Types of Attic Insulation - What Works Best

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There are quite a few types of attic insulation options. Many people don’t have a clear sense of what they actually want out of their insulation. That can lead them to hire the contractor that offers the lowest budget. We are not saying that more expensive companies are better, but it’s at least a good idea to get a feel for what’s available. Also as a homeowner knowing what a proper attic insulation job should look like is going to be key to realizing whether or not you need new insulation or if it was done right.

Some of the main types of attic insulation include fiberglass batts, cellulose, loose-fill fiberglass and spray foam. The main difference in the fiberglass options to the naked eye is the way that the insulation is going to take up the space that it needs to. You need to make sure that fiberglass based insulations are well set up, particularly if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain. Fiberglass based insulations don’t do great against moisture. That’s definitely something that you want to look into.

What To Know About Fiberglass Options

There are plenty of insulation companies near me that use this type of insulation on do it yourself projects. What makes this type of insulation easier to install is that you can find it on sale in large sheets. You can just buy as much as you need and try to apply it to the walls of your house with a bit of force or maybe some glue. That’s going to depend on the type of framework that you have around that attic area. This type of insulation though is a lot of times preferred even by professionals in attics. It’s typically a material that is going to be able to cope with high temperatures a bit better. You have to be very careful about that though.

Attics more often than not have the house’s heating system setup up there. What happens is that when the heating system is in use the area can get really hot. There are certain types of fiberglass insulation options that are going to be able to hold up well against that heat. We can’t say the same for all of the options out there though. Make sure that you’re getting insulation that you know is going to be durable. Who wants to keep having insulation issues every so often?

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is arguably the most popular type of insulation. There are a couple of good reasons for this, for one it’s a lot easier to really cover the entirety of an area with this type of insulation. The process is simple enough, but you need to have the right equipment and expertise to handle this type of insulation. Oddly enough it may not be the ideal type of insulation for attics with machinery inside the attic. If it gets too hot this type of insulation is more flammable. Things can go bad real fast. Be careful what recommendations you choose to follow.  

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