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An Ultimate Insulation Guide: What Insulation Should I Choose?

Only a percentage of people know that the walls of your home only do part of the work when it comes to keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The larger part of the equation is one that homeowners rarely see, touch, or even give much time or thought to: the insulation! Insulation is mostly likely found in between the walls of your home, up in the attic, between your ceilings and floors, garages, etc.

So, what's the big deal about choosing the right insulation? Choosing an insulation based on your environment, home type, and budget are all essential to meeting your heating and cooling needs. The type of insulation you choose for your home can affect AC/heating costs, energy efficiency, and more.

When selecting your insulation, you should keep a few key things in mind. Including what part of your home needs to be insulated, your budget, and your home's R-Value. In fact, you can read more about attic insulation and calculating your home's R-Value in our Attic Insulation Q&A!

Types of Insulation

1. Roll - Out Insulation 
This insulation is what we recommend for all our Trotter Roofing customers. Especially if you have a roof warranty and are looking to insulate your attic; as this type does not void any warranties. This insulation can be made up of fiberglass, wool, or natural and synthetic fibers. This insulation is affordable, durable, and easily accessible! Just be sure to have a professional help install the precut layers to avoid any unnecessary compression points during the installation process.

2. Rigid Foam Boards
Foam boards can be applied to the interior or exterior of your home. They come in three different types that all have different R-Values. The foam board insulation is one of the sturdiest, most water-resistant insulations available. These are best installed when a home is being newly built; otherwise, you may have to tear down walls to effectively install the insulation. 

3. Loose Fill Insultation
This type of insulation is environmentally friendly, as it typically is made up of recycled materials. This insulation is most effective in small areas, like tight attics or other crawl spaces. You can also reuse it by collecting it in a bag and then re-spreading to other areas. However, this type of insulation needs to be in an environment that is well sealed off and properly ventilated because it is susceptible to mold. 

4. Reflective Insulation
This type of insulation is easy to install and doesn't deteriorate like other types of insulation can. You can also use the foil like material to wrap pipes, and other oddly shaped structures for maximum efficiency. However, this type of insulation is not quite as effective as other types and is usually used in tandem with foam insulation. 

5. Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam is the best for reaching cracks, crevices, and other hard to insulate areas. It's twice as effective as roll out insulation and helps reduce sound pollution. But this insulation type typically runs on the more expensive end of the spectrum.

Get Insulation Help from a Professional 

Whether you're in the process of building a home, are a brand-new homeowner, or have lived in your home for years, the type of insulation you choose is an extremely important decision that many people often overlook. Choosing the right one for your needs can save you money, time, and stress!

Trotter Roofing and Gutters has served our Mero-Atlanta, Georgia clients for many years, and we strongly recommend that every homeowner have their insulation checked around once a year to ensure optimal efficiency! Call the professionals to help you install your insulation or get a free quote from Trotter Roofing & Gutters!

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