-closers are used to provide a thermal and waterproof break between the inner and outer skins of openings in cavity walls. But, of course, there are cavities and there are cavities! The designed width of a cavity can vary from 50mm to 100mm and this means that builders need a range of different size closers to cover all eventualities. Apart from the risk of having the wrong width for the cavity, wastage can also be high as the size needed on one project may not be suitable for use on another.
Not so with the Polyfoam® Combi-Closer! Its unique, patented design means it can be easily modified to fit any size cavity. The closer consists of a rigid PVC casing that holds, and protects, a length of Knauf Insulation’s high performance, extruded polystyrene Polyfoam® Insulation. The insulation material is marked with different cavity widths and partially pre-cut along its length. This means strips can be quickly snapped-off allowing the closer to fit snugly into any size cavity. It’s that simple!
Having a universal cavity-closer brings builders great benefits – always having the right product to hand reduces wastage and saves time and money – but there’s also benefits for the supply chain. “Yes, it’s a great idea!” said Tony Tunstall, Sales Director of the Walter Tipper Builders Merchant Group. “We’ve reduced the range of products we stock and, at the same time, increased our confidence about always being able to supply what our customers want. No matter what size cavities they’ve got, we’ve always got the right size to close it!”
Polyfoam® Combi-Closer provides a waterproof break between the inner and outer skins of a cavity wall. Both the PVC casing and extruded polystyrene insulation are resistant to, and unaffected by, moisture and the insulation has a thermal conductivity of 0.030W/mK. The casing has a flexible strip that fits into door or window frames and acts as an additional damp proof seal and is ready to accept a plaster finish.
Although one size does fit all, Knauf Insulation offers Polyfoam® Combi-Closer in two widths: 75mm and 100mm. The 100mm, ‘universal’ version is designed for cavities between 50mm and 100mm wide, whereas the 75mm version provides a cost-effective alternative for narrower cavities ranging from 50mm to 75mm. Both sizes are supplied in polythene packs containing six, 3.0m lengths.
More information about Knauf Insulation’s products can be found on their website at www.knaufinsulation.co.uk or by calling 08700 668 660. Please quote PR 287 05.
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Knauf Insulation is a multinational manufacturer of insulation products with operations in the UK, Europe and the USA. Knauf Insulation Limited is insulation market leader in the UK and employs around 500 people at its four manufacturing plants at St. Helens, Queensferry, Cwmbran and Hartlepool. The company manufactures a wide range of insulation products to meet the growing demand for energy efficiency and acoustic performance in both new and existing homes and commercial buildings. Products include glass mineral wool, rock mineral wool, expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene marketed under the trademarks Crown®, Rocksilk® and Polyfoam®. Knauf Insulation is committed to the environment: its products use recycled and naturally abundant materials.