Flags For Stockist Maps
Rafterclips® are the latest eco-friendly products
to arrive on the DIY & Construction markets that enable you to insulate
your loft or attic with ease! There is no easier way of insulating
between your rafters and you don't have to be a tradesman, if you
want to do it yourself!
What do Rafterclips® do? They retain insulation between
your rafters and stop it falling out - simple! Made of high tensile,
galvanized steel, they are less than 1mm thick (so you can board
over them if you wish after the insulation is held in) and they
are corrosion and fire resistant. Our patented retaining teeth bite
into the insulation and grip it like snake's teeth to vastly reduce
insulation sagging and falling out. Rafterclips® are very lightweight
to ensure they do not overload your roof - you see, we think of
Q 1: Can I board over RafterClips® with gypsum/plasterboards
or timber boards etc?
A: Yes! RafterClips® are only 1mm thick designed
so that you can board straight over them. Make sure you have a clip
underneath every corner of the board for evenness and stability.
Q 2: Can RafterClips® be used with rigid thermal
foil type insulation boards?
A. Yes! We suggest using the Finger Clip™ with
retaining teeth to pin the boards in place or the Flattie™ without
teeth for dense acoustic boards.
Q 3: Do RafterClips® rust?
A: RafterClips® are made in Galvanised steel that
is corrosion and fire resistant - we haven't had any rust yet but
if they do it would be minimal and not affect the performance or
safety of the product. Galvanising is a coating process and what
makes it corrode are things like salt in the air, for example if
you live near the sea, but as your RafterClips® will be under your
roof you have nothing to worry about!
Q 4: What happens if I use Rafterclips® but need
to change or replace insulation at a later date?
A: You simply bend the Rafterclips® back out, take
the insulation out and insert the new insulation, then bend the
RafterClips® back in as you go along - EASY! Be careful when removing
them and make sure you don't grab them by the teeth - you will get
bitten! Very sharp….
Q 5: Can I use Rafterclips® to insulate suspended
ceilings and basement ceilings?
A: Yes! You can use the specially designed apertures
in the clips to tie a string across if you have very wide roof sections,
or use our new Roof Bungees™ but that's another product for next
year - awaiting patent clearance…
Q 6: I have very deep ceiling joists and need to
recess the insulation - how can I do that with RafterClips®?
A: DEAD EASY!! You simply nail the Rafterclips®
to the inside of the rafter as shown here and then bend them over
to the distance you require - amazing! Watch the video tutorials
Q 7: What about air gaps between insulation and
the felt or membranes?
A: Air gaps are critical as they allow the roof
to breath. With the natural wool type insulations or the stuff made
from recycled bottles etc and even fibreglass, gravity will automatically
pull the insulation out from the rafters. RafterClips® bite into
and grip each side of the insulation but the sagging in the middle
creates its own natural air gap. There are also spacing devices
sold by other companies that help maintain this gap. We will bring
out our own in due course when we think of something far better
than everyone else - it's only a matter of time.
Q 8: I have a period home with a slate roof and
no membrane or felt underneath. Can I use Rafterclips® and insulate
A: Yes! but you will need to install a breathable
and/or damp proof membrane first. You can then push the insulation
into the rafter sections and then use Rafterclips®. It's a time
consuming job and you will need a professionals advice. Watch the
video tutorials above to get an idea of how it's done!
Q 9: How many do I need to use?
A: This is the ultimate question. The general answer
is as many as you can!
Calculating how many you need to use:
are several ways of working this out. It will involve some measurement
and guess work on your behalf. The different options are:
1: Buy a load of them, see how far you get and then buy more if
you need more.
2: Count every rafter in the space you are insulating to get the
total number of rafters. You will probably need around 6-8 clips
per rafter, spacing them 3ft apart for flexible insulation and up
to 6ft apart when retaining rigid board insulation.
You can measure
the length of the rafter or joist and divide it by the spacing you
wish to use to give an idea of quantity per rafter. Don't be surprised
if you need hundreds of them. This will give you a good complete
job and a snug insulation.
3: Measure the outside of the building and divide it by the width
of one of your rafter sections. You'll get an idea of how many sections
there are. You then need to know how many you will use per section
and you'll get a total. You can then multiply this by the number
of sections in your roof you wish to insulate - which would generally
be two sides on an A frame shaped roof and you'll end up with a
Flexible Insulation: you can get away with spacing them from around
18" up to 3ft (approx. 1meter) apart and keep a reasonably tight
fit. The closer they are the tighter the grip, the further they
are the looser the grip. You will need to play around with it and
decide for yourself. There are so many types of insulation and roof
types we can't give an accurate quantity. We recommend the Y Clip™
for flexible insulation with the double toothed snake's fangs type
Rigid Insulation: you should be
able to just pin the top and bottom or the corners of the board
just to hold it in place. With these types of boards a tradesman
would cut it precisely so that the board itself is wedged between
the rafters or joists, but saying that, it is always difficult to
cut this stuff precisely so one or two RafterClips® will pin it
in place and stop it rattling around. We recommend you use the Finger
Clip for compressed and rigid board insulation.
We suggest what
you can do is buy one 25 pack to trial on one section and see how
far you get with them. Then you will have an idea of what you would
need over your entire loft or roof or whatever you are insulating.
2003 TO DATE OF R. PERRY UNDER LICENCE TO UNITED FENCE PRODUCTS INC. LTD.
NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT PERMISSION INCLUDING DOWNLOADING & PRINTING.
ALL IMAGES, WEBSITE CONTENT, CAPTIONS & SLOGANS COPYRIGHT 2003 TO DATE OF R.PERRY.
ALL PRODUCTS PROTECTED BY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & WORLDWIDE COPYRIGHT.