When making a decision on insulation for your Millbury rental homes, there are several different types you can choose from, all of which having pros and cons. Unless you have the information you need to make an informed decision, this is going to make choosing the proper insulation tough. We are now going to look at four of the most common types of home insulation as well as some of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is designed for use in unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings. It is constructed out of glass fibers that have been matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them great for installation between studs, joists, and beams. Fiberglass insulation is also relatively cheap and somewhat easy to install, making it a popular choice. However, it can cause irritation of the airways and skin, thus gloves and other safety measures should be taken before usage. Another drawback to fiberglass insulation is that it is tough to add to existing construction without destroying the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is particularly handy when adding insulation to current walls, attic floors, or other hard-to-reach sections. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are usually made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation is conceivably its biggest drawback as specialized equipment is needed.
Foam board is usually used to insulate concrete blocks and slabs. Made from sturdy materials such as polyurethane, foam board can be installed right into the walls of new construction. When adding to existing construction, foam board can be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. It has a high insulating value even though it is comparatively thin. However, like blown-in insulation, foam board necessitates specialized skills and equipment for installation. Also, it is not fire or weather resistant, and so extra layers have to be added to achieve a weatherproof finish.
Sprayed foam is one of the most versatile insulation types in the market. Made from a durable polyurethane, sprayed foam is made for use in enclosed spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other structures. You can purchase sprayed foam in little containers for small jobs, but greater quantities have to be applied with special spraying equipment. Additionally, it tends not to be as affordable as some of the other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you pick for your rental homes will be subject to a combination of factors, including the cost, the current condition of the home, and which sections need to be insulated. All types will boost the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you end up choosing, you’ll add value and comfort to your rental homes in Millbury. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 508-329-6000 today!
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