Spring is among us and this is a perfect time of year to install insulation. One of the big decisions in installing insulation is the decision of what type of insulation to choose. There are many different types of insulation and each insulation contractor specializes in different types. Three of the most common insulation materials are fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam. Read about each type in this blog: What are the Three Types of Insulation
The most popular type of insulation is fiberglass insulation. This type of insulation has many benefits which include but are not limited to repelling fire, not supporting mold growth, and controlling sound travel. The way fiberglass insulation is installed is in batt form. This means that the insulation comes in a large roll and then is rolled out in the area insulation is installed. When fitting the insulation to the space, it is to be installed, it must be cut properly so there are no gaps to ensure the insulation will insulate the home well. One of the most affordable insulations is fiberglass insulation which is partly why it is such a popular choice.
Cellulose insulation is a popular preference of insulation for a home and is a good alternative to fiberglass. Cellulose insulation is often seen as the greenest material used for insulation. It is made of recycled paper materials which gives it the green insulation title. To install, cellulose insulation is a loose-fill type of insulation. This means that the insulation is blown into the area, such as an attic or wall. The insulation can be installed over previous insulation without having to remove it if you are looking for an added layer of insulation.
Another common type of insulation for your home is spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is installed by spraying the material in the area that needs to be insulated and when the chemicals mix, they expand to fill the space. Once the insulation sets, it will harden. One way spray foam insulation differs from other types of insulation is that it helps support the structure of the building. The hardened material acts as glue and will help keep the structure in place. A benefit of spray foam insulation is that it is durable, it can last for 30+ years. Spray foam also does not become damaged if exposed to moisture as other insulation materials might.
Each type of insulation has its own benefits and it is important to choose which insulation works best for you. Contact Century Insulation to have more of your questions about the types of insulation. Your local insulation contractor in Circle Pines, Minnesota, is here to help!