When it comes to picking your Eureka rental home’s insulation, there are various types available, each of which has both pros and cons. This can make choosing the right insulation difficult unless you have the information you need to make an informed choice. 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 the batts or rolls makes them the best option for installing between studs, joists, and beams. Fiberglass insulation is also relatively cheap and somewhat easy to install, making it a popular choice. On the other hand, it can irritate the skin and airways, so gloves and other safety measures have to be taken before use. Another drawback to fiberglass insulation is that it is tough to add to existing construction without destroying the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is especially useful when adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other hard-to-reach areas. Loose fill and blown-in insulation consist of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The biggest downside is the process of blowing in the insulation since specialized equipment must be used.
Foam board is usually utilized to insulate concrete block and slabs. Created out of durable materials like polyurethane, foam board can be built directly into the walls of new construction. Foam board can be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings when adding to existing construction. It has a high insulating value even though it is comparatively thin. Like blown-in insulation, however, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment for installation. To achieve a weatherproof finish, additional layers are needed since foam boards are not fire or weather resistant.
Sprayed foam is one of the most versatile insulation types available. Made from a durable polyurethane, sprayed foam is made for use in enclosed spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other parts. You can purchase sprayed foam in small containers for minor jobs, but larger quantities should be applied using special spraying equipment. Additionally, it tends to be more expensive than some other types of insulation.
In the end, the type of insulation you choose for your rental properties will depend on a mix of factors, including the cost, the present condition of the home, and which parts have to be insulated. All types will increase the home’s energy efficiency, and so no matter which one you decide on, you’ll add value and comfort to your Eureka rental homes. To learn more, please contact us online or give us a call at 707-444-3835 today!