Your local insulation contractors are professionals who specialize in insulation installation and repair. Their goal is to help you have a more energy-efficient home so you will not have to worry about high electric bills. A good local insulation contractor can work on residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
A residential insulation contractor works with a homeowner to determine which type of insulation is best for the house. Commercial and industrial insulation contractors work with architects, builders, and project managers. This allows them to provide services in compliance with building codes and specifications. They can insulate a wide range of properties, including office buildings, hospitals, and schools.
Types of Insulation That Local Insulation Contractors Can Install in Your Home
There are many sort of insulation materials you can choose from for your local contractor to install. Each of these varieties of insulation can function more efficiently if you know where it should be installed. Here are the different types of insulation you can choose from:
- Fiberglass Insulation
The most commonly used among insulators nowadays is fiberglass. It is made out of silica sand and tiny shards of glass fibers. Fiberglass comes in many different forms, such as precut batts and rolls or loose-fill. Manufacturers have designed batts and rolls to fit between rafters, studs, and joists. You can use them to insulate unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings.
Meanwhile, blown-in and loose-fill fiberglass can insulate existing walls and hard-to-reach areas. Fiberglass insulation traps pockets of air and prevents heat from traveling through it. This keeps your home warm in winter and cool in summer.
If you want fiberglass installed in your home, it is best to let your local insulation contractor do the job since it can be dangerous to do it yourself. Fiberglass can cause damage to your lungs, eyes, and skin if safety equipment is not worn.
- Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is designed to cover or seal the holes or cracks in your home that cause air leaks. These leaks may be the reason why your HVAC system is working harder than it is supposed to. As a result of these little holes in your house, you would be paying for higher energy bills instead of making your home more energy-efficient.
Open cell spray foam and closed cell spray foam are the two types of spray foam insulation. The cells of an open cell foam are not fully closed to make its foam more flexible and softer. Open cell foams have lower resistance to heat, which is why some local insulation installers in MA would suggest to use them for the interior of your house.
The cells of closed cell foam are completely encapsulated and are pressed together. This way, moisture and air will not be able to get inside its foam. Closed cell foams are rigid and stable. They also have higher resistance to heat, so some local insulation contractors prefer to install them on your home’s exterior.
- Mineral Wool Insulation
A mineral wool insulation is one type of insulator that is commonly used in piping and construction industry. It has high resistance to flame and does not easily become deformed due to heat. This is why some local insulation installers in MA use it to insulate the pipes of houses. Mineral wool insulation can also prevent water from freezing.
Rock wool and slag wool are two common types of mineral wool insulation. Rock wool insulation, as the name suggests, is made out of rocks or basalt. It is fire-resistant and also good for soundproofing. Rock wool can be installed in walls, ceilings, floors, crawlspaces, and attics. Due to its soundproofing quality, some MA insulation contractors also use it in media rooms and music studios.
Slag wool insulation is mostly made of blast furnace slag and natural rock. Like rock wool, it is highly resistant to heat. It is the common type of insulator that is used by local insulation contractors to insulate the pipes in your house. Slag wool insulation can either be blown-in or poured-in, and there is no drying time.
- Polystyrene Insulation
Polystyrene can be expanded or extruded. The extruded polystyrene is more commonly known as Styrofoam. Since polystyrene are flammable, manufacturers need to coat it with fire proofing chemical known as Hexabromocyclododecane or HBCD. Once coated, polystyrene can be one of the best thermal insulators.
A polystyrene insulation is also waterproof, so you can be sure that you can avoid the growth of mold or mildew. Since it is water resistant, some MA insulation contractors install them over the roof membrane to avoid moisture. Polystyrene insulation is also good in soundproofing, so you can have them installed in between rooms or in any other parts of your house.
- Pyrogel Insulation
Pyrogel is for a type of insulation that’s ideal for high-temperature applications. It is made of silica aerogel reinforced with carbon and glass fiber batting.
Silica aerogel is known for its excellent heat insulation properties. It possesses the lowest thermal conductivity compared to other solid materials. This is why it is commonly used to insulate piping and equipment that is exposed to heat.
Pyrogel insulation is water resistant so it can avoid the damaging effect of wet insulation. Though it repels water, it allows vapor to escape. This helps keep pipes dry. Pyrogel insulation can be easily removed for inspection or for cleaning purposes.
- Natural Fiber Insulation
Natural fiber insulation can be made out of cotton, sheep’s wool, straw, or hemp. Cotton insulation is mostly made out of recycled cotton as well as plastic fibers. The cotton and plastic fibers are treated with the same borate compounds used in cellulose insulators. Cotton insulation can cost more than other insulators such as fiberglass.
Sheep’s wool can also be treated with borate, so it can be used as a natural fiber insulator. It is often used in classrooms and offices because of its soundproofing quality. The fibers of a sheep’s wool has millions of air pockets that can trap air and sound. A sheep’s wool can also absorb and release moisture, preventing damp build up. It also does not burn easily.
Insulators can also be made out of straw bale and hemp. The former is ideal for soundproofing. Straw bale insulation is usually installed in the walls of a house. Contractors normally use cement for straw bale insulation to protect it from seepage. While hemp is not as popular as other insulation materials, some homeowners are choosing it because it’s eco-friendly and sustainable.
- Cellulose Insulation
One alternative to fiberglass insulation is cellulose. It is mostly made out of recycled newsprint. For this reason, it is often considered environment-friendly and it is the main insulation option we provide.
Cellulose is chemically treated with nontoxic borate compounds and designed to resist fire, molds, and insects. It can be used to insulate any area of your house and is great for soundproofing.
Cellulose insulation can be installed in different ways. It can be blown-in to the space using a large hose, wet-sprayed, or dense-packed. Cellulose can be hard to install on your own, so it would be wiser to contact your local insulation contractor for your insulation installation.
Get in Touch With Revise Energy for Insulation Installation
If you are looking for local insulation installers in MA, consider Revise Energy. We have been installing quality insulations locally for many years. Revise Energy have also been certified by the Building Performance Institute Inc., so you can be sure that we are experts at what we do and we can help lower your electric bill.
If you are not sure which type of insulation is good for you, our installation contractor will be happy to provide you with the details you need to make an informed choice. Local insulation installers in MA will make sure that you will have a more energy-efficient home after the insulation installation. Contact us to learn more about insulators and to experience the quality service that you deserve!