Is it time for Crawl Space Insulation Installation in Grapevine? 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 Crawl Space Insulation Installation in Grapevine are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
Radiant Barrier InsulationNo one will dispute that exterior wall insulation is necessary for energy conservation and comfort within a home. It however, is part of a system, your house and while one type of exterior wall insulation may be perfect in new construction, it may require special considerations when applied to an older home. Exterior finish systems that are applied to the outside walls can be relatively easy to decide upon, change the look of, and to upgrade. They are designed to provide structural support, insulation and be decorative. On the other hand insulating the cavities between the studs of exterior walls can certainly require more thought. The area between the wall studs in older homes especially can be either un-insulated or very poorly insulated by today’s standards. One of the first answers that springs to mind is blown in foam insulation that expands to fill the wall area and can provide excellent exterior wall insulation. However if this is considered the building’s construction must also be considered. Many homes will have braces half way down the studs so that insulation blown in may reach only half of the area. If this is not considered the exterior wall may end up being only half insulated which will not do the job. Finishing a basement includes ideally insulating the exterior walls with a moisture resistant material so that the basement can be a center of activity and not within all too short a time, a damp cave that smells of mold. Cold climate areas are not the only places where thermal insulation is useful. Homes in hot climates benefit as well since the thermal properties that keep heat from escaping a home in the cold weather also prevent heat from entering it in hot climates. The better the insulation in a home the more energy efficient the home is likely to be. Less heat will be required to warm it and less to cool it as the inside is protected against the weather. However, the best insulation systems will usually be the most expensive. Most homeowners will end up balancing what they can afford against the best types of exterior wall insulation is available. Few will be able to afford the top of the line highest R rating insulation. However, not as many will need it. Sometimes even a moderate R rating will be enough to realize many dollars in energy costs over the life of the home. Areas where the weather is extreme for months on end may find that even the most expensive insulation is worthwhile due to the energy costs required to heat or cool their home in these environmental extremes. Homeowners in more temperate climates may be able to accept moderate exterior wall insulation and still realize a reasonable energy savings. The home as an entity should always be considered when choosing insulation. It does less good to have excellent exterior wall insulation in the cavity between the studs if the floors, basement and attic have little or no insulation in place.
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.