Beginners Guide to Insulation

Beginners Guide to InsulationWinter always seems to sneak up on us, doesn’t it? You’re enjoying the foliage of the autumn season and then – BAM – it’s time to put on the heavy sweaters and snow boots, bracing yourself for snow and rain ahead. Some of you may relish this, look forward to it and enjoy all of the benefits that come with it. But for those of you that don’t, we totally get it. Here at Australian Heritage Homes, we want to set you and your home up for success in all four seasons. We want your home to be airy and comfortable when the sun comes out to play and we want you to feel safe and snug when Mother Nature decides to do her worst. This means a lot of recommendations that we share right here on the blog. With the decades of experience that we have, and the teammates who are committed to solving any challenge that you or your home have, you are taken care of properly. Today, we’re looking at a hidden secret, which has a much bigger impact on your property than you realize. We’re kicking off a two-part series on insulation best practices.

Let’s first dive in to the most commonly used types of insulation. The first is batt insulation. It’s good for practical and basic coverage within all sorts of types of spaces around your house. These include everything from your basement to your attic, from your walls and crawl spaces to your ceilings. It’s frequently the most cost-effective and is quick to install. Bonus? It offers great sound-proofing qualities.

Next up is blown-in insulation. If you’re looking to limit your carbon footprint and remain energy efficient, this is the option for you. It’s effective for heat loss, especially when it comes to your attics, in-between walls and in those tough-to-reach spaces that still need the help of insulation.

For those looking to be a bit more advanced, we recommend SPF or Spray Polyurethane Foam. It’s an insulant and an air sealant. Many countries offer teams that are only dedicated to this technology of an energy-saving nature. If this is the route that you decide to go, keep an eye on a couple of specifics. If you see a label that calls it out as closed-cell SPF, you’re looking at a vapour-resistant foam. Should your home flood, no need to replace it. On the other end of the spectrum, we have open-cell SPF. This option has many of the same benefits but isn’t vapour retardant and should there be water damage, you won’t be protected.

So today’s post focused on a couple of the main types of insulation that you should seek out when the time is right. We always recommend that you work with an expert to determine the best product for your house, especially given the terrain or local weather patterns. Stay tuned for more information about installing insulation and maintaining it through the long haul, so that you and your loved ones are happy and comfortable.