Insulation Contractors Phoenix, Scottsdale Insulation Company Services in Mesa AZ, Tempe and East Valley Arizona
Insulation keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Insulation is assigned an R-value, which is used in the construction industry to measure thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the more effective insulation a home has. When installed correctly, insulation can greatly reduce utility bills by 10-20%.
There are several reasons why insulation may be less effective or lose it’s R-value. Misaligned batts, poor coverage, wind blowback and compressed insulation contribute greatly to higher utility bills.
At Attic Experts, we specialize in blown-in insulation. We offer two types of insulation, cellulose and fiberglass.
Cellulose fiber is made of recycled newspaper and is resistant to fire and moisture. It can be applied to walls, floors and attics..
Fiberglass loose-fill insulation from insulation contractors in Mesa is made from molten glass that is spun or blown into fibers.
Properly blown-in insulation can greatly reduce your utility cost. Let one of our BPI certified installers help you to keep some money in your pocket by properly insulating today.
Types of Attic Insulation Insulation provides protective barriers that keep the outside elements from entering homes and businesses. Each dwelling should be well insulated for optimal energy efficiency. All types of insulating products exist in today’s market place.
Choosing the Best Insulation
Many factors play a role in which insulating materials should be used. Information to consider when determining those choices should be price, availability and how much to buy to complete the desired job.
Most of the home-improvement stores carry all types of insulation for building needs. Home Depot and Lowes would be good choices to check out in person or online.
Accessibility and space available are two other areas to consider in making decisions on types of insulation to use. The R-value rating of the insulation is very important when making a final choice on what type of insulation to purchase. R-value is the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow.
Take the time to read labels on insulation packaging for more information on its R-value rating and where the insulation should be installed. Keep in mind that homeowners can install many insulation products while others require the skill of professionals.
Batt and blanket Insulation
This is probably the cheapest insulation on the market but a pain to work with. It has an R-13 value rating. Both professionals and homeowners can install it. It can be used in ceilings, walls and under floors and is available almost everywhere.
The downside of this product is that the fiberglass particles can become lodged in the skin causing severe itching. Never work with this insulation without wearing eyeglasses and a facemask. It is a good idea to wear long sleeve clothing to keep it off exposed areas of the body as much as possible.
Scottsdale Rockwool Batt and Blanket Insulation
This insulation product is much easier to work with than fiberglass. The problem with it is that it isn’t widely used as fiberglass. Another thing to keep an eye on with this product is moisture. It will retain moisture if it becomes wet so it is a good idea to keep it stored in an area where it will stay dry.
It is much more expensive than fiberglass since it is a better insulating material and fire-resistant. It has an R-15 value and is virtually staple free because it molds itself into position between wall studs.
Loose-Fill Blown-In Fiberglass and Cellulose Insulation
This type of insulation product is best used in ceiling applications. Both the homeowner and professionals can install it, and the cost is comparatively low to fiberglass blanket insulation.
It is a lightweight recycled material that makes it an easy application over drywall ceilings in the attic. It can lose much of its effectiveness during extremely cold temperatures unless a layer of blanket insulation or thicker density loose filled is applied.
Loose-fill Cellulose performs better as the temperatures plummet. It is made up of around 80 percent paper wastes but is generally too heavy to apply in attics unless the drywall in the ceiling is at least 5/8 inch thick.
Best areas to apply this insulating product are in ceilings with required thickness. It makes a excellent wall barrier inside old houses with little or no insulation. When installing this product in ceilings, be careful where the product is applied. Keep it away from contacting any heat producing appliances such as heater ductwork or electrical lighting.
Open and Closed-Cell Polyurethane Foam
This insulating product is applied as liquid that quickly expands into foam filling all available space in the area. The best areas to use this foam insulating mixture are inside walls, floors and ceilings.
Open-Cell and Closed-Cell foam has to be professionally installed by qualified professionals. Both insulating products have an R-13 Value rating, but the costs rise dramatically with Closed-Cell polyurethane selling for over $3.00 per square foot.
Structured Insulated Panels
These panels are mostly used in new building construction. They will insulate much better because of the tight fit in the seams. It is used is basements and crawl spaces but can be used in other areas.
The panels have tongue and groove edges to make a tight seal against air leaks. These panels are precut in 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheets but can be purchased in larger sizes as well.
Technology continues to expand in how to make these panels more energy efficient. Some types of the panels now can offer up to R-25 Values. This is about the best insulating material on the market for dollars spent.
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A smart choice if building a new dream home with great energy efficiency would be to use this type of insulation. Structured Insulation Panels consist of a foam core sandwiched between the interior and exterior oriented strand board (OSB).
Building with SIPs is much a faster and easier method than traditional stick built home technologies. It creates an effective airtight seal in one easy step. With new technologies, SIPs are more flame retardant and contain no formaldehyde. Google+
The cost for these panels is higher than traditional building methods. People fail to realize that the savings over time in lower energy bills and safety provided from an SIP home will outweigh those initial costs. Other savings play a role here with the time saved building the home, and fewer materials used to complete the project.
SIPs built homes are claimed to be much stronger than traditional stick built homes. The panel construction is said to be as strong as a steel I-beam. Claims have been made that a home built with SIPs technology withstood the wind speeds of Hurricane Andrew in Florida.
The future of home insulation continues to improve. Old insulation methods of the 20th century will continue to be phased out as new technologies continue to expand into making homes and businesses more energy efficient to fight global warming.