Solid walls: Mechanical fixing, Internal finish.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mechanical fixing.
As alternative to adhesive fixing, the insulating lining and the wall finish can be fixed to wood battens that are nailed to the wall with packing pieces as necessary, to form a level surface. The battens should be impregnated against rot and fixed with non-ferrous fixings. The insulating lining is fixed either between the battens or across the battens and an internal lining of plasterboard is then nailed to the battens, through the insulation.

The thermal resistance of wood is less than that of most insulating materials. When the insulating material is fixed between the battens there will be cold bridges through the battens that may cause staining on wall faces.
Details of some insulating materials used for internal lining are given in Table 6.

Table 6 Internal insulting materials.

Internal finish.
An inner lining of plasterboard can be finished by taping and filling the joints or with a thin skim coat of neat plaster. A plaster finish of lightweight plaster and finishing coat is applied to the ready keyed surface of some insulating boards or to expanded metal lathing fixed to battens. 

Laminated panels of insulation, lined on one side with a plasterboard finish are made specifically for the insulation of internal walls. The panels are fixed with adhesive or mechanical fixings to the inside face of the wall. For internal lining the organic insulants such as XPS, P1 R and PU R have the advantage of least thickness of material necessary due to their low U value.

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