Insulation

Types of Insulation Materials for Your Home

Building insulation is any material in a structure used as insulation for a specific purpose. It may be used to reduce the internal temperature of space so that heating and cooling systems do not have to work as hard or as long. While most insulation in commercial buildings is purely for thermal purposes, the phrase also applies to noise insulation, impact insulation, and green building insulation. You can choose from several types of insulation depending on your needs. For instance, you might need to determine if you need to spray foam insulation, cellulose fiberglass, wool, or a reflective coating. Depending on where you live, there might be particular materials that are more or less appropriate for your home or business location.

One of the most common materials

used for insulation is the insulation used on the walls and roofs of homes. It is usually called attic insulation because it is installed above the ceiling of a house. The basic type of attic insulation used is cellulose fiberglass. It is the most effective at insulating heat flow, but it also has the lowest R-value (thermal resistance) of all the types of insulating materials. However, cellulose fiberglass is still a good option for insulating a small attic, as it can be rolled or blow-milled into tight squares or sheets.

Another type of insulating material is mineral wool.

It may refer to the actual fiberglass insulation commonly found in attics and basements. Mineral wool is usually blended with either fiberglass or cellulose. The mineral wool blocks heat flow and acts as an insulator, while at the same time, reducing noise.

Fiberglass insulation

is also available in rolls or sheets and is typically used in garages and other outdoor areas. It is one of the best insulating materials on the market because it combines high R-value with excellent flexibility. Unlike mineral wool, it is very resistant to fire but may crack under certain conditions.

 

Regardless of the insulation type, you use,

make sure you have enough of it. Otherwise, it will not do its job. A bare ceiling can allow heat to go right through, resulting in very low indoor temperatures. In addition, it may not be thick enough to resist high temperatures from fire. As an extra measure of insulating quality, always buy insulation that comes with a certificate. A home insulation contractor can explain the differences between the different types and which one best suits your needs.

 

In summary,

there are many types of materials to choose from when it comes to insulating your home. The cheapest would probably be the mineral wool and cellulose insulation materials mentioned above. If you want to be more energy-efficient, you should opt for the combined type, which combines solid materials like cellulose fiberglass with liquid foam insulation materials. Regardless of what type of insulation you use, make sure you insulate both the interior and the exterior surfaces of your home and check out the insulating materials label to make sure they’re certified.

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