When it comes to picking insulation for your Atlanta rental properties, there are numerous types available, each of which having pros and cons. This can make choosing the proper insulation hard unless you have the necessary information to make an informed decision. In what follows, we are going to discuss four of the most common home insulation types as well as some of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is intended for use in unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings and is made up of glass fibers that were matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of batts or rolls makes them great for installing between studs, joists, and beams. As it is fairly easy to install and relatively cheap, fiberglass insulation is a commonly selected choice. However, it can cause irritation of the airways and skin, so gloves and other safety measures should be taken before usage. Another drawback to fiberglass insulation is that it is hard to add to existing construction without destroying the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is particularly handy in adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other tough-to-reach spots. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are typically made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation is perhaps its biggest disadvantage as it requires specialized equipment.
Foam board is usually used to insulate concrete blocks and slabs. Made from durable materials such as polyurethane, foam board can be added straight into the walls of new construction. When adding to existing construction, foam board may be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. Although it is relatively thin, it does have high insulating value. However, like blown-in insulation, foam board necessitates specialized skills and equipment to install. It is also not whether or fire resistant and so extra layers should be added to attain a weatherproof finish.
Sprayed foam is one of the most flexible insulation types in the market. Sprayed foam is made from a strong polyurethane and is meant for use in tight spaces, gaps, walls, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to add around existing construction and pipes or other features. Sprayed foam can be purchased in small containers for small jobs, but larger amounts have to be installed using special spraying equipment. Furthermore, it tends to be pricier than some of the other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you settle on for your rental homes will depend on various factors, including the cost, the current state of the home, and which areas need to be insulated. All types will increase the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you choose, you’ll add value and comfort to your Atlanta rental homes. To learn more, please contact us online or give us a call at 678-504-8580 today!
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