The main purpose of residential insulation is to maintain a good environment within the house.These outside distractions may include cold, fire and noise.Fire insulation, acoustic insulation and thermal insulation are the main types of residential insulation mostly depending on the distraction.There are many types of materials used in residential insulation and it is advisable to go for the material that can block all the three distractions.Thermal insulation is a must in most homes and especially in the older where installation was not done well in the past.Investing in thermal insulation will cost you money but it will also save you on the energy bills in the future.
There are different methods used for residential insulation and they include the following; blanket and batt insulation, fiberglass insulation, loose fill insulation, foam board insulation, sprayed foam and Rockwell insulation.Blankets insulation is not only easy to install but it also the most common type of residential insulation.Blankets insulation usually consists of different sizes of batts and rolls.The blankets are usually made up of flexible fiber and the bats are made from mineral wool or natural fibers.Blanket batt insulation is becoming less preferable than the fiberglass batt insulation.It will usually come in different standard widths and thicknesses that will easily fit in the ceilings as well as the walls.This type of insulation requires the person doing the work to wear protective gear to prevent them from itching later.
Rockwell insulation is another method used in residential insulation.This is easier to install than the fiberglass batt insulation and it does not require any protective gear. Harboring of mold and retaining of moisture is the main limitation in using the Rockwell insulation method.Loose fill fiberglass insulation is another method of residential insulation.Because it is puffy and thick, the loose fill fiberglass insulation is mostly done in the attic.The other type of residential insulation which is good for any climate is the loose fill cellulose insulation.The advantage of using the loose fill method is it can be installed in finished buildings or irregularly shaped areas that are out of reach.These loose fill cellulose require to be blown inside the wall during installation by a special equipment.Between the two loose fills, the cellulose insulation is more Eco-friendly.
Another type of residential insulation is the spray foam insulation.The spray foam insulation method should be done by a professional certified personnel.The process involves spraying different liquids that will only mix when being sprayed on the wall. When the liquids mix they turn into a foam substance which eventually cures to form a hardened plastic.This method of residential insulation is more expensive and more durable.In acoustic insulation or interior soundproofing, one can also use spray foam.The following methods can reduce the noises coming into the house; use of draft guards and door seals, upgrading the windows to thicker ones, installing sound absorbing curtains and installing acoustic ceiling panels.