Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing one, you may be wondering what type of insulation to use. With so many different types available it can be confusing to know which one will work best for your home.
Electricity and natural gas can be costly. Insulation saves you money by preventing expensive heating and cooling from escaping through your walls.
So what is insulation? Why do you need it? What kind should you put in your home?
Insulation is a barrier between the interior walls of a building and its external envelope (such as siding or roofing). It can be made of fiberglass, cellulose, or foam, but the goal is all the same- to reduce the amount of heat that passes into or out of your home through your walls.
Insulation can benefit your home in several ways:
The benefits of a well-insulated house can’t be ignored, but with so many different types of insulation how can you know what to pick?
When determining the best type of insulation for your home, consider these factors:
The easiest and safest way to answer these questions is to consult with an insulation contractor. They will know the correct type of insulation to use for your unique needs, guaranteeing the best results. But it helps to understand a little bit about the different types of insulation available so you can make an informed decision.
Blanket Insulation is one of the most common kinds of insulation you will encounter. It comes in bats or rolls and is usually made out of fiberglass, cotton or mineral wool.
It comes in precut pieces that fit nicely between standard studs, joists and beams, though it may require some care when fitting it around wiring and pipes. Blanket insulation can be placed in any unfinished wall space including foundation walls, floors and ceilings.
Blown Insulation is a thin, airy type of insulation that is blown into spaces like walls, attics, and crawlspaces using a high-volume fan. It is available in loose fill fiberglass, cellulose or mineral wool and all are usually made from recycled materials. It can be blown in to existing finished wall, or open wall cavities as well as attic floors.
Spray Foam is a polyurethane insulation that is pressure sprayed or poured into wall cavities like a liquid but quickly turns to foam. Spray insulation is available in open cell formulas which make a lightweight, flexible, spongy insulation and closed cell formulas which is more rigid and dense.
Reflective Insulation is an insulation material such as kraft paper, plastic film or cardboard that is lined with foil backing to create a reflective surface. When placed between unfinished wood frame studs, beams, rafter and joists this insulation reflects heat back into the building by trapping it in a reflective shell. Reflective insulation typically has the highest R-value per inch, the highest denier, and the longest lifespan.
With so many variables to consider insulation is usually best left to the professionals. They understand the strengths and limitations of each type of insulation and know how to choose the most effective materials for your project. Don’t waste money and time attempting to install insulation that won’t be effective in your home, call the experts at Peak Builders and Roofers today for a free estimate.