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Good insulation is an important factor in keeping a home comfortable and utility costs down. Poorly insulated homes leak heat, especially in cold climates like Denver. As a result, the heating system has to work harder and draw more energy to replace the lost heat and keep the house at the right temperature. Much of the heat lost in a house is lost through the roof, and Denver roofing companies offer a range of insulation options when repairing or replacing roofing materials.

Fiberglass insulation is the most common type of insulation used in American homes. A good insulator, fiberglass is made of thin glass fibers woven together in large sheets. Fiberglass slows heat and sound transfer depending on the varying thickness, also known as R value. This keeps the house cool in summer and warm in winter. Fiberglass insulation poses no fire risk and can lower energy costs by up to 40 percent. Special precautions are necessary when installing fiberglass because it can be irritating to the skin. However, once it is installed, fiberglass is a safe and effective insulating material.

Spray foam insulation is another popular type of insulation.

Made of polyurethane foam, spray foam insulation consists of a resin that is sprayed out of a specialized hose to coat walls and ceilings. Spray foam insulation is quick to install, and it can insulate up to 50 percent better than other insulation types. It is also particularly resistant to moisture and can help prevent mold growth in the house. Because it is sprayed rather than laid down in sheets, spray foam insulation can be used in irregularly shaped spaces or as a patch to fix leaky areas in the home. Spray foam insulation is also a great sound insulator and can create a quieter home environment.

Spray foam insulation is more expensive than fiberglass insulation, but spray foam insulates better when properly installed. Although fiberglass insulation can be installed by the homeowner, it is often easier to have a professional contractor complete the project. Spray foam insulation is so specialized that it requires expert installers to get full coverage in the home. Done right, spray foam is very effective, but it can be tricky to do correctly. Experienced contractors are vital to make sure the more expensive price is worth it. As an affordable and effective insulation, fiberglass is an excellent choice for most homeowners. However, those with a bigger budget and greater insulation requirements, may find that spray foam is the better option.

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