Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home  

Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home   

There are a few variables you should take into consideration before settling for a specific type of insulation for your home. And since there are in fact many different types of insulators, each perfect for certain situations, it is important to do some research into the best insulator for your needs. Therefore, the following is a brief rundown on the different types of insulators available, and which one works best in certain situations.

Concrete Insulators

Blocks of concrete can be improved in terms of their insulating abilities through several means. One way is by stuffing the interior core of each concrete block with insulation (this can include foam insulators or even wooden chips or straw). However, the problem with having wood in the core of cement blocks is that these areas are susceptible to mold and bacterial growths due to any water that may seep inside.

Some concrete blocks also have special bead-like structures incorporated into the mix that greatly improves their ability to regulate temperatures.

Spray Foam

Most commonly this type of insulator is applied in attics or basements due to the ease at which they can be applied in tight spaces, as well as the ease at which they can be dismantled and replaced. Spray foams can also be used to seal cracks or areas where

Most commonly this type of insulator is applied in attics or basements due to the ease at which they can be applied in tight spaces, as well as the ease at which they can be dismantled and replaced. Spray foams can also be used to seal cracks or areas where air is most likely to leak through such as in windows panes or surrounding doors.

Foam Boards

Foam boards are probably the most commonly used insulation material as it can be placed in virtually any part of the house, all the way from the basement to the top of the attic. These boards are also extremely easy to install and can be used in both the exterior sheathing as well as the interior insulation.

Reflective Insulation

This type of insulation is a bit different compared to most in that it reflects heat away from a living space, ensuring that your home is cool and requires less air conditioning. This material involves, as the name suggests, a reflective material on the exterior that helps bounce light and heat away from one’s home.

Radiant Barriers

Similar to reflective insulation, radiant barriers also do a great job in preventing excess heat from entering your home, helping to lower cooling costs dramatically. This type of insulation is usually found in the roof to help prevent the transfer of heat into the attic.

Anything Else?

As you can see, there are many different types of insulators that can be placed in various different parts of your homes. Many people often think though those insulators help to trap heat inside the home, when in fact there are many types of insulators that actually help reflect light and keep one’s home nice and cool.

It should also be noted that each category of insulators also has a subset of insulator types that are made from varying materials which ultimately impacts their effectiveness in either trapping heat or helping to prevent heat from coming in. Regardless of which you choose, it is essential to do the necessary research and recognizing what it is exactly that you are trying to accomplish by installing insulation.

 

 

This post was sponsored by Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling based out of Lenexa, KS.  We appreciate our bruds over there in KC for their continued support of the craft!