The 4 Most Common Types of Home Insulation
Insulation is insulation, right? There are actually more types than you might think, each with different uses and benefits. As with many elements of home improvement, there is rarely a "one-size-fits-all" approach, especially for homes in Texas with drastic temperature fluctuations.
Whether your home is located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin or San Antonio, it can likely benefit from an insulation assessment. Let's look at the four most popular types of home insulation on the market today for you to consider.
1. Fiberglass Insulation
Fiberglass insulation is one of the most widely used and recognizable types of insulation. It consists of tiny glass fibers that are layered or blown into the desired space. Fiberglass insulation is available in batts (pre-cut rolls) or loose-fill form, making it suitable for different applications.
Here are some features and benefits of fiberglass insulation:
Excellent thermal characteristics: Fiberglass insulation effectively reduces heat transfer, keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Cost effective: Fiberglass insulation is relatively affordable, making it a popular choice for homeowners on a budget.
Sound absorption: Fiberglass insulation helps minimize noise transmission, enhancing the acoustics within your home.
Fire resistant: Fiberglass insulation is non-combustible and can slow the spread of fire.
2. Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is a versatile option that expands upon application to create a seamless and airtight barrier. It is typically made from polyurethane or polyisocyanurate and can be sprayed or injected into walls, attics and crawl spaces.
Here are some features and benefits of spray foam insulation:
Superior insulation properties: Spray foam insulation has a high R-value, meaning it provides excellent thermal resistance.
Air sealing qualities: Its expanding nature allows spray foam insulation to fill gaps and cracks, effectively sealing off air leaks.
Moisture barrier: Spray foam insulation can act as a moisture barrier, preventing water infiltration and reducing the risk of mold growth.
Long lifespan: When properly installed, spray foam insulation can last for several decades without losing its insulating properties.
3. eShield™ Foil Insulation
eShield™ is a multilayer reflective foil insulation that provides an exceptionally-efficient solution to thermal insulation needs. Traditional insulation does an adequate job of combating two of the most common types of heat flow, conductive and convective heat, but is ineffective against radiant heat from the sun. Rather than absorbing heat, eShield™ creates a radiant barrier that reflects 97 percent of all radiant heat transfer.
eShield™ foil insulation is typically installed in attics and actually works in combination with existing insulation, providing more savings than adding another foot of fiberglass. In addition to its effectiveness, eShield™ is environmentally friendly, allowing you to reduce your overall spending while staying green.
4. Cellulose Insulation
Cellulose insulation is an eco-friendly option made from recycled paper fibers, typically treated with fire-resistant chemicals. It can be blown into walls, attics, and other areas using specialized equipment.
Here are some features and benefits of cellulose insulation:
Performance: Cellulose insulation provides effective thermal resistance, helping to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.
Sustainable and environmentally friendly: Made from recycled materials, cellulose insulation is a greener option compared to some other insulation types.
Fire resistant: Treated cellulose insulation has fire-retardant properties, making it a safer choice.
Soundproofing qualities: Cellulose insulation can help reduce noise transmission, creating a quieter living space.
Choosing the right type of insulation is crucial for creating an energy-efficient Texas home that promotes comfort and reduces energy consumption. To learn more about our revolutionary eShield™ foil insulation, contact Expo Home Improvement today.