Do you consider your home to be cold and drafty during the winter? Is it difficult to keep your house cool in the summer? When it comes to the word “insulation”, most people visualize the classic pink, fuzzy, spun glass fibers that resemble cotton candy. Others may think about shredded newspaper, the main ingredient in cellulose insulation. The official definition of the word insulation, is a material that retards or prevents the progression of electricity, heat, moisture, shock or sound from one medium to another.
All types of insulation are manufactured to save energy in residential homes, as well as commercial businesses. However, all types of insulation are not created equal. There are several different kinds of insulation, such as fiberglass insulation, radiant barrier, asbestos and cellulose insulation.
There is a type of insulation, however, that is a step above the rest. It is called rigid foam insulation. Unlike your typical insulation, rigid foam insulation can stop air movement, and will not blow or shift out of place once it’s installed. To effectively stop air flow, rigid foam needs to be secured at the joints and edges, which can be done with tape or spray foam. Rigid foam panels are available in a variety of thicknesses and widths. The most common are 2-ft. x 8-ft. and 4-ft. x 8-ft. The panels can be easily cut with a saw or knife, and are usually cut to fit and then wedged into place, but can also be glued to surfaces using panel adhesive or caulk. There are several types of Rigid Foam Insulation on the market.
Polyiso Insulation Board
Polyiso, one of the most cost efficient and widely used insulation products, is a closed cell, rigid form, primarily used on the roofs of commercial buildings, including health institutions, offices and warehouses. It has excellent dimensional stability, is moisture resistant, and is resistant to solvents used in adhesives. It is made from recycled content, has a service temperature range from -100F to +250F, and is available nationwide.
Dow Styrofoam Insulation Board
Dow styrofoam insulation boards feature a closed cell structure that maintains their R-value over time. It is used for residential applications, is made from 20 percent recycled content, and helps enhance energy efficiency. It has unique grooves and slots for easy installation, and offers the highest moisture resistance of any foam plastic insulation.
Foam control EPS(expanded polystyrene insulation) has been used for over 35 years in all types of foam-control construction. It offers much more flexibility, and is cheaper than other forms of rigid insulation.
Insulation helps slow the movement of heat from inside to outside in the winter and from outside to inside during the summer. Upgrading the insulation in your home can save you hundreds of dollars off your heating and cooling bills every year. When it comes to choosing a type of insulation for your home, you should seriously consider choosing rigid foam insulation, due to its many benefits and its cost effectiveness.