New Home Insulation
Applying insulation to newly constructed homes is nearly identical to retro-fitting homes. The only difference is that our contractors are able to work more freely given the fact that there is no furniture, drywall or other personal property hindering our access. The same materials used to retro-fit a home are identical for new homes. For hard to reach areas, blown insulation may be the preferred mode of application. However, for newly constructed homes, this is not an issue. There are several options available, all with varying life-spans and R-values. Midland Insulation is the best in the business. We’d be happy to explore all the options available to you.
Given the direction that our world is heading in, more and more people are concerned with their environmental footprint. Denim gives you the opportunity to insulate your home with 100% recycled material. Most cotton insulation is derived from discarded scraps from denim factories. The remaining 30% is comprised of raw cotton, a completely renewable resource. The R-value of fiberglass and denim is roughly the same, measuring at 3.2 to 3.7 per inch of thickness. Although the R-value is approximately the same, you can expect to pay 15-20% more for cotton. The life span is of cotton insulation is roughly 80 to 100 years.
Journalists continue to report that the newspaper industry is dying, well that’s not the case with cellulose insulation. This incredibly efficient insulation is composed of shredded newspaper and treated with boron to make it fire resistant. It is then blown into every crack and crevice necessary to properly insulate your home from the elements. Blown in cellulose is a highly effective way to insulate your home. Cellulose has an R-value of 3.6 per inch. Cellulose price points are reasonable when compared to closed-cell insulation. Another benefit is that there are no health hazards associated with working or breathing in this material.
Closed Cell Insulation
Closed cell insulation is the mother of all insulations. Our skilled contractors love working with it because it is applied quickly and with ease. Its chemical composition allows us to spray it into the wall cavity. Once applied, the substance expands then hardens. We then slice off the excess with a large sharp tool, similar to a knife. Its closed cell properties and the fact that it expands is what makes this material so economically and environmentally efficient. Closed cell insulation has an R-value of 6.0 per inch. Of course you can expect that along with that efficiency comes a higher price point.
Open Cell Insulation
Open cell insulation is the little cousin to closed cell insulation. Similar in application, it is sprayed into the wall cavity like a liquid, then transforms into a hardened substance once it makes contact with a surface and dries. This insulation expands, making it easy to seal holes and other irregular shaped areas. Our skilled contractors then trim the excess material, creating a neat and uniform appearance. This substance has an R-value of 3.6-3.8, obviously more energy efficient than fiberglass. Open cell is a nice mid-range option when considering price and efficiency. We’d be happy to bring a sample and photos so that you can see how it will be applied to your new home.