There are many different Insulation options
When it comes to insulation there is no one size fits all. There is no best way to insulate an attic, basement, or garage. There are many different materials to choose from each with its own set of pros and cons and each with its own optimal application. Even within each option there are choices to make in the form they come in. Something that even the layperson can understand is the R-Value of each insulation type. This is a measurement of resistance to heat flow, aka insulation. The higher the R-Value the better the material is at insulating. A knowledgeable consultant can help you figure out how much insulation you need in each part of your home or business.
Various Material Types
Each material can come in different forms. They can come in a spray form, board form, blown in, blanket batts and rolls, and reflective and radiant barriers. Once you decide what material you are opting to go with, check to see what is the best way to have it installed.
Spray Foam Insulation - chemicals that are mixed together and when they are sprayed they expand to cover and insulate a space. Spray foam insulation comes in two forms, open cell and closed cell. Open cell spray foam insulation is cheaper than closed cell spray foam insulation. It is mostly used for interior insulation projects while closed cell spray foam insulation is mostly used for exterior insulation projects. Closed cell spray insulation is moisture resistant and helps strengthen the outside walls. It is a bit more costly than open cell spray foam insulation but it is better quality and will last longer.
Board Insulation - usually rigid foam board is manufacture made foam boards that comes in standard sizes and R-Values. It is easy to use when DIY insulating. It is also very moisture resistant so it is great in any places that may get wet or moist. The rigid board insulation comes in 3 basic materials rigid foam board insulation, mineral wool rigid board insulation, and fiberwood rigid board insulation. Since these are standardized sizes and R-values, you may need to double up to achieve the R-Value you need.
Blown in Insulation - is loose pieces of insulation that is literally blown into the space between the walls. This is a great type of insulation when you have air gaps that need sealing. It comes in three materials, loose-fill fiberglass, cellulose, and rock wool aka mineral wool. After a few years most blown insulation will settle a few inches and will not insulate as well any longer. This is most commonly used in attic insulation as the pieces can get blown around. Since this needs to be blown in with a specialized insulation blower, this method of insulation is not as DIY friendly as rigid foam board or spray foam.
Insulation Blankets - this comes in the form of batts insulation squares or rolls of insulation. It is premade squares or rolls of insulation in predetermined R-Values and sizes. They are easy to install and easy to layer to increase the R-Value of a space. They are also easy to cut to size as needed. No special tools required. The batts insulation comes in a choice of denim batts insulation, wool batts insulation, or cement batts insulation.
Radiant and Reflective Barriers - This is a form of insulation best used in a roof or attic. It deflects the heat of the sun from heating the roof too much. Without it, the heat would move towards the cooler areas of the house meaning the lower floors and heat them up. This kind of insulation does not use the R-Value rating. The more heat from the sun the better the radiant and reflective barrier insulation works.
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