Keeping your home well-insulated is crucial in maintaining your thermal envelope and energy efficiency. However, one call to your local home improvement and roofing company and you’ll be inundated with dozens of different types of insulating material, making the decision to choose one quite challenging.
Let our expert roofing contractors at Moss Roofing show you the pros and cons of the most common types of insulation to help you find a product that’s 100% right for your home.
Rigid Foam Boards
These materials, made from a more durable version of polystyrene, offer one of the highest R-values— that is, insulating factor— among all types of insulation. They’re cheap, easy to use and incredibly versatile, being used as an insulating layer in many different parts of a home as well as almost any type of building, including commercial roof installation projects. Unfortunately, they are difficult to install on pre-existing walls, often requiring contractors to tear down the old wall and re-applying the drywall.
Batten and roll-type insulation are manufactured from fiberglass, plastic fibers, mineral wool, or even natural fibers like cotton. These are perhaps one of the most common staples in installation and their availability is advantageous to many homeowners. However, their R-value is dependent on how thick they are applied, often needing 10 to 12 inches of additional layers just to achieve the same amount of insulation from a rigid foam board.
Sprayed Foam and Foamed-in-Place
Your siding or roofing contractor uses this type of insulation as a sealant around small crevices and joints between two or more wall panels. They can be just as good at insulating your home as regular batten roll sheets but what discourages many homeowners in their use is their typically higher cost.
Learn more about the different ways to improve your home’s efficiency through the use of insulating materials from our pros at Moss Roofing, your leading provider of roofing, siding and home improvement services. Give us a call at (317) 207-4778 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free quote today. We serve homeowners in Fishers, Greenwood, and Indianapolis, IN.