Homeowners: Learn How to Choose the Correct Insulation
Homeowners, the time has come to choose the correct insulation materials for your attic or basement walls to ensure your everlasting comfort. Like many choices in life, you may feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of insulation materials on the market today. If that’s the case, I’d like to suggest that you read this informative blog post, which contains expert tips.
Tip #1 – Pay Attention to R-Values
An R-value, or thermal efficiency, measures how well you home resists your states temperature fluctuations. In the winter insulation will keep you toasty warm, whereas in the summer it will keep you comfortable as it resists heat. In Washington, you should look for insulation with an R-value of R30 to R60 for uninsulated attics, and R25 to R38 when adding to your existing insulation.
Tip #2 – Determining Insulation Type
Loose Fill Insulation – Loose cellulose or fiberglass insulation that is blown into a wall cavity or attic by state-of-the-art equipment. This type of insulation is typically not well suited to concrete or stone walls, because of moisture. You can find loose fill insulation with R-values ranging between 20 and 40. This is one of the least inexpensive insulation options.
Batt Insulation – Composed of mineral materials or fiberglass, this type of insulation material is best for homeowners seeking affordability. R-values typically range from 14 to 22. Not the easiest material to work with and install. If not installed correctly, you will lose energy efficiency.
Spray Foam Insulation – Expandable spray foam that is applied directly to surfaces such as ceilings and roof-decks in order to efficiently resist heat and cold. You can find R-values ranging anywhere from 20 to 40. This type of material is one of the priciest options available today.
Rigid/Board-Stock Insulation – Foam, mineral, or fiberglass boards that was designed for exterior use only – best for roofing, siding, foundation and decking projects. You can choose between R20 to R28 when selecting R-values. This insulation works well in wet conditions.