Every home needs a barrier to prevent heat loss and/or gain, especially during the winter and summer months. The right type of insulation can help maintain the right room temperature, increase efficiency of the home, save on energy costs and prevent the formation of moisture. Here are the most common types of insulating materials and their uses.
Fiberglass — Fiberglass may look like flimsy cotton candy but it is a popular insulating material because it is stable, non-flammable and resistant to damage caused by insects or microorganisms. It is excellent for use in dry locations but due to its high level of moisture absorption, it is not recommended for wet or damp locations. It is often used in ceilings, walls and around air ducts and pipes. Fiberglass is often sold in pre-cut rolls, blankets or batts, making it easy to install. It has an R-Value of 3.2 for every inch.
Cellulose — Cellulose is composed mostly of recycled newsprint. It has been used for many years and remains the preferred insulation type for people who want an environmentally friendly option. It is densely packed and performs quite well in low temperatures. It is a loose-fill material that is combined with a binder and sprayed onto areas that should be sealed, such as framing studs. It is also treated in order to make it fire retardant. Cellulose has the same R-Value as fiberglass and is generally cheaper.
Spray Foam — Foam insulation also comes in spray form, making it ideal for sealing tight corners, unfinished attic floors and enclosed walls. It works for irregularly shaped and sized areas and on obstructions. It is very effective in sealing an area, preventing leaks and in strengthening the structure because it hardens once applied. It can have an R-Value of as much as 6.5 for every inch.
To increase your home’s efficiency and improve your indoor comfort, give us a call at Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We have been serving satisfied clients in Southeast Michigan since 1945. We can assist you in finding the best home improvement solutions that are effective, efficient and offer great value.
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