You are probably wondering which type of insulation is preferable for your house. This article will help you determine which type of insulation is the best option for your house.
- Blanket-type insulation - Blanket type insulation is the most common type of insulation because the material to be used can be easily bought. In blanket-type insulation, you would have to use insulation rolls to cover your walls. Of course, if the walls are closed up, you would have to open them up first, but if you are still in the process of constructing your own house, then there would be no problem. The rolls are very convenient and are easy for carrying and transportation. When installing the insulation, you would have to be very careful in cutting the rolls. Make sure that you have cut their sizes well enough to fit in places that are very hard to fill like pipelines and wirings. Blanket-type insulation can be quite itchy during installation. Make sure to wear protective skin covering to avoid skin irritation. Also, if not fitted properly, the insulation might lose most of its effectiveness.
- Blown-in insulation - Blown-in insulation makes use of filling materials and an insulation blowing machine. Installation can be done by professionals or you can just do it on your own. With blown-in insulation you don’t have to open up your walls for installation. All you need to do is open up a hole in the wall about 12” from the ceiling and another hole that is 3 feet from the floor. Then the insulation blowing machine would start pumping in filling materials inside the wall. This is a much easier and more effective way of insulating your walls. The filling materials would automatically fit even in the tightest of areas providing better insulation. The insulation filling materials are usually cellulose or shredded yet effective newspaper or fiber materials such fiberglass.
These two types provide good insulation for your house but in blown-in insulation, there is a smaller chance of moisture and pest infestation which makes it a better option for avoiding risks to your health and insurance. If you are still in the process of constructing your house then blanket-type insulation is preferable because it can be done with the construction but if your house is already built and the walls are already closed then you should choose blown-in insulation to avoid spending too much money in opening up your walls.