When choosing insulation for your Saratoga Springs rental homes, there are many different styles available, each with its own set of pros and cons. This can make picking out the best insulation difficult unless you know a lot about insulation. Below, we’ll discuss four of the most common types of home insulation and a few benefits of each.
Fiberglass insulation is made for use in raw walls, floors, and ceilings. It is comprised of glass fibers that have been matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them appropriate for installing between studs, joists, and beams. Fairly easy to install, fiberglass insulation is also budget-friendly, making it a common choice. Despite that, it can irritate the skin and airways, so gloves and other safety precautions should be used before contact. One additional hindrance to fiberglass insulation is that it is difficult to add to available construction without tearing apart the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is primarily used for adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other hard-to-reach spots. Loose fill and blown-in insulation may be made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The system of blowing in the insulation is probably its biggest con since special equipment must be used.
Foam board is commonly used to insulate concrete block and slabs. Made from rock-solid materials like polyurethane, foam board can be built right into the walls of new construction. When adding to recent construction, foam board can be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. It is somewhat thin but grants a fine insulating value. Similar to blown-in insulation, however, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment to install. It is also not fire or weather resistant, and so more layers must be added to execute a weatherproof finish.
Sprayed foam is one of the most convenient types of insulation available. Made from a resistant polyurethane, sprayed foam is cut out for use in enclosed spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to add around existing construction and pipes or other fixtures. You can buy sprayed foam in small containers for small jobs, but large amounts must be put in place using occupational spraying equipment. It also tends to be more expensive than some of the other types of insulation.
At the end of the day, the types of insulation you use for your rental homes will depend on a composition of factors including the cost, the existing situation of the home, and which areas need to be insulated. All types of insulation will add to the energy efficiency of the home, and so whichever which one you settle upon, you’ll add to the value and comfort to your rental homes in Saratoga Springs. To find out more about the services that Real Property Management Utah County offers, please contact us online or call us at 801-224-0033 today!