Most of us have insulation in our homes but there is a lot you might not know about insulation and what its properties are. It is important to know the right information about insulation especially if you are looking to update it. This is the final part of a three-part blog series that answers common questions about insulation. FAQ about Insulation
Should I Install My Own Insulation or Hire a Professional?
If you are comfortable with the job, and it is a small job, then you can do it yourself. Most of the time this type of insulation is installed in attics or crawl spaces that are not easily accessible by large equipment. If you are unsure whether or not you should install your own insulation or hire a professional, take into consideration how much of an investment in time and money installing your own will cost. If it is more than you think you are cut out for, then consider hiring an insulation contractor! A professional contractor will make sure that everything gets done correctly so that your home remains energy efficient for years to come!
Which Insulation is the Best?
Fiberglass insulation is the most cost-effective insulation and can provide a good R-value at a low price. Cellulose insulation, on the other hand, provides an environmentally friendly option that is also affordable. Spray foam insulation is durable and water-resistant while being energy efficient; this makes it great for use in basement walls and crawlspaces. Each type of insulation has its own benefits depending on what you are looking for in your home or building project—from cost savings to durability to environmental friendliness—so there’s no one right answer when it comes to choosing which type of insulation is best for you! Choose what is best for you and your situation!
What is R-Value?
R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance or insulation quality. It measures how well a material resists heat flow by comparing the amount of heat transferred through the insulation to the amount of heat conducted through an uninsulated surface. R-Values for fiberglass batts are about 3.5 per inch; for foam boards, it’s about 2 per inch. R-Values for cellulose insulation (made from recycled newspaper) range from about 3.5 to 4 per inch and can be obtained in thicknesses ranging from 1/2 inch to 4 inches. The higher the R-Value, the more effective your home will be at maintaining its temperature when it gets cold outside and keeping heating costs down. The lower your home’s R-Value rating (say 0), then the more likely ice dams will form on your roof during winter months due to condensation forming on its underside as warm air rises up inside walls followed by water freezing in place once outside temperatures drop below freezing point.
If you have any further questions about insulation or the best way to insulate your home, please contact us at Century Insulation. We would be happy to help you with any concerns or questions. We are your local reliable insulation company near Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Reach out to us today!