When it comes to deciding on an insulation for your Smyrna rental homes, there are numerous different types available, each of which has pros and cons. Unless you have the information you need to make an informed decision, this is going to make choosing the proper insulation tough. In what follows, we are going to discuss four of the most common home insulation types and some of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is intended for use in unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings. It is made of glass fibers matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them great for installation between studs, joists, and beams. Fiberglass insulation is also relatively cheap and somewhat easy to install, making it a popular choice. However, it can cause irritation of the airways and skin, thus gloves and other safety measures should be taken before usage. Another problem with fiberglass insulation is that it is hard to add to existing construction without pulling apart the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is exceptionally useful in adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other difficult-to-reach spots. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are typically made up of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation is conceivably its biggest drawback as specialized equipment is needed.
Foam board is usually utilized to insulate concrete block and slabs. Made from sturdy materials such as polyurethane, foam board can be installed right into the walls of new construction. If adding to existing construction, foam board may be used to insulate foundation floors, walls, and ceilings. Though it is relatively thin, it does have a high insulating value. Like blown-in insulation, however, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment for installation. It is also not whether or fire resistant, so additional layers should be added to obtain a weatherproof finish.
Sprayed foam is one of the most adaptable types of insulation available. Made from a durable polyurethane, the sprayed foam was designed to be used in confined spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other structures. You can purchase sprayed foam in small containers for minor jobs, but larger amounts have to be applied using special spraying equipment. It also has a tendency to be more expensive than some of the other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you pick for your rental homes is going to depend on a combination of factors, including the cost, the current condition of the home, and which sections have to be insulated. All types will boost the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you end up choosing, you’ll add value and comfort to your rental homes in Smyrna. To learn more, please contact us online or give us a call at 770-622-5657 today!