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

Blankets, batts, or rolls: these 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.