Types of Insulation
Building insulation comes in a wide range of styles and materials, but here are the most common types so that you can get a better sense of what the options are and what different types of insulation are used for.
Blanket insulation comes in rolls that are easily installed and are made in a variety of materials such as fiberglass, mineral wool and plastic or natural fiber. Blanket insulation is primarily used in floors, ceilings and unfinished walls where the "blankets" can be rolled out and fitted between joists, beams and studs.
Concrete Block insulation is used when concrete foundations and walls require variable insulation values. Instead of filling each block with insulation, it is preferable to place insulation called insulating concrete forms, or ICFs, on the outside of concrete blocks. This is usually done while a building is being built, if at all.
Foam boards are a type of insulation that comes in rigid panels and can be used to insulate just about any part of a building. They are usually made of polystyrene, polyisocyanurate and polyurethane. These materials provide rigidity to the boards while also reducing heat conduction through adjacent structural components such as studs.
Loose-fill or blown-in insulation is made of cellulose, fiberglass or mineral wool, and is a popular option for insulating spaces that are already enclosed, such as open wall cavities. These insulation types are blown in using machinery that functions much like a reverse vacuum and is great for unfinished walls or irregularly shaped spaces.
Reflective insulation systems are used primarily to prevent the downward movement of heat. The material reflects heat into the air around it, enabling that air to heat up and flow upward and away. This type of insulation is used mostly in attics where radiant heat barriers can prevent downward heat flow.
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