In picking an insulation for your Maryland rental homes, there are several different types you can choose from, all of which having pros and cons. Unless you have the necessary information to make an informed choice, choosing the proper insulation is going to be difficult. In the following, we are going to look at four of the most common home insulation types along with a few of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is made for use in unfinished walls, ceilings, and floors. It is made of glass fibers matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them great for installation between studs, joists, and beams. Fiberglass insulation is also somewhat inexpensive and somewhat easy to install, which makes it a popular choice. On the other hand, it can irritate the skin and airways, so one has to wear gloves and take other safety measures before handling them. Another drawback to fiberglass insulation is that it is hard to add to existing construction without pulling apart the walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is especially handy when adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other hard-to-reach spots. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation may be its biggest downside as specialized equipment needs to be used.
Foam board is frequently used to insulate concrete blocks and slabs. Created out of durable materials such as polyurethane, foam board can be installed directly into the walls of new construction. Foam board can be utilized to insulate foundation walls, ceilings, and floors when adding to existing construction. It is fairly thin but has high insulating value. Like blown-in insulation, however, foam board requires specific skills and equipment for installation. Moreover, more layers should be added to get a weatherproof finish as it is not fire or weather resistant.
Sprayed foam is one of the most versatile types of insulation available. Created from a durable polyurethane, sprayed foam is meant for use in enclosed spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other parts. You can purchase sprayed foam in little containers for minor jobs, but greater amounts have to be applied with special spraying equipment. Moreover, it tends to be pricier than some other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you settle on for your rental properties will be based on a mix of factors, including the cost, which parts need insulation, and the present condition of the home. All types will increase the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you pick, you’re adding value and comfort to your rental properties in Maryland. To find out more, please contact us online or call us at 301-392-2172 today!