A Guide to Choosing the Proper Home Insulation

A Guide to Choosing the Proper Home Insulation

Insulation in the home is essential to help ensure a proper indoor climate all year long. Regardless of whether you live in a cold or hot climate, it is beneficial not only for comfort but also cost-wise to have the right insulation installed in various places of your home. At Insulation Pros of Colorado, as a trusted leader among home insulation contractors, we offer an array of insulation products for the home that can help ensure comfortable and cost-efficient living spaces.

Below we cover various types of common insulation products and materials to help you make the right insulation choices for your home.

Types of Home Insulation

When choosing home insulation the R-Value of the insulation indicates the product’s resistance to heat flow or thermal performance. Various areas of the home require different insulation R-values for adequate or optimum performance.

Loose-Fill and Blown-In Insulation

Loose-fill insulation is commonly made of fiberglass or cellulose. Home insulation contractors blow this insulation into place using a special machine. This type of insulation fills up any hard-to-reach locations, including nooks and crannies. It is usually installed in unfinished attic floors and enclosed walls. It is applied in “cold spot” areas to prevent the entrance of air from the outside. R-values of this insulation may vary from 2 to 4 per inch, depending on the manufacturer and product.

Sprayed Foam Insulation

Often more expensive than other types of insulation, foam insulation usually has a higher R-Value and prevents the need for weatherizing, including calking. Home insulation contractors can install foam insulation in its open cell or closed cell form. Open-cell foam includes air-filled cells that give it a spongy texture. Closed-cell foam includes a gas that expands the foam, filling up any open spaces, which gives it a more dense texture than open-cell foam. Closed-cell foam should be used in areas exposed to water. It also has a higher R-Value than open-cell foam.

Rigid Fiber Insulation

When it comes to insulation air ducts, rigid fiber insulation is an ideal choice. Rigid fiber insulation boards are constructed of either mineral wool or fiberglass and installed on the outside surfaces of air ducts. This insulation is high temperature resistant and is a good option if you use a significant amount of heat in a cold climate.

To learn about the insulation products we offer at Insulation Pros of Colorado, give us a call today at 970.980.6455 or send us a message through our contact form..