19 Mar Different Types of Insulation
Insulation is vital to a warm, comfortable home in the winter and a cool home in the summer. It blocks out drafts, saves money on energy costs, and makes your home “homey.” In short, every structure that is lived in should have some form of insulation.
DFW Home Insulation offers attic insulation installation, insulation removal, attic ladder replacement, garage door insulation, and insulation prep work in North Texas. Our insulation company cares about our customers, and we ensure that when you call for a residential or commercial insulation installation service, you’ll get the best. Below, we’ll review the different types of insulation available. Call today for an estimate!
DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSULATION
Blanket Batts and Rolls
The most commonly-used and widely-available type of insulation, blanket batts and rolls are insulation materials that come in fiberglass, rock or slag wool, plastic fibers, and natural fibers. Like the name implies, these come in big rolls that are relatively easy to install by rolling them out. They are great for going inside walls, floors, and ceilings. You can fit them between studs, joists, and beams.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam is made out of synthetic materials, including polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, and polyurethane. A very popular form of insulation, this type of insulation gets into all of the nooks and crannies in your home, making it one of the most energy efficient insulation materials you can buy. It does this by expanding when placed. It’s great for unfinished walls, floors and ceilings, and unvented low-slope roofs. This type of insulation requires a covering of ½ inch gypsum board or other building-code approved material for fire safety, or weatherproof facing for exterior applications.
Loose-fill or Blown-in Insulation
Loose-fill or blown-in insulation is made from cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. This type of insulation is blown into place using special equipment, or poured in. You’ll often see this type of insulation material used to enclose existing walls or in new wall cavities, in unfinished attic floors, and in other hard-to-reach places. Blown-in insulation is great for adding in insulation to already finished areas, to irregularly-shaped areas, and around obstructions. DFW Home Insulation uses blown-in insulation quite frequently.
The most commonly-used material for insulation is fiberglass. This material is either loose fill or batt. Fiberglass insulation is made from extremely fine glass fibers and can come in rigid boards or duct insulation. This type of insulation is made from molten glass that is spun or blown into fibers. Because of this type of material, it can be dangerous to install since these glass bits can get into your eyes, lungs, and skin. It is imperative that the proper type of safety equipment is worn when installing fiberglass insulation. This type of insulation stops dampness and is non-flammable, making it great for all types of buildings. Fiberglass insulation is found in between joists, beams, and studs.
Rigid Foam Board Installation
Rigid foam board installation comes in boards, and they serve a variety of purposes, including adding structural strength, as a thermal break, as an exterior sheathing, and as an air barrier to insulate your home. You’ll find this type of foam insulation in retrofits and new construction. In existing homes, this insulation can be blown-in or installed before laying drywall in new homes. Popular uses include insulating floors and unvented low-slope roofs. It can be used for both exterior and interior wall sheathing and is usually made from polyurethane, polystyrene, or polyisocyanurate.
Reflective or Radiant Barrier
Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with radiant insulation barrier. Unlike other insulation barriers, this type of barrier aims to prevent heat gain and keep the heat out, by transferring the heat to cooler outdoor surfaces. Since the attic is the place where most of the outside heat enters your home, you’ll find this type of insulation in the attic. A reflective barrier like aluminum foil is placed over a substrate material. You’ll find these in hot climates where the object is to keep heat out of the home. These insulation barriers are great at reducing cooling costs, even to the point that you won’t need to use your air conditioning unit except on extremely hot days.
CHOOSE DFW HOME INSULATION TODAY
Keeping your home or business well insulated is important for comfort, as well as for energy savings. The choice of the type of insulation you use mainly is dictated by your needs. DFW Home Insulation offers many different types of insulation, and we can help you decide what will work best for you. Our local insulation company is experienced in all types. In addition, we also offer insulation removal and haul-off services, as well as attic prep work, attic ladder installation, and sanitation services.
If you have an older home, we recommend an insulation inspection, especially if your home heating bills are larger than you think they should be, or you feel cold in the winter. We can check what type of insulation you have and offer up suggestions, if need be. Besides, some types of insulation should be added to and/or replaced periodically. If you have had any type of roof damage or water damage, you should have your insulation inspected as well. It never hurts to be safe, considering how much money you could be saving.
DFW Home Insulation offers McKinney and all of the Dallas/Fort Worth area the best insulation installation and removal services. Reach out today for an estimate!