As any homeowner knows, insulation can make a big difference in terms of comfort and longevity of the house itself. The attic is widely seen as one of the most difficult areas of the home to insulate – and the most necessary. With only the roof separating the attic from the elements, insulating is a key element of protecting not only the attic but the rest of the home as well. Choosing the right type of insulation is one of the first steps in getting your attic ready to keep the outside weather from getting into the house. Read on to learn about the different types of insulation you should consider for your attic.
This type of insulation is a great option for using on unfinished walls and surfaces, making it ideal for applications in the attic. It is incredibly efficient since only a small amount is needed to fill in large spaces once it expands. It helps provide stability and sound insulation as well. Spray foam is the top recommended insulation material used today.
One of the most common types of household insulation, fiberglass blankets are rolls of insulation that can be cut to fit oddly shaped areas. Because it’s soft like cloth, it’s easy to work with. Plus, they are usually made with up to thirty percent recycled industrial waste, so it’s a good choice for the environmentally conscious. If you choose to go with fiberglass blankets, make sure that there are no gaps between pieces of the blanket; this can allow air to get through, defeating the purpose of the insulation.
Manufactured from a special flame-resistant recycled paper product, cellulose is a type of blown-in insulation. It is installed by blowing or spraying it into wall cavities, under floors, and in attics. This particular type is perfect for newly built houses before floors and walls are put in. However, it’s much more difficult to use after a home has already been built, due to the nature of the application.
Another type of blown-in insulation, loose-fill is another environmentally friendly option with around 80% of the material being made from recycled newspaper. This type of blown-in insulation is ideal for older homes with already-existing walls and floors. The only downside to this option is that in some cases it may not seal as well as some of the previous options, meaning more air is allowed inside.
While there are several great options for various home needs, spray foam and cellulose stand out as incredible insulators. They’re able to fill every crack and crevice, and when applied by a trained professional, these insulators will resist extreme temperatures and precipitation for years.
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