But what is the right type of insulation for you? Consider these types of insulation to help you decide.
Fiberglass Batt Attic Insulation
Fiberglass batt insulation comes in small, pre-cut sections that resemble a blanket. They’re easy to place anywhere, and you can cut them down to size if needed. This is the most common type of insulation in homes.
While fiberglass batt attic insulation can cause skin irritation, you can install it yourself if you prefer to DIY. Just make sure you’re protecting your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin.
It’s also cheap and best suited for areas that don’t have obstructions. However, fiberglass batt insulation doesn’t have as much heat retention as other insulation types.
Fiberglass Roll Attic Insulation
Another popular and easy-to-use option is fiberglass roll insulation. It can be harder to maneuver than batt insulation once unrolled, but it’s easy to transport while rolled.
You can get fiberglass roll insulation in lengths as long as 40 feet, and it’s best suited for large areas. Although it leaves fewer gaps than batt insulation can, it’s also not the best for heat retention.
Loose-Fill Fiberglass Insulation
Loose-fill, or blown-in, fiberglass attic insulation requires special machinery to install, so it should only be done by professionals, like Allied Restoration in Gambrills, Maryland.
Although the professional installation can deter the DIY homeowner, loose-fill fiberglass can fill in wall cavities and eliminate gaps. It’s great for oddly shaped areas and is quick to install. However, it can be more costly since it requires professional installation with specific equipment.
Cellulose Attic Insulation
A more dense option than fiberglass, cellulose attic insulation is also more eco-friendly, as it’s composed of recycled paper products. When ammonium sulfate or borate is added to the insulation during manufacturing, it makes the cellulose fire-retardant and insect-resistant.
The density makes it a great product for heat and cold air retention, which is a pro in four-season Maryland. However, cellulose insulation can create a lot of dust during the installation process.
Spray Foam Insulation
One of three plastics makeup spray foam attic insulation: polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, or polyurethane. You can buy a spray foam insulation kit to DIY the installation or have a professional do it.
Although spray foam insulation is one of the most expensive options, it also has some of the best performance of other attic insulation materials. The spray foam can fit in the nooks and crannies other materials may not reach and will work in large and small spaces.
Choosing The Right Attic Insulation
With several options to choose from, which is best for you? Contact Allied Restoration in Gambrills, Maryland, and we’ll come out to provide a free estimate on which insulation method is the right choice for your home.