In choosing an insulation for your Washington DC rental properties, there are several different types available, all with their own pros and cons. This can make it hard to choose the right insulation unless you possess the information you need to make an informed choice. In what follows, we’ll look at four of the most common home insulation types along with some of their pros and cons.
Fiberglass insulation is designed for use in unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings. It is created out of glass fibers that were matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them great for installation between studs, joists, and beams. Besides being relatively easy to install, fiberglass insulation is somewhat cheap as well, making it a popular option. On the other hand, it can be irritating to the skin and airways, so gloves and other preventive measures have to be taken before handling. Another downside to fiberglass insulation is that it is hard to add to existing construction without tearing apart walls and ceilings.
Loose Fill and Blown-In
Loose fill or blown-in insulation is exceptionally useful in adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other difficult-to-reach spots. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are usually made of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation is perhaps its biggest disadvantage because it requires specialized equipment.
Foam board is often utilized to insulate concrete blocks and slabs. Created out of durable materials like polyurethane, foam board can be built directly into the walls of new construction. Foam board can be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings when adding to existing construction. It is rather thin but offers a high insulating value. Like blown-in insulation, however, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment for installation. Moreover, it is not fire or weather resistant, and so more layers should be added to attain a weatherproof finish.
Sprayed foam is one of the most versatile insulation types available. Made from a durable polyurethane, sprayed foam is made for use in enclosed spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to add around existing construction and pipes or other features. You can buy sprayed foam in small containers for minor jobs, but bigger quantities have to be applied by means of special spraying equipment. It also has a tendency to be more expensive than some of the other insulation types.
In the end, the type of insulation you pick for your rental homes is going to depend on a combination of factors, including the cost, the current condition of the home, and which sections have to be insulated. All types will boost the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you end up choosing, you’ll add value and comfort to your rental homes in Washington DC. To learn more, please contact us online or give us a call at 202-269-0303 today!
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