How to Choose the Correct Insulation

Posted By on December 28, 2017

Homeowners, the time has come to choose the correct insulation materials for your attic or basement walls to ensure your everlasting comfort. Like many choices in life, you may feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of insulation materials on the market today. If that’s the case, I’d like to suggest that you read this informative article, which contains expert tips.

Tip #1 – Pay Attention to R-Values
An R-value, or thermal efficiency, measures how well you home resists your states temperature fluctuations. In the winter insulation will keep you toasty warm, whereas in the summer it will keep you comfortable as it resists heat.

Tip #2 – Determining Insulation Type
Loose Fill Insulation – Loose cellulose or fiberglass insulation that is blown into a wall cavity or attic by state-of-the-art equipment. This type of insulation is typically not well suited to concrete or stone walls, because of moisture.

Batt Insulation – Composed of mineral materials or fiberglass, this type of insulation material is best for homeowners seeking affordability. Not the easiest material to work with and install. If not installed correctly, you will lose energy efficiency.

Spray Foam Insulation – Expandable spray foam that is applied directly to surfaces such as ceilings and roof-decks in order to efficiently resist heat and cold. Spray foam insulation offers the highest R-value and tremendous benefits. Learn more about spray foam insulation benefits.

Rigid/Board-Stock Insulation – Foam, mineral, or fiberglass boards that was designed for exterior use only – best for roofing, siding, foundation and decking projects. You can choose between R20 to R28 when selecting R-values. This insulation works well in wet conditions.

There are a wide variety of insulation solutions available for homeowners. Understanding the options available as compared to your energy saving goals can be difficult to identify on your own. Consult a Portland insulation professional for guidance with your project.