Category - Home Insulation

Floor Insulation

Do you need floor insulation? Most home owners are fully aware of the benefits of insulating their attic space. Many people can also see the benefit of cavity wall insulation, but very few people think about floor insulation. However, a home without a well insulated floor takes a lot more energy to heat. In addition, quite a lot of heat can be lost through the floor.

Kinds of Floor Insulation

There are several kinds of floor insulation. The main kind comes in the form of two layers of foil with an insulating material between them.

This kind of insulation comes in a roll and is similar to a fabric or quilt. It is designed to be rolled out and to adhere directly to the concrete. It is usually laid over the battening too.

The foil reflects heat back up into the room and prevents the cold from entering the home via the floor. It also prevents cold air from entering the home via the floor it effectively acts as a seal.

Many new homes have this kind of insulation built into them, but a lot of people are retrofitting this type of insulation in their home. Having a new floor laid gives you the ideal opportunity to have it insulated. Many people fit this kind of insulation when they have under floor heating laid.

Effective Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl space insulation has many benefits.

Crawl space insulation can resolve mold and moisture problems and prevent insect infestations. It is also an effective energy-saving technique to lower your utility bill.

Here are essential things to consider while insulating your crawl spaces.

Choose the best insulating materials

Make sure the insulation material you use is resistant to fire. You can ensure this by checking local fire specifications on insulation. Also, it shouldn’t encourage mold.

The aluminum-insulating roll can be use it in a crawl space, radiant floor and even attic or walls.

Install a vapor barrier over the insulation

The crawl space should be moisture-free. Presence of moisture in crawl spaces invites mold, mildew and rot. A sump and dehumidifier will best handle moisture issues.

A vapor barrier will help to reduce or prevent the evaporation of ground moisture into your crawl space. The vapor barrier is recommended to be combined with a waterproofing system.

Most contractors often forget to cover the walls as they install the vapor barrier. Failure to cover the walls allows moisture into the crawl space. Presence of moisture in the crawl space renders the job useless.

Get the right insulation contractor

Choose an experienced and recognized insulation contractor to do the job. A basement insulating and waterproofing contractor can ofer to offer efficient and reliable services. Take your time to choose the right professional. A well-insulated crawl space will support air conditioning and reduce your energy costs.

Best Home Insulation

Best House Insulation
With the soaring energy costs of heating and cooling your home today, it’s more important than ever before to ensure you have the best home insulation. In some older homes that were built back some seventy or eighty years ago, you may not have any insulation at all in the walls, and very little attic insulation. Although the costs of re-insulating an existing home are much greater then new home construction, the long term benefits in reduced heating and cooling costs will make up the difference.

Insulation Types

Today’s insulation comes in many different forms as far as the ways in which they are applied, and the materials that are used in their manufacturing. You can use the standard fiberglass pink insulation that is synonymous with Owens Corning who also offers attic blanket insulation for unfinished attics, to spray on foam, and rigid foam as well. Each type provides for different uses, and each type will have a different ‘R’ value. The ‘R’ value is the rating system that determines the insulation over all heat reducing qualities. The higher the ‘R’ value, the better insulator it will be.

Batt Insulation

The classic fiberglass insulation comes in what are known as ‘batts’. Usually in four foot by one and a half foot strips. These are designed to fit nicely in between the studs of a wall. They should fit snugly into the wall, but should never be compressed to fit. When you compress fiberglass insulation it loses much of its ‘R’ value. They are also very easy to cut to fit with the use of a sharp utility knife.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation

If you’re insulating a building or a basement where the looks are not important, such as a warehouse, then the best solution would be to use a spray on foam insulation. This foam can be sprayed over-top the existing interior of the building, it then expands and dries to form a well sealed surface. This is a nice option because it can get into all those small, unnoticed cracks and holes that may allow for heat loss. You can find spray foam insulation in an open cell or closed cell foam. While the open cell is less expensive, it is also less dense and therefore will have less of an ‘R’ value.

Rigid Foam Board Insulation

Rigid foam board insulation is often used on the exterior of the home or building. It is installed first, and then the siding is applied over top. Some siding companies like Alcoa, have designed a siding product that combines both. It has the foam insulation bonded directly to the siding itself. This will allow you to save a lot of time during the installation process.

Blown in Insulation

Another common type used in attics is a loose fill, or blown in insulation. Blown in insulation can be made of fiberglass, rock wool or cellulose. It is pumped in through a hose and blown in to the desired location. The ‘R’ value of this type is measured by how thickly it is blown in. Obviously, the thicker it is, the higher the ‘R’ value is. There is also garage door insulation as well as insulation for individual components such as gasket insulation.

Insulation in Your Home

In order to get the best possible insulating qualities that will serve your purposes, you’ll have to go out and do a little research. Going online is a great place to start, as you can have the information right at your finger tips for easy comparison. If you’re looking for ways to save money, not only in the cold winter months, but also in the hot simmer ones, then improving the insulation in your home is the first place you need to start.

 

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