Insulation upgrades - interior/exterior, Batts, Blown-in, Sprayfoam, Rigid, extruded and foil-backed Insulations
Did you know your insulation is the most important factor in your home's ability to save you money. To properly insulate your home, you’ll need to know where to insulate and the recommended R-values for each of those areas. You will need to determine where you need to insulate and the recommended R-values based on your climate, type of heating and cooling system, etc.
Blown-in insulation refers to blowing or spraying insulation product into wall cavities, attics, and floors. One of the most common types is loose-fill fiberglass, which is made from glass that is blown or spun into fibers. It is installed using a blowing machine. Loose-fill fiberglass is suitable for attics and wall cavities and can combat common insulation enemies like mildew, fungus, and moisture.
Spray-in or spray-on polyurethane foam expands to fill cracks and voids to form a tightly sealed barrier. Foam’s biggest advantage is it virtually eliminates air infiltration. Spray foam is used in attics, ceilings, walls, and floors. When applied, it expands to 100 times its volume to seal cracks and crevices. It also maintains some flexibility as the home ages. Depending on the product used, foam can provide the highest R-value per inch of the three forms of insulation expanding foam in closed-cell application that has an R-value of 6.5 per inch.
Rigid foam can be used in walls, roofs, and foundations, for retrofits or new construction. Most varieties of foam have a higher R-value per inch than fiberglass, cotton, or cellulose. Rigid-foam insulation packs a lot of R-value into a thin package, but not all rigid foam performs the same, so it is best to leave the complex decision making to experienced green insulation specialist like Calgary Retrofitters.
Once you know where you need to insulate and the recommended R-values, review our information on the types of insulation to help you decide what type to use and where. Before you insulate a new home, you also need to properly air seal it and consider moisture control. Deciding on where to add more insulation and where to protect from moisture build up is best left to the experts at Calgary Retrofitters. With trained professionals to handle the calculations of the size of your home and it´s energy needs, to the installation of additional insulation in problem areas.