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Fiberglass batts are the most popular insulation techniques in the world. They are made out of pre-cut sections of fiberglass or rock wool insulation. These sections are usually of a standard size to fit into regular cavities. The batts are used in most residential homes due to their cost-effectiveness. They are also very handy because they are designed for easy handling and can be use between the framing. In addition, they can be used in a number of areas such as walls, floors, attics, and ceilings. The downside is that, if they are improperly installed, they are likely to cut their R-value effectiveness by about 50 to 100 percent. This is because they can leave behind unsealed gaps and other wall irregularities.
HOW MUCH BATT INSULATION DO I NEED?
Batt insulation is fairly effective in sealing cracks and holes. Before deciding on the amount that you will have insulated, it is important to check whether the house already has insulation; if it does and the insulation is fully doing its job, then you only need to look out for cracks in other vulnerable areas. The R-value is usually another factor that comes into question. If your previous insulation has a lower R-value, then you definitely require a significant amount of batt insulation. Measure the depths of your current insulation. The industry standard is usually R-38, and the minimum thickness for R-38 is 12 inches. If your insulation is only 8 inches, for example, you will need to add a further 4 inches to achieve the 12-inch R-38 rating.
HOW DOES BATT INSULATION COMPARE TO OTHER FORMS?
To determine how effective batts are in terms of insulation compared to other forms,there are a number of things that need to be put into consideration. In terms of the R-value per mm length, batts are definitely on a higher level compared to other insulation forms. Some batt forms are designed to last surprising amounts of time compared to others,hence they can prove to be reliable insulation agents. If complimented well, they can be very effective in keeping the air conditions favorable.
WHAT ARE THE BATT INSTALLATION SAFETY PRECAUTIONS?
The most basic of installation basics is to involve yourself with a professional, who will ensure your batt insulation is up to scratch. Failure to this and the installation process faces the possibility of going horribly wrong. Prior to installation, ensure the house is properly ventilated to prevent the building up of too much heat and condensation. Spray foam as an alternative to batt insulation Spray foam insulation is commonly known as spray polyurethane foam insulation (SPFI). It is an effectively combined insulator made up of chemicals, which react together under heat and pressure to form a foam solution that comes into contact with walls and floors to expand and seal a dent or a hole completely. When spray foam is effectively installed, it is able to cover up holes and crevices around the attic and other places around the house that are vulnerable to air leaks, therefore retaining the room’s adequate air conditions by keeping warm air in the house when it’s cold outside, and locking out hot air when it is warm enough in the house. Ready Spray Foam provides batt and spray foam insulation solutions according to your needs.
+ What is spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation is commonly referred to as SPFI – Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Insulation. It is a combination insulator AND sealant in one. When professionally installed, spray foam insulation performs as an insulator, an air barrier, and a vapor barrier – all in one application. A comprehensive install will reduce energy consumption, lower utility costs, and improve indoor comfort levels.
+ How does one prepare the home for attic installation?
The install team requires clear access to the attic “hatch”. If the “hatch” is in a closet, ALL items must be removed, as well as any shelving (temporarily). Everything in the attic must be removed. For attic insulation removal, ALL items in the room closest to the “hatch” should be covered with a poly-sheet or tarp. Dust fallout is inevitable with any attic insulation work – there will be minor accumulation of dust after the work. It’s suggested to replace (or clean) furnace filters and other ventilation devices.
+ Does spray foam insulation abide by building codes?
Spray foam insulation is a recognized building material under the National Building Code of Canada and the Ontario Building Code. Clearly, specifications will differ for the attic and basement, and conditions will vary in a new build, a renovation, and a retrofit. But a professional installation contractor will be able to assess the specific situation, and install according to the appropriate code.
+ Does spray foam insulation contain formaldehyde?
Spray foam insulation does NOT contain formaldehyde. When it’s professionally applied, the foam mixture is a result of a chemical reaction that creates polyurethane foam. Both the foam product and the installation require professional handling. The equipment is specialized, the preparation process is involved, and the final application is multifaceted – this is not recommended as a DIY project.
+ What is the advantage of SPFI over fiberglass?
Because spray foam insulation adheres to every surface and creates a seamless air barrier, it doesn’t have the problems common to fiberglass batts. Batts cannot fully prevent air infiltration. They do not entirely seal circuit boxes, plumbing pipes, or electrical wiring, and therefore leave open gaps. This diminishes the ability of the batts to stop air leakage and thus reduces insulation effectiveness. When air is leaking in and out of a structure, both heating and cooling costs are increased. With spray foam, a space is completely sealed and insulated, and air leakage is prevented in summer and winter.
+ How can I prepare for a thermal barrier installation?
Access is required (within 100 feet of the equipment truck) to a municipal water hookup. The truck must park within 50 feet of the home or building. Ventilation or dehumidification should be provided in the work area until the product is dry. When the temperature is below freezing, Thermal Barrier installations may require a special truck or a work area with temporary heat. Temporary heat in the install area prevents the product from freezing. Drying time varies with temperature and humidity.