Proper insulation is essential to create a comfortable and well-performing home. With our unique weather patterns and freezing winters, Minnesota insulation presents its own particular set of challenges. The right amount of insulation can mean cooler summers, warmer winters, and lower energy bills. Each state has local regulations governing the amount of insulation necessary, and while your first priority should be making sure that your home is up to code, we often find that may not be enough. You will want to assess the amount and the r factor, or density, of your existing insulation in order to identify if a change or additional insulation is needed.
Understanding the types of insulation:
Batt or Roll insulation: Made of rock wool, fiberglass, natural or synthetic fibers, batt or roll insulation is typically placed in floors, ceilings, and/or open walls. This is the easiest type of insulation to install yourself.
Foam Board or Rigid Board: Made of polyurethane or a similar structure, foam board is used for unfinished foundation walls, attics, floors, and ceilings. It is denser that batt or roll insulation.
Loose Fill or Blow In: Made of rock wool, fiberglass, or cellulose, loose fill or blow in insulation is usually for attic floors or walls that have already been enclosed. This type of insulation requires a machine and is typically left up to a professional. It is a good fit for irregularly shaped areas since it will mold to fit the space it is put into.
Spray Foam: Spray foam is also a good fit for irregularly shaped areas and its added density also makes it a great option for small, tight areas. For that reason, it is also a great option for people that want raised ceilings since you can get more insulation into a thinner area. Spray foam also requires a machine, and is usually best left to an experienced insulation installer since it can be difficult to properly install.
The optimal type and amount of insulation for your needs is something a Minnesota insulation contractor can help advise you on. When you are hiring a Minnesota insulation specialist, you want to make sure that you aren’t just paying for the work to be completed. That company should be giving you advice on how to improve your home’s comfort and performance included as part of the installation package. Understanding the various types of insulation on the market is an important first step, and we hope this list has helped guide your project in the right direction.
This information has been brought to you by Snap Construction, a Minnesota insulation contractor.