The Ultimate Guide To Home Insulation
July 21, 2022
Choosing to insulate your home is a good investment that pays off for several years. Getting your home insulated through professional insulation contractors is beneficial to preventing energy losses in both the winter and in the summer and can even reduce your bills to half. It also reduces carbon emissions.
For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be insulated from every corner, from the roof to its walls and the basement to the store room. The best time to insulate your home is during its construction or renovation phases, but you could do it after the construction as well. However, doing so often is messier and overwhelmingly frustrating.
Evidently, the insulation process is very complex and tricky. There are several types of insulation, and it gets difficult to choose the one that best fits your home. Also, it is equally important first to figure out what parts of your home need insulation. The effectiveness of the process largely depends on how well it is installed and how stable it is for the environment and your area’s climate.
This blog post will guide you through the whole process of insulation and includes tips on the best types of insulation, and their pros and cons.
Where To Insulate In A Home?
Before getting started with the home insulation process, it is important to decide which part of your home needs insulation. For better efficiency and effectiveness, it’s recommended to insulate all areas of your home. This includes walls, floors, basement, attic spaces, and windows.
If you want to do selective insulation, start with the areas where heat escapes during the winter and finds its way into the house in the summer. For multistory buildings, you should consider interior walls and mid-floor insulation. To ensure the effectiveness of the operation, insulation should be started from the walls, then the roof, and at the end, the floors.
Important Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best Type Of Insulation
You have figured out where you want the insulation. Now it’s time to choose the best option for your home. This depends upon a lot of factors, let’s discuss them:
Measure The Thickness And Depth Of The Insulation
Check all the walls, floors, and the roof where heat may escape. Inspect and measure the thickness of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls to get an idea. Once you have calculated the required thickness of the insulation, you can move on to the 2nd factor, which is the R-Value.
Determine The R-Value
An insulating material’s resistance to heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the effectiveness. The R-value will depend on the type of insulation, its thickness, and its density. Before finalizing the material, make sure that you have the correct R-values. This has a lot to do with the effectiveness and efficiency of the insulation process.
You can’t go beyond your budget. If you are planning to insulate a large part of your house, selecting the right insulation material can make a huge difference. The cost difference between various materials can add up or remove hundreds of dollars from the budget.
When deciding on the material, you will also want to consider other factors, such as the longevity of the insulation material, ease of installation, and its impact on the air quality. If you don’t want to invest much, make a balanced choice between a moderate budget and a good-quality insulating material.
Types Of Insulation
There are several types of insulation, and there is no one “best” type that suits every home. Each type comes with its unique pros and cons and is suitable for varying purposes. Some of the most common types are;
It is made up of glass and sand bonded with an agent. It has a good r-value and comes in various forms. One disadvantage is that it is usually bonded together with formaldehyde, which emits dangerous particulate matter (VOC) into the home.
Cellulose insulation is made up of recycled paper, which is first broken down into pieces and then fiberized into the final product. It fits nicely in the building cavities and sticks there. It requires no extra adhesives and is suitable for new construction or already constructed homes.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam is a chemical solution insulation product that expands up way beyond its size from a mixing reaction caused during the spraying process. This type of insulation is good for filling cracks and gaps in installation. It typically has the highest R-Value.
Mineral Wool Insulation
Mineral wool insulation is made from rock wool that consists of natural minerals like basalt or diabase. It is usually fire resistant and is available as loose-fill, rolls, and batt insulation.
Natural Fiber Insulation
Some natural fibers like cotton, animal wool, and straw can also be used as insulation. However, these materials need chemical treatment to become fire and moisture-resistant.
To Sum Up
A perfectly insulated home will give you peace of mind in extreme weather conditions. As the process is fairly complex and cumbersome, it is suggested that you hire an experienced and professional home builder to insulate your home.
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Monarchy Build provides you with its local team of Royally-Certified™ Contractors, and quality materials and construction for an all-in-one build experience. We offer many insulation options; from fiberglass/mineral wool batts and vapor barriers to blown-in cellulose and fiberglass. To get in touch with the best residential insulation contractors in Ottawa, you can contact us here.