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Types of Insulation

There are several types of insulation for the many different areas of a home – and different materials as well. Whether you need attic insulation, crawl space insulation or office building wall insulation, we have a material that will work for your project. An Astro Insulation representative will be able to tell you which type is best for your home or specific situation.

Types of Insulation: Form

Loose-Fill/Blown-In Insulation

Loose-fill or blown-in insulation is one of the most common types of insulation and works exactly how it sounds. It’s blown into a wall cavity or designated space using our special equipment. Loose-fill insulation is used for:

  • Areas are difficult to reach
  • Existing enclosed walls
  • New wall open cavities
  • Unfinished attic floors and walls

Ecobatts and Rolls Insulation

Ecobatts and rolls insulation is ideal for spaces that are free of any blockage. Similar to a blanket and is laid out flat and fitted between beams, studs, and joists. Blanket insulation can be used for floors, ceilings, and unfinished walls.

Rigid Foam Board Insulation

This type of insulation is typically used by builders and not for re-insulating a home. Usually made out of polyurethane, rigid board insulation is ideal for new construction projects, particularly unfinished walls and unvented roofs.

Reflective Insulation

Helps your home reflect heat from the sun rather than absorb it. It’s usually installed in attic ceilings under the roof. Reflective insulation, whether foil-faced kraft paper, plastic film, polyethylene bubbles, or cardboard, is fitted between studs, joists, and beams.

Types of Insulation: Materials

  • Cellulose
  • Fiberglass
  • Foam
  • Radiant barrier

Cellulose Insulation

One of the most environmentally friendly types of insulation, cellulose is made of up to 80% recycled material — mainly tiny bits of newspaper. Like fiberglass, cellulose insulation works well in all types of areas and is ideal for soundproofing.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is made out of tiny fibers of glass that trap hot air. It’s the stereotypical fluffy pink insulation you’ve commonly seen before. Fiberglass insulation can be either blown-in / loose-fill or a blanket system which is excellent for all different types of areas.

Foam Insulation

Rigid board insulation is usually installed in new homes and can help maximize energy efficiency. Typically available as a foam panel that can be cut with panels that vary in thickness and width.

Radiant Barrier Insulation

Radiant barrier insulation is installed in the attic and is a reflective insulation type. Homes with radiant barrier insulation are about 10 degrees cooler than homes with no attic insulation.

Types of Insulation: Locations

  • Attic
  • Ceiling
  • Crawl Space
  • Flooring
  • Wall

Attic Insulation

If you don’t install attic or loft insulation, your home will be much hotter and uncomfortable in the Summer. Insulation or re-insulating your attic is cost-effective, gives your home more consistent temperatures throughout, reduces noises on different levels inside, and contributes to a healthier indoor air quality inside your home.

Ceiling Insulation

Whether you want to add additional soundproofing and insulation between levels or you need to add a barrier between the attic and the rest of the house, ceiling insulation is a smart choice.

Crawl Space Insulation

For such a small area, a crawl space can have a big huge impact on your home’s energy efficiency if not properly insulated. No matter what type of crawl space you have and what material you use, you’ll notice the difference crawl space insulation can make.

Floor Insulation

Sub-flooring and floors over garages should be insulated. Heat enters and escapes buildings through the flooring, so installing insulation is extremely important. Make sure your floors are well insulated so you can help maximize energy savings and year-round comfort.

Wall Insulation

When it comes to home insulation, your walls are some of the best places to insulate. When it comes to insulating walls, there are a couple things to keep in mind: Exterior wall insulation and interior wall insulation are essential to maximizing your home’s energy efficiency and muffling noises from both outside and inside, between different rooms and levels.

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