Types of Insulation: Vol. 1
September 18, 2015
Fall is coming, and what better time to make sure your home is properly insulated? Checking, replacing or repairing your insulation is best done before it gets too cold outside so that you’re ready when the cold weather really sets in.
So, what type of insulation should you use? This two- part series will give you an idea of different types of insulation and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your home.
Batts and blankets style insulation is one of the more common styles used in residential areas. Made out of a variety of different materials such as fibreglass, cotton and Rockwool, this style of insulation is one of the easiest to install. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, so make sure to research each when choosing what will work best in your home.
- Fibreglass – the most widely available but the fibres can be very itchy if they come in contact with your skin.
- Cotton Balls – it is easier to handle and doesn’t itch like fibreglass but is much less widely available.
- Rockwool – this is one of the most eco-friendly options, being made from up to 90 per cent recycled materials but can be quite expensive and hard to find.
Loose fill insulation can also be a great option if you’re a DIY-er. It is a great option in attics but can also have some drawbacks. Again, there are multiple types of loose fill, so make sure you do your research.
- Fibreglass – again, watch for the itch factor. This fill is easy to install but can condense easily, losing effectiveness. It is best used in warmer climates or in conjunction with another type of insulation.
- Cellulose – much heavier than fibreglass, it cannot be used in every part of the home. It is best in ceilings and walls. It is also very good in cooler climates.
Next week, we will cover two more types of insulation and provide more information for insulating your home.
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