When dealing with insulating a new home, it should be looked at as an investment and depending on what your budget is for insulation, we can recommend a number of different options. Sometimes by spending only a few hundred dollars more you can save thousands of dollars in energy bills over the life of the home. At Best Property Improvements we lay out all the options and benefits in an informational way and let you decide what will be the best option for you.
This is by far the easiest and cheapest way to insulate your home. Fiberglass batts of insulation are stapled or placed in each bay and this method is typically used to insulate walls and in between floors for thermal and sound control. In a 2×4 wall an R-13 batt is used. In a 2×6 wall either an R-19 batt is used or an R-21 high density batt. Because it’s so easy, some homeowners try to do it themselves when building a new home in order to save a little money. While this might seem like a good way to save a little money it doesn’t end up being much cheaper than having professionals do it. Because we get very competitive pricing on our materials, we can usually can usually do the entire job for just slightly more than it would cost you just for the materials. This way, you don’t have to worry about it getting done right, spending the time to install it, or transporting the materials to your home.
Net and Blow
This a step up from the fiberglass batts. Because the batts are solid pieces, they can’t squeeze their way into every little crack like loose-fill insulation can. Net and Blow requires a mesh to first be stapled to all the framing members of the walls that will be insulated. Then, using a pneumatic insulation blowing machine, each bay is dense packed with loose-fill fiberglass or cellulose insulation. This method allows for the insulation to fill up each little crack and flow freely around wiring and plumbing creating a more airtight insulation barrier. It also allows for a higher R value of insulation in the wall cavities. A 2×4 or 2×6 wall can be insulated anywhere from R-13 up to R-30 depending on the fill density of the walls.
Wet Spray Insulation
This is a process where each wall cavity is filled with cellulose insulation that is sprayed on wet. It sticks to the cavity and a scrubbing brush is used to scrape any excess off so that they drywall can fit properly. This type if process allows for a very air tight insulation barrier and serves as an excellent sound barrier as well. In a 2×4 wall this process will achieve R-13 and in a 2×6 wall it will achieve R-19.
Spray Foam Insulation
Compressed foam is sprayed onto the walls and is allowed to expand, filling each cavity completely. The excess is then shaved off so the drywall can fit properly. This type of insulation is a premium insulator and creates an airtight barrier as well as an excellent insulation barrier.