When it comes time to choose an insulation for your home there are a couple of different choices for your home. It can be overwhelming not knowing which type of insulation to choose from. There are certain advantages to choosing the right insulation for your house.
The two most popular options are fiberglass and spray foam insulation. When making a choice in insulating your home consider the following options:
While fiberglass is still one of the most popular insulation used in homes today but, over the years Spray foam insulation has become increasingly popular. A reason that fiberglass insulation is still a popular choice is because it is much cheaper to install than spray foam insulation. The cost of installing spray foam insulation is at least three times the cost of the Fiberglass insulation.
Another aspect of the two different types of insulation is the spray foam has to be done by professional installers so this also is added to the cost. Fiberglass insulation can be installed by the homeowner themselves. These two aspects have to be looked at by the homeowner.
With all the added costs of buying spray foam insulation you might be wondering it it is even worth it? Oh it is worth it!
Fiberglass insulation is not as energy efficient as spray foam insulation. If using spray foam insulation you can cut your energy bill and lower it by as much as fifty percent. So the energy efficiency of the spray foam makes up for the more expensive price tag.
Fiberglass insulation is not as energy efficient and has pockets where the airflow escapes to the outdoors. These fiberglass pockets create lots of holes where the air can escape. This also means the r-factor is lower in the fiberglass insulation. This is especially true in cold climates and the fiberglass insulation lets in the cooler air in cold climates.
Another point to note is once the insulation is installed in both of these installations they have one major difference. The fiberglass insulation loses it r-factor value over time whereas spray foam does not lose its r-factor over time. The r-factor is a measure of how much air can be kept from flowing out. The greater the r-factor the higher the number.
With the price of spray form being more expensive is it worth the cost. Yes you can increase your energy efficiency by quite a bit and recover your costs of installation within three to four years. The spray foam insulation has to be properly done by an expert so to get all the areas. If this is done properly then you will save lots in your energy costs. It will last longer than the fiberglass insulation also.
Fiberglass insulation can be installed by the homeowner but you have to make sure to wear protective gloves and mask so you don’t breath the fibers which are known to cause cancer. The spray foam is safe when it dries but you need protective clothing and mask to keep from breathing and can cause respiratory problems. With the higher efficiency of the spray foam it is vastly becoming more popular.