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What Are the Different Types of Attic Insulation?

Posted December 31, 2015

Un-insulated attic spaces can be drafty and allow heat to leave your home. The main incentive for homeowners to insulate is to save money on their energy bills, with the added bonus from local utility companies in the form of a rebate check. There are many types of insulation that can be used in your attic, and they are all rated by what’s known in the industry as an R-value. R-value is the measurement of heat resistance and the ability of heat to move through an object from one side to the other. The higher the R-value the greater the insulating power.

Blow In Insulation

If you don’t intend to use your attic as a living space or for storage, blow in insulation is the best way to go. Blow in insulation can be made from recycled materials like newspaper and cardboard, as well as from fiberglass. As its name implies, this type of insulation is blown into an attic using a specialized blower machine. Before this can happen, your insulation contractor in in Seattle and Tacoma, WA will have to properly prep your attic, which includes sealing off drafts and insulation removal. As insulations go, blow in insulation is the most affordable option and the easiest to install. You can also determine its R-value by how much material is blown into an area.

Batt Insulation

Batt insulation is the most popular and commonly found type of insulation on the market today. Unlike blow in insulation, its R-value is determined by its manufactured thickness. Crawl Space Cleaning Pros can use fiberglass batt insulation to put in between the joist cavities of your attic. They will also lay batt insulation in the opposite direction to help prevent heat loss.

Other Kinds of Attic Insulation

There are other types of insulation you could use. For example, foam insulation is gaining in popularity. If you have any questions, set up a complimentary consultation with Crawl Space Cleaning Pros. The estimator will be able to tell you more about the different kinds of insulation and will be able to help you pick out the right insulation for your project and budget.