Home insulation can help your home save on heater or cooler expenses because it contributes to keeping out the summer heat, and the winter cold. It can also serve as soundproofing because it removes the hollow space between the walls and can muffle the noise between the rooms on either side of the wall. There are many types of wall insulation that you can use for your home, and the one that you can use may vary depending on the kind of house you have. The usual materials used for insulation are: fiberglass, cellulose, rock wool, and loose fill insulation.
- Fiberglass insulation. This is one of the most familiar types of insulation and can be seen in most homes. It is pink and fluffy and is made of a material that will not allow it to rot. However, since it is soft, rats and other rodents can easily make it their homes, so make sure to have your home free from pests before you go about installing insulation. It is also not water proof so you might have problems with extra moisture in the house. With this in mind, you can actually add a radiant barrier made of aluminum or any other material that reflects the heat or the cold. Another factor to remember with fiberglass is that it can irritate the skin, so make sure to have the proper protection when installing. If someone else is installing insulation for you, make sure that they use coveralls, gloves and maybe a face mask plus protective eyewear just in case.
- Cellulose. Is made from recycled paper materials and wood. This type of insulation was made popular during the 1970s when recycling first began. Installation of this type of wall insulation requires that it should be injected between the walls. It can either be blown in or mixed into a solution to be sprayed into the walls. Although it is injected into the walls, it is highly recommended to still use protective outfits just in case there are any irritant reactions.
- Rock wool or mineral wool. It is usually made out of the byproduct from steel manufacturers. They mix it with chemicals and turn it into usable insulation materials. It also doesn’t burn, rot, or absorb moisture so you don’t need to add a radiant barrier, but it also irritates the skin when being installed, so caution must be observed.
- Cavity insulation. As the name implies, this type of insulation requires the filling of the empty space within a wall. The methods of installation for these types of insulation is either pouring it into the cavity of the wall, or blowing it in. If your home has cavity walls, then you may want to further research on these types of insulation materials: batts and blankets insulation, loose-fill insulation and plastic foam insulation.
There are more types of materials used for home insulation, which can even involve pipe insulation to save on water heating. You have to check on which type of materials best suit your home, because it will cost you more replacing them or repairing the damage than installing them.