Home insulation is a vital component of the roof. It, along with ventilation, plays a key role in the energy efficiency of your home. While most homeowners know how important it is, few know that there are many types of insulation available.
One if these is blown-in insulation, which is an effective remedy for a poorly insulated attic. WMGB discusses this further.
As its name suggests, blown-in insulation is a type of insulation that’s blown-in or sprayed into the cavities of the attic walls. This is in contrast to regular insulation, which usually comes in chunks, cut into appropriate sizes and fitted into the walls manually.
The material used as insulation varies, but is typically anything that has a good insulating R-value. Commonly used materials include styrofoam pellets and loose fiberglass fibers. The insulation can also be made from recycled materials, such as cardboard, newspapers and other wood-based materials.
An Energy-Efficient Option
What sets this insulation method apart from its rolled counterparts is that it’s more airtight. This is due to the insulation materials being smaller and, thus, able to get into even the tiniest cracks and crevices in your attic to reduce air leaks.
Its ability to better seal the attic walls makes it more energy-efficient in the long run. The fact that blown-in insulation is more airtight means it’s less likely to develop mold, foul odors or rot as it gets older.
Since the insulating materials are more airtight, the blown-in method also prevents noise from traveling through the walls. It’s what many contractors, including ourselves, recommend if you want to reduce the noise from the rain, thunder or your noisy neighbors.
Finally, this method of insulation is also easier to do. While the standard insulation method often involves you kneeling on the floor for hours, blown-in insulation is applied mechanically with a hose.
At WMGB Home Improvement, we are ready to help you improve the insulation in your home through our blown-in insulation services. We also install glass block and egress windows. Call us today at (616) 243-3700 to learn more about our services. We offer home insulation in Lansing and Grand Rapids, MI.