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Insulation Considerations To Best Fit Your Needs

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Custom Insulation Spray foam insulation in Worcester, MA

When you know that your home is in need of insulation upgrade, how do you decide what to choose. Choosing the right home insulation can be a daunting task when you take into consideration the cost of material, effectiveness of material, an durability. We offer you information here about each area of the home and which insulation materials work in those spaces.

Below are the existing parts of the house starting at the top and going all the way to the bottom.

  • Best Attic Insulation: Cellulose vs Fiberglass vs Spray Foam. If you are looking to cut down on the amount of money pouring out through your roof, attic insulation is the way to go. High energy bills and the inability to maintain a constant temperature are just some of the signs your attic needs new or updated insulation. The best insulation options for an attic are open cell spray foam, fiberglass and cellulose.

    Cellulose insulation is the oldest insulation material used for not only the attic, but other areas of the home as well. Cellulose can be either a loose-fill or blown-in material and is primarily made of recycled newsprint or denim. The fiberglass is another traditional insulation material that consists of extremely fine glass fibers. And if you ask about the open cell spray foam insulation is an air barrier material that creates a seal against air movement. It can expand up to 100 times its original size, filling every nook and cranny in the attic. The main ingredients are water-blown and organic chemical compounds derived from petroleum extracts making it environmentally safe.

  • Best Existing Walls Insulation: Blown-In Cellulose vs Injection Foam. When it comes to the existing walls of your home there is no easy way to tell you this, but the insulation must be installed by an experienced Insulation company. The good news is you can add insulation to the existing walls without removing your drywall and the extra expense of a full remodel. The Injection foam insulation and blown-in cellulose can be installed in the existing walls. When insulation does its job, it impacts the conduction (heat transfer) and the convection (air flow), which can both impact the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. More traditional forms of insulation, like cellulose, is resistant to heat that is transferred through conduction. During the winter months, the heat transfer is from the inside of your home to the outside and vice versa in the summer.
  • Best Rim Joist Insulation: Fiberglass vs Spray Foam. The rim joist is one of the most overlooked areas of the home when you are looking for the culprit causing drafts around your floor boards. The insulation options for the rim joist is spray foam or fiberglass. Fiberglas is inexpensive but it does not do as good of a job insulating the rim joist. The material when installed in the rim joist is prone to mold issues as it holds condensation against the wood which leads to mold and decay formation.

If you are looking for the best long-term solution, foam insulation products will create the air seal in your home that will make it more comfortable while saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Foam insulation does not settle or sag and it fills all the nooks and crannies where it is installed.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours when it comes to selecting the best insulation for your existing home. You have to see what makes the most sense for your family. You will need to take into consideration the kind of material, the goals you are looking to accomplish and your budget.

For more information about insulation, contact Custom Insulation Company Inc.




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