Gosh, we are learning a lot about insulation this month! What an exciting topic, and what an exciting time to be alive. Earlier this month we told you that all of your precious energy may be escaping through the attic in your home. After (maybe) scaring you a bit, we mentioned that installing new insulation or upgrading existing insulation could solve many of your energy loss problems. Unless you have some contracting experience, you might not know all of the ins and outs of insulation. While we touched briefly on the topic of R-value, we didn’t dive in deep into the topic of different types of insulation. Let’s learn about the different types of insulation!
Insulation that fits your needs – Just roll it out!
Batts and blankets are among the most popular type of insulation. This is largely due to the fact that they are extremely easy to transport and install, making them ideal for anyone interested in insulation DIY projects. However, insulation blankets and batts are not a one-size-fits all solution. You are going to have to cut the section to get them to fit in corners and tight areas or around pipes and other obstruction. Other forms of insulation are better suited for coverings the nooks and crannies of an attic. There are several different types of insulation blankets/batts, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Cotton batts are work great with walls, and are often made of recycled materials, but they are not as widely available as other types.
Fiberglass batts/blankets are widely available and are designed to fit around and between features like rafters and studs. One drawback about fiberglass is that it is extremely itchy if you come in contact with it, so make sure you wear protective clothing!
Finally, we have rockwool, which is very fire-resistant, and doesn’t have the same itching properties as fiberglass. It does however retain moisture which can cause the growth of mold and mildew.