New insulation products are continuously being produced and released into the market. Fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam are the most common materials and we offer them all at Anderson Insulation. But we understand that you want to know why these insulation materials are the best, and which is right for you. Is one really better than the other? What should be the main factor you consider when choosing to insulate?
When choosing insulation, an important measurement to look at is the R-value of the product. R-value is a measurement of how resistant an insulating material is to temperature fluctuations. If the outside is freezing, a higher R-Value is preferred to keep the indoors warm. Depending on your location and the climate, the R-value can be higher or lower and still work great.
Spray foam, cellulose, and fiberglass mostly all have similar R-values. They are time-tested and trusted materials that will provide great insulation to your home through all seasons. So why does it matter which you choose? Spray foam insulation in some forms has down the R-value as standard insulation and can be easily installed. Cellulose insulation is a sustainable option made from completely recycled materials and is a great option for those not wanting renovations. Fiberglass is definitely one of the most popular options and is always reliable but typically is best for new construction or additions.
It is very important that the insulation fills every void, gap, or crack in your home. Gaps at the top or bottom of the walls will heavily compromise the insulation’s performance and the comfort of your home. Even the highest of R-value materials will not provide much benefit if the installation was executed poorly. At Anderson Insulation, we promise to provide you with trusted service every step of the way.
Most homeowners think they need to have the highest R-values in their walls yet never think about the consequence of not insulating your attic. Heat rises, therefore it is best to increase the R-values in attic insulation then insulate the walls. Something to take into consideration when choosing your insulation is that being more expensive does not always mean it is stronger. It is better to insulate using the latest Department of Energy recommendations so that you don’t exceed the necessary insulation.
When considering insulating, you should not have to concern yourself with the process of installation or choosing the product itself. At Anderson Insulation, we can guide you through every step of the process – including choosing the right product for your home and needs. Contact us today for a free quote!