Insulation Options: Which Should Your Home Use?

Learn more about five different types of insulation homeowners can install in their homes.

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Insulation Options: Which Should Your Home Use?

Posted by Gary Ashton on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 10:39am.

5 Insulation Types For Your HomeInsulation is extremely important for both keeping a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. However, many homeowners don’t realize just how many different options they have to choose from for their home. Not all types of insulation are equally effective, so homeowners have a chance to choose one that they think is best for their home. Here are some of the different types of insulation and what makes them good choices for a home.

Fiberglass Insulation

Most Nolensville homeowners are familiar with fiberglass insulation because it’s the most common type used in homes. Fiberglass insulation can be fond in batts and blankets, which are rolls of insulation that can be cut as needed to create the right size. Because of its wide availability, homeowners who want to install new insulation as a weekend DIY project may want to choose this type. And for those who would rather hire someone to get the job done, there are very few contractors who are unfamiliar with fiberglass insulation because it’s so common.

Wool Insulation

While fiberglass may be the most convenient, it isn’t the most environmentally friendly. Homeowners who want to have a green home may consider purchasing wool insulation, which is sheered from sheep and other similar animals, making it a highly renewable resource. However, it can be difficult to find wool insulation as it isn’t widely available, so homeowners will need to be ready to have to special ordered from somewhere. Wool insulation can also have troubles with moisture, which can lead to mold growth in the insulation. However, wool is naturally fire-resistant, which can help provide some extra peace of mind for homeowners who like taking every step possible to protect their home.

Cotton Insulation

Another form of green insulation is the type made from cotton, sometimes also known as “blue jeans” or “denim” insulation. Once again, cotton is a type of insulation that isn’t incredibly common, but homeowners will typically have better chances locating it at a hardware store than wool. While cotton insulation is a bit more expensive than fiberglass insulation,  it’s fire-resistant like wool, which can also help with keeping insects away. Cotton insulation is also made from 85% recycled materials, making it much greener than fiberglass.

Cellulose Insulation

Homeowners who want a type of insulation that is especially effective in cold weather will want to consider getting cellulose insulation for their home. Cellulose is made from 85% recycled paper, so it’s yet another green option for environmentally-conscious homeowners, and it can also have additives to make it fire retardant. However, cellulose insulation most often comes in loose-fill, which means it isn’t easy for homeowners who would prefer to go the DIY route, and they will instead need to hire a professional in order to ensure that it’s properly installed.

Spray Foam Insulation

The most unique option on this list is spray foam because it isn't installed like either batts or loose fill insulations. Instead, a liquid is sprayed onto the space where insulation, and it turns into foam that expands to fill the area, then any excess is cut away after that. Spray foam is one of the most effective types of insulations, but it also requires a lot more work compared to traditional insulation batts. Spray foam also must be applied by a contractor who can ensure that it’s properly applied and the walls are then finished correctly.

These are just some of the different types of home insulation on the market. For information on some of the other types, be sure to visit a local hardware store and speak with an expert who can give the pros and cons of other and help choose one that’s best for the home.

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