Important Terms to Know About Cold and Heat Insulation Contractors
Insulation contractors install all types of insulation in attics, basements, crawl spaces, and other areas of a home or business. They use a variety of thermal insulation products designed to stabilize internal air temperature and keep in cold and heat. Insulation, which saves on energy and provides noise resistance, comes in many different forms, from spray foam to sheets. Here are some terms to keep familiar with when selecting a qualified insulation contractor.
Frost Resistant Insulation: This refers to a particular type of insulation that repels frost or ice, which is great for extremely cold climates.
Hemp: An all-natural fiber that is friendly on the environment. Related natural materials include wool, cotton, straw, sawdust and wood chips.
Blown Insulation: Applied using special blowers, this cellulose-based material is ideal because it doesn’t clog vents and is great for filling in spaces around chutes. This environmentally friendly insulation is very efficient and less costly than fiberglass.
Reflective Insulation: Made from foil with different types of backing, such as polyethylene bubbles, cardboard or plastic, typically found between rafters and wall studs. This form of insulation is extremely energy efficient, and provides a radiant barrier when used in an open space, particularly attics. Foil is generally sold in rolls, presenting a versatile insulation option for any home.
R Value: Resistance to the flow of heat. The higher an R value, the better it can resist heat transfer.
Batt Thickness: Refers to the thickness of any given insulation. The higher the R value of the insulation, the thicker it will be.