Choosing the Right Attic Insulation for your Home and Budget

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Attics tend to be the most overlooked part of your home in which heat can escape. A poorly insulated attic can cause the winters in your home to be freezing cold and the summers to be scorching hot. This is because the attic is directly connected to the roof. The temperature of the roof will reflect the temperature of the attic. Thus, it is imperative to have the attic insulated in order to prevent sudden changes in temperature.

To keep your home at the optimal temperature you will need insulation in your attic. There are different types of insulation that can be used on your attic, and these types of material may vary as well as their method of installation, as well as cost. Today, we will go over the three most used types of insulation as well as the cost behind them. Let’s get started!

Batts Insulation

This type of insulation consists of interweaving binders of adhesives. These adhesives might be made of fiberglass or cotton. The cost of installing Batts differs in the thickness of the Batts themselves. It ranges from 12 cents to 60 cents per square foot. Batts is known to provide reliable insulation properties, but may lack total insulation coverage because the insulating material is not able to fill the entire space.

Since we are talking about insulation, a method of limiting the amount of heat transfer from one place to another (roof to attic), the insulating material should cover the whole area of the attic in order to improve its insulation capabilities. A number of households prefer to use Batts especially if the overall temperature outside is not that high because Batts insulation is the cheapest type of insulation to use.

Sprayed Insulation

Based on the name, sprayed insulation consists of a high-pressure liquid foam that is sprayed throughout the inside the walls of the attic and the underlying roof itself to help limit the heat from coming in or escaping.

In terms of the cost, sprayed insulation costs relatively more than that of Batts insulation. However, sprayed insulation provides a better, closed environment inside the attic which works best in both seasons. This is a much better insulating product compared to that of Batts insulation in compared to insulation savings.

Blown Insulation

The last of the most common types of insulation is the blown insulation. As the name implies, the insulating material is blown in place in order to stick properly to the surface of the roof. The insulating material may be fiberglass or cellulose.

Both materials have their respective advantages and disadvantages, but generally blown insulation provides better insulating capabilities than Batts. It also costs cheaper than Batts as well, though if you add the other costs in order to install the insulation properly such as the air sealant, dry vent, and other expenses, it might cost more.

Choosing the right type of insulation is characterized by the insulation’s effectiveness as well as overall cost. In terms of effectiveness, the spray insulation is the best, followed by blown, and lastly by batts insulation. In terms of cost, the best ranking is reversed with the Batts having the cheapest rates while the sprayed having the priciest cost of installation.

It really is up to the home owner if you want to have a fully-insulated attic, but you have to take into account the cost associated with doing so. A well-insulated attic will not only provide you with warmer winters and cooler summers but will save on energy costs in the long run as well.

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