Types of Insulation in Naples, FL
The type of insulation you install can be a big decision that has a huge impact on your building. From your air quality to your energy bill, choosing the correct type of insulation can change things for the better. At Pro-Seal USA in Naples, FL, we can handle any commercial or residential insulation jobs you need done—but sometimes you need a little more information to understand what insulation option is best for you.
Fiberglass insulation can be a decent, affordable option when looking to upgrade the insulation in your building. Its R-value (how well of an insulator a material is) is usually 3.0 per square inch, though this can vary. Fiberglass is a fair insulation material, but it doesn’t withstand the test of time. It can flatten and compress, which causes it to lose its insulation efficacy, and aged fiberglass insulation can start to hold moisture, leading to growth of mold—not to mention, animals love to nest in it.
Blown-in insulation refers to any insulation material that is loose and gets blown or sprayed into a cavity needing to be insulated. The R-value depends upon the material that is being used and the density that it’s applied in, but the major disadvantage of blown-in insulation is settling. Over time, blown-in insulation can settle and compress, losing many of its insulating qualities. Another concern is loose particles floating around the building, which can sometimes be harmful.
Cellulose insulation is commonly composed of recycled newspaper or cardboard that is treated to be fire-retardant. A couple of advantages of cellulose are that it’s affordable, it tends to perform better than fiberglass insulation with an R-value of 3.5 or higher, it doesn’t mold easily, and it tends to mute sound that travels through the building. It can also easily fill a space to tightly fit, working around wires and posts with ease. However, it does have its disadvantages, such as settling over time, loose particles getting into the building, weighing heavily on a structure, and occasional mold if used with a vapor barrier. When done correctly, though, several of these issues can be avoided, which makes Pro-Seal USA a great choice if you’re going to use cellulose for your insulation.
Rigid board insulation
Made of fibrous materials or plastic foam, rigid board insulations can be a great option to consider when upgrading the insulation in your building. They have a good R-value that varies depending upon the material, are lightweight and durable, can actually make a structure stronger, won’t rot over time, and can provide sound insulation. However, they are flammable, some types can easily crumple, some can be home to termites, and they’re susceptible to UV damage. Rigid board insulation is also pricier than a lot of the other options available.
Spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation is our go-to preference for insulation jobs because it’s durable, ages well, can be quickly installed, and can be used for more than just insulation. Since it has expansion properties, its affinity for filling in holes and cracks make it the perfect material for waterproofing a space while creating an air barrier. Because of this, it can cut your energy bill in half, make your building cozier, and give you better air quality in your home or business, freeing it from outside contaminants.
This is just the tip of the iceberg on insulation types and their various benefits and disadvantages, but it should give you an idea of what to consider. At Pro-Seal USA, if you choose us for your insulation needs, you’ll be able to meet with an experienced expert consultant who will give you more information about what insulation types will be best for you.