As energy prices continue to rise, it pays to insulate. Adding more insulation to your home or building can put money in your pocket.

What is it?

Spray Foam 

  • Polyurethane foam insulation's ability to fill even the smallest cavities gives them twice the R-value per inch than traditional batt insulation.

  • The foam mixture conforms to the shape of the cavity, filling and sealing it thoroughly.

  • Following installation, an approved thermal barrier-such as drywall-must cover all foam materials. 

  • Liquid foam insulation also forms an air barrier. This can help eliminate some of the other costs and tasks associated with weatherizing a home, such as caulking, applying housewrap, vapor barrier, and taping joints.

  • When building a new home, this type of insulation can also help reduce construction time and the number of specialized contractors, which saves money.

  • Spray foam is becoming the most widely used insulation used in both residential and commercial projects.

Cellulose

  • Cellulose is primarily made from recycled newsprint.  

  • The proper R-value for cellulose is between 3.2 and 3.8. 

  • These small particles form an insulation material that can conform to any space without disturbing any structures or finishes.

  • This ability to conform makes loose-fill insulation well suited for retrofits and for places where it's difficult to install some other types of insulation.

  • It's retrofit capabilities allows it to act as an insect and rodent repellant.

  • Another benefit to cellulose is its fire retardancy. 

Fiber Glass

  • Fiberglass is a type of blanket insulation, which is the most common and widely available type of insulation.

  • Blanket insulations usually come in the form of batts or rolls.

  • It consists of flexible fibers, most commonly fiberglass. 

  • Manufacturers often attach a facing (such as kraft paper, foil-kraft paper, or vinyl) to act as a vapor barrier and/or air barrier. 

  • Standard fiberglass blankets and batts have a thermal resistance or R-values between R-2.9 and R-3.8 per inch of thickness.

  • High-performance (medium-density and high-density) fiberglass blankets and batts have R-values between R-3.7 and R-4.3 per inch of thickness. 

  • The maximum thermal performance or R-value of blanket and batt insulation depends heavily on proper installation. Therefore, it's best to have a certified insulation installer do it.

 

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