Keeping your home comfortable during the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter is important. However, it can also be difficult, particularly if your insulation is not up to snuff. Insulation helps to ensure that warm or cool air stays where you want it – inside your home – instead of being transferred to the outside. If you do not have enough insulation, or the right type of insulation, you will find that maintaining a comfortable home is more difficult. Do you need to upgrade your insulation?
Fibreglass insulation is what most people use. It’s available in rolls from DIY stores and construction suppliers, and is usually rolled into place and then cut to fit. It’s also available in several different thicknesses, or ratings. If your insulation is not thick enough, then you can experience heat or cooling loss. Replacing that insulation and going with a higher R-value can help you save money and stay more comfortable.
Rockwool insulation looks a little like fibreglass insulation, though it usually differs in colour. Often, this is a grey/brown, while fibreglass is yellow or pink. The main difference here is that it is a very good sound insulation material, as well as a thermal insulator. It is also extremely fireproof, up to 700 degrees C or more.
Sprayed foam insulation is exactly what it sounds like. It is not quite as good at insulating against sound as rockwool cellulose, but it can be more affordable. Often, this material will need to be applied in a thicker layer to help ensure that you have proper thermal insulation, because the fibres are not packed as tightly together.
These are the three most common types of home insulation, and all of them can be upgraded if you notice that your insulation is not performing to standards. The best option is to hire a professional to check your heat loss issues. While it might seem like the problem stems from a lack of insulation, heat transfer out of the home can happen from a number of areas, including windows, air leaks in your floors or walls, in the ductwork of your home and more.
A professional will be able to determine just what you need to do, and whether upgrading your attic insulation is really going to give you the results that you want, helping you save money and stay more comfortable.