Residential insulation is done to block any outside form of distraction from getting inside the house.Some of the common distractions insulated against include fire, noise and cold.Fire insulation, acoustic insulation and thermal insulation are the main types of residential insulation mostly depending on the distraction.There are many types of materials used in residential insulation and it is advisable to go for the material that can block all the three distractions.Thermal insulation is very important especially in old houses where insulation was rarely done.Investing in thermal insulation will cost you money but it will also save you on the energy bills in the future.
There are different methods used for residential insulation and they include the following; blanket and batt insulation, fiberglass insulation, loose fill insulation, foam board insulation, sprayed foam and Rockwell insulation.Blanket insulation is very common because it easy to install in the walls.It comes with batts and rolls of different sizes and widths.The blankets are usually made up of flexible fiber and the bats are made from mineral wool or natural fibers.Fiberglass batt insulation on the other hand is more popular than the blanket batt insulation.The fiberglass batt insulation comes in standard width and thicknesses that are easily fit in the walls.The fiberglass insulation causes itchiness on the skin thus the person installing it must wear protective gear.
The third material used in residential insulation is the Rockwell insulation.This is easier to install than the fiberglass batt insulation and it does not require any protective gear. Harboring of mold and retaining of moisture is the main limitation in using the Rockwell insulation method.The other type of residential insulation is the loose fill fiberglass insulation.Because it is puffy and thick, the loose fill fiberglass insulation is mostly done in the attic.The loose fill cellulose installation is another method of residential insulation and it is good for any climate.This is also good when insulating already finished buildings or areas that are out of reach.These loose fill cellulose require to be blown inside the wall during installation by a special equipment.Between the two loose fills, the cellulose insulation is more Eco-friendly.
Spray foam insulation is also another method used in residential insulation.Only a trained certified personnel is supposed to undertake the spray foam insulation method.The process involves spraying different liquids that will only mix when being sprayed on the wall. A foam substance is formed when the liquid mixture hits the wall, and then later it will become hardened plastic after curing.Spray foam is durable and thus more expensive than the other methods.Spray foam can also be used in the acoustic insulation or the interior soundproofing.In interior soundproofing there are many options to consider that include installing acoustic ceiling panels, upgrading the windows to thicker ones, installing sound absorbing curtains, use of draft guards and door seals and also padded carpets.