In deciding on an insulation for your Grand Rapids 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. In the following, we are going to look at four of the most common home insulation types along with a few pros and cons of each.
Fiberglass insulation is intended for use in unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings and is constructed out of glass fibers that have been matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The batts or rolls’ size makes them perfect for installing between studs, joists, and beams. As it is quite easy to install and relatively inexpensive, fiberglass insulation is a commonly selected 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 difficult to add to existing construction without deconstructing 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 can be made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. Since specialized equipment must be used, the process of blowing in the insulation may be its largest drawback.
Foam board is usually utilized to insulate concrete block and slabs. Made from sturdy materials such as polyurethane, foam board can be installed right into the walls of new construction. If adding to existing construction, foam board may be used to insulate foundation floors, walls, and ceilings. It is somewhat thin but has good insulating value. Though like blown-in insulation, specialized skills and equipment are needed to install the foam board. 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 adaptable types of insulation available. Made from a durable polyurethane, the sprayed foam was designed to be used in confined spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other features. You can purchase sprayed foam in small containers for minor jobs, but larger amounts have to be applied using special spraying equipment. Additionally, it tends to be pricier than some of the other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you choose for your rental properties will depend on a mix of factors, including the cost, the present condition of the home, and which parts have to be insulated. All types are going to increase the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you pick, you’ll add value and comfort to your rental properties in Grand Rapids. To learn more, please contact us online or call us at 616-419-8880 today!
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