What Are The Types Of Thermal Insulation?

Spray foam insulation

Thermal insulation helps prevent heat from flowing in and out of a building hence enabling homeowners to keep their house warm during winter and cool during summer. There are different types of thermal insulations including concrete blocks, insulating concrete forms, blanket insulation, structural insulated panels, spray foam insulation among many others. Many homeowners opt for spray foam to insulate their homes. Spray foam is not only energy efficient but also offers comfort. For the best spray foam insulation for both residential and commercial premises, visit First Defense Insulation. Below we look at the various available thermal insulation options.

Spray Foam Insulation

The foam seals spaces where doors and windows meet walls and any other areas such as pole barns and rim joints. It is also used on walls, attic, and other free crawl spaces. Unlike other conventional insulation materials, spray foam fills gaps, crevices, and cracks without losing its shape. The foam does not sag, settle or compress over time making it one of the most preferred insulation materials. Spray foam has many benefits including reduced airflow, sound dampening, and also deters mold growth. It has also been proven to improve indoor air quality.
Spray foam also helps prevent air condensation on the walls. Condensation is mainly caused by different temperatures in and outside the house, especially if there is little or no insulation. The foam insulation creates a barrier that makes it difficult for the air outside and inside to meet.

Concrete Block Insulation

This is one of the simplest and most cost-effective insulation methods which involves filling the concrete rows with insulation material. This may incorporate foam boards, injection foam insulation, and loose fill masonry insulation. Some incorporate spray foam insulation which comes in different forms such as polystyrene, and polyurethane. Since the spray is externally applied on the walls it prevents thermal bridging while increasing thermal resistance.

Structural Insulated Panels

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are made of two rigid boards and an insulated foam core. The foam could be polystyrene foam or polyurethane which are pressure laminated together to form a strong core. If the SIPs are intentionally installed to meet energy star requirements, they have been proven to offer significant energy savings. SIPs provide many benefits such as insulation, air, and vapor barrier.

Concrete Forms (ICFs)

ICFs are made of polystyrene foam where concrete is poured on the space in between the foam. The blocks are interlocked and once in place concrete is poured in between. The two insulation layers both inside and outside reduce heat loss. ICFs have been proven to provide sealing and prevent air leakage.

Blanket Insulation Or Batts And Rolls

This is one of the most common and widely used insulation methods. The blankets are made of fiberglass which comes rolled in batts and rolls. The rock and slag option is made of mineral wool, natural fiber such as cotton and plastic fiber.
When choosing a thermal insulator, prioritize insulation that will save energy, provide comfort, and improve indoor air quality. To learn more about spray foam insulation visit https://fdinsulation.com/attic-insulation/spray-foam/.

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Willis Texas 77318

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