For centuries, home builders have understood the importance of proper insulation. The methods, techniques, and materials may have changed through the years, but it stands true that we have all desired a more comfortable home.
History indicates the ancient Egyptians and Vikings used mud as insulation. Thankfully that is a material that has been greatly improved on! In the 1800s, discarded paper, shredded textiles, and hay were commonly used. In our more modern times, 1965 to be exact, the code changed and declared that walls had to be insulated according to certain standards.
Today, there are four main types of insulation. Here is a brief description of each type, and its uses.
This type of insulation is commonly made from recycled materials such as cellulose (recycled paper), fiberglass (recycled glass), or rock wool (post-industrial recycled content). This type of insulation doesn’t seem to have waivered much since the 1800’s but the process of installation has greatly improved. It is blown into open spaces and hard-to-reach areas such as cavities, existing walls, and attic walls.
Batt and Roll Insulation
This is also commonly called blanket insulation, made from pre-cut sections of fiberglass, rock wool, or flexible fibers. This is rolled out, laid flat, and installed between studs, joists, and beams. Many times this insulation is covered in kraft paper, vinyl, or foil facing that seems to assist with the air barrier.
Reflective Insulation/ Radiant Barriers
This type is commonly installed in attics because it radiates any heat transferred from the roof to indoor surfaces like floors and ceilings. This insulation is made of foil-faced kraft paper, plastic film, polyethylene bubbles, or cardboard. It is specifically designed to reflect heat from the sun, transfer to the floor, or radiate it back, rather than absorb it.
Spray Foam and Foam-In-Place Insulation
Spray foam creates one of the most effective forms of home insulation because it is multi-layered, blocking both the outside air and the noise from transferring into your home. This type is effective as it can be blown into walls, attic surfaces, or under floors for maximum benefit.
There are many reasons why it is important to make sure your home has enough insulation. Here are a few reasons.
- Comfort – as indicated above, this is a key element in securing enough insulation in your home.
- Lower Energy Costs – who doesn’t love to save some money from monthly energy bills?
- Less Noise – the dogs, vehicles, and random noises from outside can stay where they are.
- Improve Environmental Impact and reduce carbon footprint
- Resale Value increases
From a cost perspective, every job we do at EZ Roof and Construction trusted home insulation in Houston is a little different. Every home is unique and therefore must be custom quoted depending on several factors. We don’t believe in charging exorbitant prices, or cookie-cutter work. Trust us to offer you a reasonably affordable price. (Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs.
EZ Roof and Construction strive to provide exceptional value and customer satisfaction with every job we do. Call today and let’s work together to secure your home with comfort.