In deciding on an insulation for your Milwaukee rental properties, there are various types available, bearing their own pros and cons. This can make it tough to choose the right insulation unless you possess the information you need to make an informed decision. In what follows, we’ll look at four of the most common types of home insulation along with some of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is designed for use in unfinished walls, ceilings, and floors. It is created out of glass fibers that were matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The batts or rolls’ size makes them perfect for installing between studs, joists, and beams. Because they are quite easy to install and fairly inexpensive, fiberglass insulation has become a popular choice. However, it can lead to irritation of the skin and airways, so gloves and other safety precautions should be taken before handling. Another problem with fiberglass insulation is that it is hard to add to existing construction without pulling apart the ceilings and walls.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is especially useful when adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other tough-to-reach areas. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. Since specialized equipment has to be used, the process of blowing in the insulation is perhaps its biggest drawback.
Foam board is usually used to insulate concrete slabs and blocks. Made from heavy-duty materials such as polyurethane, foam board can be installed 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 is somewhat thin but provides great insulating value. However, like blown-in insulation, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment to install. It is also not whether or fire resistant, so further layers have to be added to obtain a weatherproof finish.
Sprayed foam is one of the most adaptable types of insulation in the market. Made from a strong polyurethane, the sprayed foam was designed to be utilized in confined spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other features. You can purchase sprayed foam in small containers for small jobs, but larger amounts need to be applied using special spraying equipment. Also, it is usually more expensive than some of the other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you settle on for your rental homes is going to depend on a combination of factors, including the cost, the current condition of the home, and which sections need to be insulated. All types will increase the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you end up choosing, you’ll add value and comfort to your rental homes in Milwaukee. To learn more, please contact us online or call us at 262-309-6961 today!
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