Posts Tagged blown-in insulation

Attic Insulation

With the ever increasing cost of home energy in Dallas, having a properly insulated attic is mandatory.

The most common methods of attic insulation are:

Blown Attic Insulation Dallas | Fort Worth | Plano TxBlown-In insulation which requires a machine to shoot a stream of loose insulation over the attic floor. This device reaches all crevices and other areas which could not be achieved.

Insulating attics floors with an R-value 30 is an excellent way to reduce energy bills by over 50%.
Sprayed foam polyurethane is another method which entails spraying the foams over the walls and rafters to reduce warming and extra heat in the buildings.

Best practice in attic insulation involves Installation of attic fans and electric ventilators to regulate the amount of heat within the buildings.

Benefits of adequate attic insulation.

These include; reduced level of noise, reduced energy costs, better thermal comfort all year round and condensation control among others. Attic insulation also reduces reliance on fossil fuels which helps in prevention of the greenhouse emissions.

There are a number of attic insulation options to choose from.

The most common are batt insulation or loose fill/blown-in insulation. The difference between these two is the fact that batt insulation is normally rolled in place while loose fill is blown or poured into your attic. Loose fill is great for low ceilings and those that have a lot of obstructions. However, requires you to first cover all vents, recessed lighting, and fans in order to use it. This is to prevent moisture build up in your attic.

Batt insulation normally comes with a vapor barrier. Therefore, you do not have to worry about moisture build up. All you need to do is roll it up into your attic. It is the simpler option of the two. However, you will not go wrong with either of these two attic insulation options for your Dallas Tx home.

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.

 

Dallas Insulation
3901 Arlington Highlands Blvd Ste 200
Arlington TX 76018
(817) 784-7747