The Different Types of Home Insulation?

For every home-owner the varieties for home insulation are wide and a lot to choose from. They use rate scale of R-value which shows the ability to resist heat and cold, ergo insulation with high R value is more resistant of course. The materials used mostly in a home insulation are cellulose, rock wool and fibreglass. For home insulation there are different types of it which includes – blankets and batts, plastic foam, loose-fill and rigid boards.

A variety of different types of home insulation exist including: batts and blankets, loose-fill, plastic foam, rigid boards, and reflective. Each of these types has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The fibreglass is the most used material for home insulation. Most home owners are familiar with its fluffy, pink cotton like material. This kind of insulation material can resist fire and it does not rot at all. One of its basic disadvantages is that it’s not resistant to water so it may contribute to moisture and also rodents seems to make a habitat for them in this material. The fibreglass material which is a irritant to human and should be placed with the proper protective clothes including a dust mask, and eye protection.

Cellulose insulation is a material resistant to fire made from a mixture of treated recycled wood and paper. It became popular during the 70s, when recycling was first introduced to the public. It is best suited to being blown into existing walls or treated and watered into a sticky substance that can be sprayed on the insides of the walls. When it is sprayed, it has no only an insulation effect, but also it has sound isolating feature.

The rock wool insulation material, also known as mineral wool, it is made of slag that is actually a dirt and limestone by product of steel manufacturing. It is combined with chemicals and spun into a fibre. Same as the fibreglass, it doesn’t burn or get rotten. It has one big plus against the fibre-glass. And it is that, it doesn’t absorb any moisture,

A plastic foam is being sprayed on a place and it conforms with ease to any shape and have the ability to stay in the place where it was sprayed. Meaning of which it can block specific area of draft or moisture permanently. It is one of the most used construction materials and it is being placed all around the home into the walls, ceilings and other foundation areas. It has also resistance to rod and mildew.

What else I use for insulation, are carpets and rugs, but only during the winters. It give soft feeling to a bare foot, and keeps the rooms warmer. During every spring I hire professional cleaning services for deep cleaning the carpets and put them back into the garage.

November 28, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Home & Family


Jericho C. Barker is a practicing freelance photographer and writer, photo journalist by proffesioin and public relations specialist. He has published articles in SocialHouse Journal, Philo'phill Journal and the many more. Jericho is a proud member of Social Photographers club in London. Also a member of many photographer guilds. His articles are always very discussed due to the provocative questions he raises and the photo material he brings with him from his travels.

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