A well-insulated house not only keeps you and your family comfortable all year long, but it can also save you up to 20% on energy costs.
Choosing the right home insulation can be a challenge, however, and it’s helpful to know and understand your options.
1. Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is an excellent option for creating an air barrier in a new attic and is mostly used in new home construction.
This type of insulation includes open-cell and closed-cell spray foam. Open cell refers to bubbles in the insulation that never completely close. Air becomes trapped in between the bubble to create tiny air pockets that slow down the heat as it passes through.
The cells of closed cell foam are closed and packed together tightly. This makes for denser, stronger insulation. Closed cell spray foam is more expensive than open cell foam.
In general, foam insulation products – such as spray foam – create a secure air seal in your home while helping you to save on your energy bills. Also, foam insulation doesn’t sag like some other types.
2. Fiberglass Insulation
Fiberglass is the most common form of insulation, and it has several advantages, including that it’s non-flammable. Fiberglass insulation is primarily used between joists, studs, and beams.
Owens Corning ProCat is a type of blown-in insulation frequently used in attics. ProCat expands to 20 times its size to provide the most comprehensive coverage.
Fiberglass insulation can sag over time and should be re-installed occasionally. Owens Corning ProCat has a 1-year settling warranty.
3. Cellulose Insulation
Cellulose insulation is an organic way to insulate your home and is typically made from recycled paper. Cellulose insulation materials are treated with chemicals to help provide better protection from heat, moisture, and gas.
While cellulose insulation is less expensive than other types, it can settle and shift to one side of the attic while not creating a super-tight air seal. It is organic and therefore can initiate organic growth (mold).
4. Mineral Wool Insulation
Also known as rock wool insulation, mineral wool insulation is similar to fiberglass insulation and is easy to install. It can tolerate a higher temperature than other forms of insulation. But it’s also more expensive than fiberglass insulation. It can contain asbestos in some areas and needs to be tested.
5. Vermiculite Insulation
Can contain asbestos and harmful compounds if stimulated. It must be removed by a licensed remediation company who is certified to remove and dispose of it. We will talk more about this in a later blog.
Call Wyoming Roofing if you’re thinking about insulating or re-insulating your home. They’re the only Owens Corning Platinum preferred contractor in Northeast Wyoming.