Different Types of Insulation Options For Your Home
As colder temperatures come in, you’ll soon be able to tell if your home’s insulation isn’t living up to your needs. But the idea of installing new insulation can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what options are out there. You don’t want to settle for the first or cheapest thing you find only to spend the winter shivering in your own home. It’s good to know your options. Here are some of the most popular choices available right now.
Fiberglass insulation was the standard for decades, and remains popular because it’s so affordable. It’s fitted between studs and joists in batting and blankets, and it can be a fairly easy installation. However, it’s not the most energy efficient option, often losing as much as 30% of indoor air and causing drafts. This is especially true given its tendency to compress. It’s also not very easy to install fiberglass insulation into tight nooks and crannies. It has to be cut by hand in order to fit.
In some cases, especially with new construction, it might be considered efficient to fill the concrete blocks used in the construction of the home with insulation. This allows you to get the most use out of all of your building materials, but it typically doesn’t have the strongest R-value or provide a truly insulated quality. Often, you still have to install insulation over it to get the full effect.
Rigid foam panels offer excellent R-value, which makes them an appealing choice, but installation is tricky. You can’t simply open up the walls and insert rigid foam panels. Instead, you have to knock the walls down, insert the panels, drywall and paint all over again. This process can be a little too costly, time consuming, and stressful for many homeowners, and here again, boards would need to be cut in order to fit into tiny crevices that also need insulation.
This is our personal favorite when it comes to insulation. Spray foam insulation is sprayed into the spaces between your joists and fills to fit the space completely. Thus it has excellent R-value and keeps your house truly comfortable, even on the coldest nights. It also helps to boost your energy efficiency and lower your heating bills, as your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard in order to heat your home. You can also use spray foam insulation around pipes, windows and door frames in order to more fully insulate your home.
Looking for quality insulation for your home? Contact MBC Remodeling today for more information or a free consultation.