When choosing the right insulation for your home or business, you may be wondering what will provide the best results. Insulation acts as the silent hero of your home or business, constantly protecting both the exterior and interior of your building from the outside elements of Mother Nature. However, certain situations may call for certain kinds of insulators. Learn more about batting, blown- in, and spray foam insulation.
What is Batting Insulation? Batting insulation is made of rectangular-shaped sheets of compressed fiberglass that friction fit together in between wall joints to keep the cold air out. Batting can also can be used as a ceiling insulator. Most homeowners prefer using batting insulation over blown in because they don’t like the idea of loose fibers being blown around and the potential health hazards that may come from breathing them in.
Advantages of Using Batting Insulation Batting insulation is often used when building residential homes. This is because it continues to be an added benefit to the environment by reducing the amount of air pollutants.
What is Blown-In Insulation? Blown-in insulation is made out of cellulose or newspaper material that is pumped into a machine and blown into tight spaces such as attics to seal tight roof pitches where batting insulation may not reach or seal properly.
Installing Batting Insulation Batting insulation usually comes in pre-cut panels that are readily available in a number of different size lengths, widths and R-value. The R-value represents how good the material is in its ability to transfer heat from one side of an object to the other. In other words, its thermal resistance to outside air. Batting panels come with or without facing material, which makes it easier to handle during the installation process. The facing acts as a vapor retardant and is generally made out of craft paper.
What is Foam Insulation?
Spray foam insulation is a spray-applied plastic that forms an air sealing barrier to ensure continuous insulation of walls, roofs, around corners, and on all contoured surfaces. Spray foam is made by mixing and reacting unique liquid components.
Benefits of Foam Insulation Spray foam acts as a barrier, sealing gaps and cracks while preventing air leakage. It can also reduce airborne noise from inside and outside your home. Your home may also be better protected from mold and mold growth