It’s best to learn about the benefits of insulation and the different types of insulation available before beginning your project. Below, we have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked insulation questions. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact us online or call (513) 341-8918! We are happy to help.
Insulation is a material that stops the transfer of heat and helps increase the energy efficiency of your home. In the summer, it stops warm air from leaking in, and during the winter, it helps heat stay in your home rather than escaping out. How insulation stops heat depends on the type and material.
There are many different types of insulation available:
A few factors determine how much insulation you need to install, including:
It’s best to talk to a professional insulation contractor for your specific situation, but in general, your whole house should be insulated, including:
If you’ve ever talked to an insulation contractor, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term “R-value.” Basically, the R-value of a certain type of insulation refers to how effective it is at stopping heat transfer. The R-value depends on the material, thickness, and density of the insulation, and of course, installation (improperly installed insulation is almost like having no insulation at all).
The biggest reason to install insulation is the energy savings. Besides helping you save money and increase the energy efficiency of your home, insulation can help reduce noise and improve interior comfort levels.
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New construction insulation is installed in new homes and buildings being constructed while retrofit (or re-insulation) insulation refers to installing insulation in existing homes and buildings. Typically, the same insulation materials are used for both types of insulation projects.
Commonly used, this insulation comes in the form of batts and rolls. It consists of flexible fibers—generally fiberglass. However, batts and rolls can also be made from mineral wool, plastic fibers and natural fibers, such as cotton or sheep’s wool.
The amount of insulation energy savings you’ll see will depend on a few factors:
Here are some signs that you may need to insulate your attic:
When insulation is old or damaged by mold, insects, water, fire or something else, your insulation should be completely replaced.
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Batt insulation is the type of insulation that comes in large fiberglass rolls, while blown-in insulation is installed with a special blowing device.
Spray foam consists of two liquid chemical components and is made by mixing and reacting the chemicals to create the foam.
Insulation reduces the transmission of sound from one area by creating a barrier that absorbs vibrations between the sources of the noise and surrounding areas.
Not every type of insulation is ideal for reducing outside noises. Cellulose and blown-in/loose fill fiberglass insulation are great choices if you are interested in soundproofing benefits.
Cellulose can often be completely recovered and reused on site, leaving hardly any excess material to go to waste. Fiberglass can also be reclaimed from demolition debris and recycled into a new product.
If you have any additional questions about insulation that are not addressed on this page, please contact us online or call (513) 341-8918 for insight from our insulation experts!
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