Types of Insulation

A detailed look at insulation materials and their uses

Foam insulation can be applied by a professional using special equipment to meter, mix, and spray the foam into place. In general, open-celled foam allows water vapor to move through the material. Closed-cell foam has varying degrees of hardness, depending its density. The closed-cell foam is full of a special gas, selected to make the insulation value of the foam as high as possible.

Smart Roofing Systems uses Spray foam insulation because:

  • Blows fast and smooth.
  • Clean, white, professional-looking appearance.
  • Processes better than a bag a minute it’s quick
  • Noncombustible, non-corrosive
  • Will not rot, mildew, or deteriorate

What is the difference between fiberglass and cellulose insulation?

Fiberglass is made mostly of inorganic materials and, therefore, is naturally non-combustible; it is installed dry and does not absorb or retain moisture; and it has nearly no settling (less than 1%) which means the R-value is stable over time.

Cellulose, on the other hand, is made up of newspaper which is organic and naturally flammable (approximately 20% of the finished cellulose product is comprised of fire retardant chemicals); it is often installed damp and needs to fully dry after installation; and it can settle after drying.

Smart Roofing Systems will help you consider all the factors to making the right choice. Be smart today and contact Smart Roofing Systems.

Other Insulation Types

Blankets, batts or rolls, are flexible products made from mineral fibers, including fiberglass or rock wool. They are available in widths suited to standard spacing of wall studs and attic or floor joists. Both batts and blankets typically have an R-value of approximately R-3 per inch of thickness.

The maximum thermal performance or R-value of blanket and batt insulation depends heavily on proper installation. Therefore, it’s best to have a certified insulation installer do it. If you’d like to have it done professionally, Contact the Smart Roofing Systems professionals, let us help take the worry out of what insulation is best for your home.

Rigid insulation is made from fibrous materials or plastic foams and is produced in board-like forms and molded pipe coverings. These provide full coverage with few heat loss paths and are often able to provide a greater R-value where space is limited. Such boards may be faced with a reflective foil that reduces heat flow when next to an air space. Rigid insulation is often used for foundations and as an insulated wall sheathing.