All Around Roofing Services: Insulation
When it comes to choosing an insulation, understanding your options and partnering with an experienced contractor can make all the difference. The experienced Denver contractors at All Around Roofing & Exteriors have the expertise in insulation removal and installation and have provided insulation services in the Denver area for many years. Below is a description of the most common types of insulation used today.
- Blanket Insulation: Blanket insulation comes in rolls and batts and is easy to install, making it the most desirable for DIY projects. This insulation is made of various materials to include fiberglass, mineral wool, and natural or plastic fibers and is typically used in ceilings, floors, and unfinished walls where the blankets can be unrolled and fitted between beams, studs, and joists. When installing this insulation, it’s important to wear protective clothing since fiberglass can be unhealthy for the skin and respiratory system.
- Foam Boards: Foam board insulation comes in panels that can be used to insulate almost any part of a building. The materials used in this type of insulation consists of polyurethane, polystyrene, and polyisocyanurate, which make the panels rigid and reduce heat conduction. For anyone choosing this type of insulation for indoors, it’s important to note that the boards need to be covered with ½ inch of gypsum to increase fire safety in the structure.
- Spray Foam Insulation: Spray foam insulation is composed of two liquid components that, when applied to a cavity or surface, chemically react creating a solid foam layer. Spray foam insulation doesn’t break down like traditional insulations, such as cellulose or fiberglass, and has a lifespan of 80 years or more. This type of insulation expands up to 100 times its original size, filling in cracks and crevices, keeping conditioned air inside while sealing outside air. Spray foam insulation is great for saving energy while providing a cleaner air environment.
- Blown-In/Loose Fill Insulation: This insulation type is made up of cellulose, mineral wool, or fiberglass and is a popular option for providing insulation to spaces that are already enclosed, such as wall cavities. Loose fill or blown-in insulation requires the use of machinery that literally blows the insulation into the desired area. This option is most beneficial for building owners that are looking to insulate a space containing unfinished walls or areas containing irregular shapes or obstructions.
- Concrete Block Insulation: This type of insulation is used when concrete walls and foundations require variable insulation values. While each concrete block can be filled with insulation, it is more desirable to place insulating concrete forms, or ICF’s, on the outside of the concrete blocks, which is typically done when the structure is being built.
- Reflective Insulation: The reflective insulation system is used most in attics and works to prevent the downward movement of heat, or radiant heat gain. This insulation is installed where there is at least 1 inch of space between the reflective sheet and the nearest surface. The material reflects heat into the air allowing that air to heat up and flow upward.
Regardless of your insulation needs, the experienced team of Denver contractors at All Around Roofing & Exteriors offer a variety of options that can help with energy efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills. If you’re not sure what system is best for you, call our local contractors today. The professionals at All Around Roofing & Exteriors of Denver will assess your structure and provide options that best meet your needs.