Saturday, November 11th, 2017 by Jordan Decker
Whether new construction or existing structures, insulation is an important part of your home or office building. It’s what keeps you comfortable and your bills low. But, how do you know what kind of insulation to use? Is your current home under-insulated? If so, how do you fix it?
Luckily, we’re just a phone call away to answer your questions and provide energy evaluations on your home! In the meantime, brush up on your facts and learn about the different types of insulation.
We use 3 types of insulation: fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam. Which material we use depends on the project and what the client is hoping to accomplish.
Cellulose insulation is one of the greenest products on the market - being 85% recycled material. When packed correctly, cellulose can be a great solution for attics and walls in old homes. It is also great for soundproofing. However, if installed incorrectly, it is prone to settling and can be corrosive to brick and metal.
Fiberglass is the itchy, fluffy, pink insulation you’ve probably seen, and is created from spinning glass fibers at 2000 degrees. Fiberglass is non-corrosive and 30% - 40% recycled. When installed correctly, Fiberglass Insulation is the insulation of choice when Cellulose isn’t the right fit (i.e. metal and brick). It’s important to hire a professional to install Fiberglass, as it can can be ineffective against air leaks if installed incorrectly.
Foam Insulation is the most expensive up front, but pays for itself in savings within a few short years! It has the highest R-Value - which means it is the best at slowing down the transfer of heat into or out of your home. It will help create a comfortable indoor environment by sealing all of the gaps, cracks and crevices in your walls and roof, unlike traditional insulation, and reducing outside pollutants, allergens and noise! Foam insulation is a proven technology that has been in use for over 25 years in commercial, industrial and residential buildings.
Batts or Blanket insulation looks like a blanket and is laid out flat. It is usually used in areas free of obstructions, such as floors, ceilings, and unfinished walls. Batts/Blankets of Insulation are installed in between joists, studs and beams.
Loose fill or Blown In Insulation is blown into new wall cavities, enclosed existing walls, unfinished attic floors and walls, and other hard to reach places. It is the most common form of insulation installation.
Spray Foam Insulation is installed as a pressure sprayed product and is great for both new and existing projects. Closed-Cell Spray is filled with gas, while Open-Cell is filled with air. It can be used in existing finished areas, irregularly shaped areas, and around obstructions and creates an excellent air barrier.
Whatever your home may need, the Green Factor crew will help determine the most cost-effective solution.Give us a call today!