Is it time for Ceiling Insulation Installation in Richardson? What is the best type to choose? Let us focus on four specific types. One is blown attic insulation the other is batt insulation. Each type has pros and cons. However, which is the best choice for you.
One of the best advantages of blown attic insulation over batt is that the blown style covers everything; while there can be open areas in the batt type.
When you’re looking to have your home or building insulated with spray foam insulation, you have a couple of product choices. Whether you go with closed foam or open foam insulation, the differences in their make will make a big difference in which one will work best for your needs.
Radiant barrier insulation has one reflective side that is made from an aluminum coating. Any radiant barrier insulation can be installed in an existing or new home. The reflective side of the barrier insulation is made to face the open air pocket of the surface.
Almost all Ceiling Insulation Installation in Richardson are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
R-Value Comparisons Between Different Types of InsulationsRadiant barrier insulation has one reflective side that is made from an aluminum coating. Any radiant barrier insulation can be installed in an existing or new home. The reflective side of the barrier insulation is made to face the open air pocket of the surface. You can place the sheets directly over the top of existing attic insulation on the trusses, they should be over lapped to prevent any gaps where air and heat may be able to escape. You shouldn’t have the barrier insulation coming in contact with the attic insulation or it will transfer the heat right back, resulting in the heat going back into your home. There should be a dead air space in between the radiant barrier insulation for it to do its job properly. Radiant barrier insulation can also be attached right on your walls. For new homes this process is much easier of course, but it can be installed in an existing home as well. For an existing home, you’ll have to take off the drywall or board, so that the barrier insulation can be attached with the reflective side facing the dead air space. A lot more work, but also a lot more reward in terms of the energy savings you’ll see. The radiant barrier allows for the heat to be transferred up through wall to the attic, where it is dispersed through the venting. If you have an attic that does not have the proper venting installed, then chances are the radiant barrier insulation will not be able to work the way it was meant to. This can be rectified by installing some attic vents, or one or two attic fans. By having the proper venting in you attic, it will allow your attic to breath and help keep the water vapor from building up. If the water vapor becomes trapped in you attic, then this will cause major damage over time. Radiant barrier insulation can have a dramatic effect on your homes energy efficiency. A radiant barrier with an ‘R’ value of just 19 has been proven to equal that of regular insulation with a 30 ‘R’ value rating. A popular product is the UltraTouch Natural Cotton Radiant Barrier which is a lightweight, foil faced fire retardant blanket type insulation with multiple uses.
What are the Different Types of Insulation?
Radiant Barrier Insulation is a reflective insulation made mostly out of aluminum. There are lots of different types radiant barrier out there and they all have their specific applications. I know mostly about radiant barrier that is used to retrofit existing homes, specifically adding the insulation to the attic.
There are some radiant barrier types that are used in new constructions which are placed in the walls or under concrete etc but again, I'm focusing mainly on the addition of the material to an existing home on top of the existing attic insulation. When radiant barrier is rolled out on top o the existing attic insulation people can expect so see an average of 17% reduction in their heating and cooling costs.
Some people even claim as much as a 50% reduction in their monthly bills but that's more of an extreme case. The difference comes in how you use your electricity and/or natural gas. If you have an enormous house with giant vaulted ceilings and live in Arizona and like to keep your house at 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer then adding radiant barrier might actually save you 50% or so.
But if you have a really small house and you live in a moderate climate and most of your electricity is used for your 5 giant plasma TV's and you only turn the air conditioner on once or twice a summer, then you probably won't see that large of a reduction in your utilities bills. Whether or not you see a reduction in your utilities bills you will most certainly be able to maintain a comfortable temperature in your house much more easily than with only the standard mass insulation (fiberglass, cellulose, styrofoam etc).
The most cost effective way to install the radiant barrier insulation into your attic is to simply lay it on top of the existing insulation. If you're going to do this just make sure that you use material that allows water vapor to pass through it so you don't have any moisture condensation problems. And just follow the directions provided to you by the manufacturer. If the manufacturer doesn't provide instructions then you should choose a different manufacturer. If you're going to hire someone to do it then make sure they are bonded and insured so that if they fall through your roof you won't be stuck with the bill.