When it comes to insulation installation, if you are unfamiliar with the process, it may seem like a new and (not very) exciting world for you. One of the first things that you have to decide is which type of insulation is the best for your project. Everyone is familiar with the fluffy pink stuff, but there is actually a wide variety of insulation, and we’d like to give you a little information about some of the most common kinds.
- Batt or blanket insulation– This is most commonly used for insulation installation. It is most typically made from fiberglass, but you can also find it in mineral, wool, plastic or natural fibers as well. These rolls or blankets come in standard sizes for wall or ceiling studs or joists and offer a variety of R-Values.
- Loose-fill insulation- Loose fill insulation is smaller particles of foam, fiber or other materials. These materials are usually blown into the space, allowing them to be a little more versatile for tricky insulation installation. The most common types are fiberglass and mineral wool.
- Foam Board– Though not particularly common, foam board can be used to insulate any part of your home. It is great for thermal resistance, and this insulation installation can be done everywhere from roof to foundation.
- Insulating Concrete Forms- This is insulation for concrete walls, which are a little trickier for insulation installation. Basically this type of insulation creates a wall that provides high thermal resistance in front of the concrete. This form employs the use of foam boards as well.
- Radiant Barriers– Another form of insulation installation is the use of radiant barriers. These radiant barriers, unlike traditional heat conducting insulation, are great at reflecting the heat away from the living space. Most people use these in hot climates in an effort to reduce heat gains in the summer.
While there are a variety of different kinds of insulation, your installation project may call for a very specific kind. For help in determining which type of insulation installation you need, contact us at Polk County Insulation.