Insulation is easily one of the most important decisions you will make for your home. Understanding the insulation needs of your home could save you a lot of money down the road when it comes to heating and cooling costs. The insulation material's conductive heat flow resistance is measured by its thermal resistance, also known as R-Value.
R-Value depends on material type, thickness and density. The amount of insulation or R-value needed depends on the climate, type of cooling and heating system as well as part of the structure planned to insulate. The many types of insulation material can be tricky to navigate, the experts at Lezzer Lumber can help walk you through the choices and recommend the best option for your structure. Whether it's a new construction home, retrofit or remodeling project, insulating the house will increase the energy efficiency factor for the home.
Batt or Roll (Blanket)
A batt or roll of insulation is the most commonly used and widely available type. The flexible material is usually fiberglass, sometimes mineral wool, plastic fibers or natural fibers. Typically batts and rolls are available in standard width spacing of wall studs, attic trusses and floor joists.
Foam boards are rigid panels of insulation and they are used to insulate almost any part of your home. Foam boards are effective in exterior wall sheathing as well as interior sheathing, for instance, the basement walls. Foam boards come in a variety of sizes and thickness and can be easily cut down and shaped to fit the desired opening.
Loose-fill or "blown-in" insulation is made up of small particles of fiber, foam, or other such materials. The most common types of materials used for loose-fill insulation include cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool all of which are made up of recycled materials. The small particles create an insulation material unlike other that can mold into any space. This help to make blown-in insulation ideal for retrofits and remodels when it would otherwise be difficult to install other types of insulation. Blown-in insulation has also become a popular choice for new construction because of its ability to conform to the space. It will cling to studs and reduce air flow in spaces that with convective heat loss.