When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.
Insulation helps your home to retain its heat and save on your energy bills. Since there are different types of insulation on the market, you need to consider a few different factors when making a final decision on which type of insulation to purchase. To help make the process of re-insulating your home simpler, consider the following factors.
The R-value is a measurement of how well the heat is going to flow through your space based upon the overall thickness of the material being used. It is the difference in temperature across the area in relation to the amount of heat loss in your area.
The thicker the insulation is, the better it will be for keeping your home nice and toasty during the cool winter months. Compressing the insulation reduces the overall thickness of the insulation and decreases its effectiveness. For your insulation to work properly, you want it to be as thick and fluffy as it possibly can be. If your home is insulated the right way, it can transfer heat better.
Permeability is a measurement of how well moisture or air can flow through the material. Essentially, you want your insulation to be impermeable, which means your material isn't allowing air to go through it. Foam insulation is the most common product on the market today that is impermeable. All of the other types of insulation that are permeable have to be combined with a material that is impermeable to form a solid barrier for your home and ensure maximum performance.
Another thing you need to think about when choosing insulation is which one is going to prevent pests from making their way into your home. Fiberglass insulation doesn't pose a risk to pests and isn't a viable food source for them either. While foam doesn't provide pests with food, it does open up a nice path for rodents, termites and other pests to make their way into your home without your being able to detect it. A lot of the rigid foams can be treated using borates that help to keep pests at bay.
With so many different types of insulation on the market and factors to consider when making a buying decision, it isn't always easy to know which one is going to work the best for you. Take your time and look at the bigger picture in terms of what you are trying to accomplish with your new insulation. Also, talk with professional insulation contractors, such as those at Four Seasons Insulation Ltd, for more information and expert advice.Share