3 Types of Home Insulation – Royal Examiner

Insulation protects your home against heat and cold, depending on the season. It also creates an acoustic barrier. Whether you’re planning major renovations or building a new home, don’t let your insulation become an afterthought. Here are three types of insulation materials to consider for your home.

1. Synthetic. Although economical and efficient, this type of insulation is harmful to the environment and cannot be recycled. It does not decompose naturally and can be flammable. Therefore, it must be installed with fire resistant materials. Polystyrene and polyurethane are among the most common synthetic insulations.

2. Mineral based. Made with raw and partially recycled materials, this type of insulation is incombustible and does not decompose. It can, however, attract insects that can nest in your walls. For this reason, you should replace this type of insulation every ten years. Rock wool, fiberglass and cellular glass are well-known mineral insulators.

3. Natural insulators. Plant insulators are recyclable and do not require a lot of energy to produce. They also help keep your home cooler in the summer months. However, since natural insulation is not very effective at managing moisture, it requires careful installation. Cellulose, hemp, and cotton are some of the most popular natural insulators you can use.

Depending on the type of insulation you choose, you may be able to install it with a spray applicator or in pre-cut sections. Also, some insulation comes in the form of large rolls or cubes of foam. Some methods are more advisable than others, depending on accessibility and the size of the area to be insulated.

Avoid mistakes by relying on an insulation contractor to handle your installation.