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The Pros and Cons of The Different Kinds of Insulation

The Pros and Cons of The Different Kinds of Insulation

In terms of insulation, some homeowners think that there’s only one type, such as the pieces of fluff that are scattered in their attic or attached to their walls. However, what most don’t know is that there’s actually more than one type of insulation and it’s vital that you know as much as you can about them.

In this post, the roof repair experts of 3JM Exteriors, Inc. discusses everything you need to know about the different kinds of insulation and their pros and cons.

Rigid Foam

Rigid foam insulation is composed of panels that can be used on any part of your home. This kind of insulation offers higher R-values compared to any other insulating material and are fairly easy to work with. However, keep in mind that you’ll have to knock your existing walls down to install them and then apply a new layer of drywall and paint to make it work.

Blanket Batts and Rolls

This type of insulation is typically made of fiberglass, mineral wool or plastic and natural fibers. The advantage of this insulation type is that they’re widely available and accessible and can be installed in ceilings, unfinished floors, attic spaces and crawl spaces. The disadvantages that come with it, meanwhile, include a somewhat low R-value that makes adding 10-12 inches of insulation necessary to achieve the right amount.

Sprayed Foam

Sprayed foam insulation is a liquid type of insulation that is sprayed where it’s needed and left to harden to become an effective insulation material. The advantage of this is that it can be twice as insulating compared to batt insulation and can fill small cavities to reduce air leakage, making pipes, wires and window and door frame application possible. According to insulation and roof repair pros, however, is that it’s a costly option and can absorb water if used below ground level.

Loose Fill

Loose fill insulation, on the other hand, is composed of small particles of fiber, foam or other materials and is often blown into spaces to be used for walls, ceilings, attics and crawl spaces without any disruption. It’s environmentally friendly compared to other insulation materials but one will need to thoroughly air seal it and install soffit venting to make it an effective insulation material. Another disadvantage of this insulation type is that it can also easily succumb to mold and rot if it comes into contact with moisture for a long period of time.

For assistance in your roof repair plans, don’t hesitate to turn to 3JM Exteriors, Inc. We are your number one provider of roof repair and commercial roofing services. Give us a call at (630) 882-2422 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Barrington, Northbrook, Woodbridge and other nearby areas in IL.