As you’re making decisions about what type of insulation you should put in your residence or place of work, consider these advantages, disadvantages and installation information:
Types of Insulation Materials
- Advantage: Most common, non-flammable and resistant to moisture damage.
- Disadvantage: Can be highly irritating to your skin and lungs if you come in direct contact with it.
- Installation: Fairly simple and you can do it yourself. Typically, fiberglass comes in batts, blankets and loose fill that you can fit in between studs and beams.
- Advantage: Environmentally friendly, as it is made from organic recycled paper and cardboard.
- Disadvantage: While it is treated to be resistant to moisture and pests, it’s insulating ability decreases significantly when it absorbs moisture. As a result, cellulose insulation needs to be replaced about every 5 years.
- Installation: Installed by blowing into place or pouring it into the desired location. Makes it easier to fill oddly shaped areas.
- Rock Wool (Also called mineral wool)
- Advantage: Fire resistant since it is able to withstand extremely high temperatures, as well as noise resistant. Comparable to fiberglass.
- Disadvantage: Rock wool is more expensive and not as common as other insulating materials.
- Installation: Installed as sheets into walls.
- Spray Foam
- Advantage: Good for enclosing and insulating existing walls, abnormally shaped areas, or working around obstructions.
- Disadvantage: Spray foam isn’t very thick and contracts with age, pulling away from framing.
- Installation: Small quantities come in spray containers, but if you need large quantities, you may have to purchase a pressurized sprayer.
Insulation isn’t the only way to save on your energy costs! Having the right air conditioning system for your home or workplace is a must.