Is it time for Spray Foam Installers in Cedar Hill? 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 Spray Foam Installers in Cedar Hill are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
Spray Foam Insulation - Open and Closed Cell
I have just completed an addition to my house. I've heard that blown in insulation is better than batts since covers the joists completely and leaves no open areas. Do you have any do it yourself suggestions?
Yes you are correct. Blown in insulation is better that batts when installed properly as it does seal the attic better.
First you need to measure your attic area that you plan on insulating. Most attics require a value of R-30, R-38 or R-49, depending on your climate and location. Once you know the square footage of your attic you can determine how much insulation you'll need by simple looking on the chart located on the bag of insulation.
Before you get started you will need to determine what materials you will need. Assuming your home has recessed lights, ceiling and bathroom fans and eave vents you will need the following tools and materials:
Loose Fill Insulation
Staple Hammer and Staples
Insulation Blowing Machine (Available at your local rental store)
I've found blowing insulation into the attic is a simple process. Start and the far ends of the attic. Going back and forth make sure its level and smooth. Make sure to get all areas of the attic and don't fill any vents or recessed light areas. Take a tape measure with you and check the levels once in a while. As an example, if your installing an R-38 of fiberglass insulation you would want it to measure 16 inches deep. As you work your way back near the attic access make sure your helper is getting that excess hose out of the way. When you get to about 6 feet from the access hole stop the machine so you can get on the ladder. Once on the ladder finish installing, making sure to bring the level evenly against the dam you previously built.
The final step is to place a piece of batt insulation in the access hole and carefully put the attic hole lid back into place. Now your done! Stay out of that attic as much as possible from this point as loose fill insulation that has been stepped on or crushed looses it's R value.
How Much Attic Insulation is Enough?
Radiant barriers are basically insulation devices used to maintain temperature of the surroundings. They are mainly composed of reflective aluminum sheets placed on substrate material. The substrates are made up of brown paper, craft paper, plastic films, cardboard, plywood sheathing or air infiltration barrier material.
There are two major types of radiant barriers i.e. Spray on and Sheet Barriers. Installation of spray on barriers is very simple. It is just sprayed on the underside of roof. It is made up of paint and metal flecking mixture. This mixture has enough reflective property to reflect the heat. Spray on barrier is durable. The sheet radiant barrier comes in the form of large roles. It can be installed by rolling out on the whole attic. You can roll it up on entire top insulation, hang it from rafter supports, nail it to bottom of the roof or roll it out underneath shingles.
During winters, solar energy is lost from the attic. Radiant barriers reduce this heat loss. They minimize the amount of energy radiated from the top surface of the insulation. However, solar heating of the roof may also result in loss of some beneficial heat gains. More research is currently underway to determine the affectivity of radiant barriers in winter season.