In choosing an insulation for your Lynnwood rental homes, there are various types available, all with their own pros and cons. This can make it hard to pick the right insulation unless you have the information you need to make an informed decision. In what follows, we’ll look at four of the most common home insulation types together with some of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is made to be used in unfinished walls, ceilings, and floors and is made of glass fibers matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them perfect for installing between studs, joists, and beams. Fiberglass insulation is also fairly cheap and somewhat easy to install, which makes it a popular choice. However, it can irritate the skin and airways, so gloves and other safety precautions must be taken before handling. Another issue with fiberglass insulation is that it is difficult to add to existing construction without destroying the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is especially useful when adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other tough-to-reach spots. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are usually made up of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation may be its biggest drawback as specialized equipment is required.
Foam board is typically utilized to insulate concrete blocks and slabs and is made from durable materials such as polyurethane. Foam board can be installed right into the walls of new construction. When adding to existing construction, foam board may be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. Even though it is somewhat thin, it does have high insulating value. However, like blown-in insulation, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment for installation. Also, more layers should be added to achieve a weatherproof finish as it is not fire or weather resistant.
Sprayed foam is one of the most flexible types of insulation available. Made from a durable polyurethane, the sprayed foam was meant for use in confined spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other features. Sprayed foam can be bought in small containers for minor jobs, but larger amounts have to be applied with special spraying equipment. Also, it has a tendency to be pricier than some of the other types of insulation.
In the end, the type of insulation you pick for your rental homes will depend on a combination of factors, including the cost, the current condition of the home, and which areas need insulation. All types will increase the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you decide on getting, you’ll add value and comfort to your rental homes in Lynnwood. To find out more, please contact us online or call us at 425-209-0252 today!