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Need To Insulate Your Home? 3 Types Of Home Insulation To Choose From

Insulation is important in a home as it keeps your home much more comfortable against cold and hot air. It also helps your HVAC unit to run less because the insulation keeps out unwanted air and prevents air from escaping. When it comes to insulation there are different types to choose from, including the three types below.

Spray Foam Insulation

One common type of insulation used is known as spray foam insulation. This type is much easier to use than other types. The contractor  uses a special machine that has a hose that blows the insulation into the cavities. This also puts multi layers of insulation to act as a strong barrier. This type works great if you are currently building a home with walls that have plumbing or electrical obstructions. This is because the hose can reach all areas behind the obstructions.

Spray form insulation can be added even if the home is currently insulated. This means you do not have to remove the current insulation unless you need or want to. The contractor can also blow the insulation under floors and in the home's attic.

Blanket Insulation

Blanket insulation is also known as batt and roll insulation. This type comes in pre-cut sections and is made of flexible fibers or fiberglass. You first measure the area where you are placing the insulation and then cut the sections in the right length. You then fit the insulation into the wall cavity. This type of insulation is very inexpensive and can be purchased at home improvement stores.

Blanket insulation works well in unfinished floors and walls, foundation walls, as well as ceilings that do not have any obstructions. You can also place a foil or vinyl barrier over the foundation once it is installed to add an extra barrier against incoming and outgoing air.

Rigid Panel Insulation

Another type of insulation available is known as rigid panel insulation. The contractor can install this type of insulation in any area of your home, including the roof, attic, flooring, walls, and down to the foundation.  

Rigid panel insulation is generally made of polyurethane and polystyrene and comes in foam boards. Sheathing is also used to reduce heat from coming through thinks like wood, steel studs, and more. This type of insulation is easiest to install when constructing a new home but can also be installed in an existing home.

Talk to a contractor that you hire to install insulation for you about these and other types of insulation that are available.