While it may not seem like the most important aspect of an Old Hickory home at first glance, insulation does a lot to ensure homes stay warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Most homeowners are familiar with the fluffy pink fiberglass insulation that’s commonly used in homes, but there are actually many more different types of insulation available. Here are some of the different types of insulation homeowners can use in their homes.
Especially effective in cold weather, cellulose is a great option for homeowners who want a green option for their insulation instead of the normal fiberglass. Cellulose insulation is made from 85% recycled paper, so it’s environmentally friendly. Homeowners may be concerned about the cellulose insulation being flammable due to being made of paper, but it can be treated with a special solution that makes it fire retardant. Cellulose insulation is most often seen in the form of loose-fill insulation, so this is an option that can’t be installed the DIY route.
Like cellulose insulation, cotton insulation is also a green option. It’s sometimes known as “denim” or “blue jeans” insulation due to a portion of it being made from 85% recycled materials—most commonly clothing such as denim. Cotton insulation is fire-resistant to provide homeowners peace of mind. Cotton insulation is unfortunately fairly uncommon, but it’s slowly becoming more popular as time goes on. However, homeowners will likely have more luck finding a place to purchase cotton insulation from other rising green insulations.
Spray Foam Insulation
One of the most effective types of insulation is spray foam insulation. Unlike batts, blankets, and loose-fill insulation, spray foam expands to fill every nook and cranny without leaving any empty space whatsoever. After the foam has expanded and hardened, the excess needs to be cut away to create a flat surface so drywall can be placed over it. Spray foam insulation is another insulation type that needs to be professionally installed into a home, so homeowners can’t save money by doing it on their own.
Another environmentally friendly insulation option is wool insulation. Wool is sheared from sheep and other wooly animals, so it’s a highly renewable resource. Wool is also naturally fire retardant, so homeowners worried about house fires can sleep easier at night. Unfortunately, wool insulation isn’t very common, so it can be difficult to find a place to purchase it, and homeowners will more than likely have to special order it. Like many other insulation types, if wool is exposed to water, it can have problems with mold and mildew, so homeowners need to ensure their home doesn’t have any leaks.
Fiberglass is the most common and affordable type of insulation, and it can be purchased at nearly every hardware store. Fiberglass will most commonly come in batts and blankets, which makes it easy for homeowners to install without hiring a contractor. This makes it a good option for homeowners who want to save money or just enjoy DIYing. However, for homeowners who prefer not to install it on their own, because fiberglass insulation is so common, it’s nearly impossible to find a contractor who can’t install it.
These are just a few of the different types of insulation available to homeowners. Gone are the days of being restricted to fiberglass. Now, homeowners can take their insulation into their own hands and choose the material that suits their lifestyle best—whether it’s choosing something that’s good for the environment or something that’s good for their wallet.