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Commonly Used Insulation Types

In many regions of our country, winter is already beginning to set in. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to prepare your home to combat the harsh winter elements. One of the greatest ways to increase the energy efficiency of a building is to install proper insulation.

There are many different choices when it comes to shopping for your insulation; to help make your decision a bit easier, we’ve outlined a few of the most commonly used. As part of our research, we consulted the EERE Consumer Guide.

  • Foam. Foam insulation is quite popular. It is sprayed into the walls, ceilings, and floors. It is easier to work with than other forms of insulation and is still relatively affordable.
  • Fiberglass. Fiberglass insulation is one of the most commonly used. It is made of very fine glass fibers. It comes in batts or loose-fill. There are different densities of fiberglass insulation, measured by R-value. The density is chosen based upon the building code, the climate where the building is located, and the location of the insulation.
  • Soy Batting. Soy insulation is made out of soy based materials. It comes both in batts and spray-on foam, and is preferred because it is void of harmful formaldehydes and other toxic chemicals. It is also resistant to molds and mildews, and is just as effective other products.
  • Mineral Wool. Mineral wool insulation can be divided into two categories, rock wool and slag wool.
  • Rock wool is made out of natural minerals such as basalt and diabase.
  • Slag wool is made out of furnace slag, the scum that forms on molten metal. Mineral wool products can be considered more eco-friendly, as they contain an average of 75% recycled content. They come in batts and loose fill.
  • Plastic Fiber. This insulation is made mostly from recycled plastic milk bottles. These polyethylene terephthalate fibers come in batts. Unlike fiberglass insulation, which is very uncomfortable to work with, plastic fiber insulation is non-irritating.
  • Natural Fibers. For the more health conscious individuals, there are several options of natural fiber insulations available. Cotton, sheep’s wool, straw, and hemp are all used as insulation.

If you are ready to whip your home into shape before winter with some quality insulation, then request free estimates from prescreened contractors in your area today.

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