Month: March 2020

white fiberglass batt insulation installed in a wall cavity

What is Fiberglass Insulation and How Does it Work?

Fiberglass insulation is a traditional insulating material and the type most people think of first. It is comprised of thin glass filaments that are woven together to create fiberglass batt insulation. Fiberglass insulation is also manufactured as loose product.

Fiberglass insulation acts as a thermal barrier to prevent heat from moving to a colder area – from outside to inside your home in warm months and from inside to outside your home in cold winter months. Fiberglass insulation is available in two forms: blown-in (loose-fill) and batt (blanket) and can be installed in almost any area of your home including walls, attics and crawl spaces.

Adding fiberglass insulation can help reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable all year long. Call us at Whitson Insulation and we can answer questions about your next insulation project.

man installing spray foam insulation

Is Spray Foam Insulation a Good Solution?

Spray foam adds thermal protection and seals air leaks in one application. Spray foam insulation is made up of two materials. When combined, the reaction causes them to expand and harden. There are two types of spray foam insulation: open cell and closed cell. Closed cell spray foam is more dense than open cell spray foam and has a higher R-value. Open cell spray foam also adds R-value and seals air leaks but is less dense than closed cell spray foam.

Some advantages of spray foam insulation:

  1. Because it fills even the smallest penetration points, spray foam insulation is an effective moisture and air barrier.
  2. Spray foam insulation can provide structural stability by expanding into cracks and crevices in your floors, ceilings and walls.
  3. Helps keep out pollutants that may enter the interior of your home.
  4. Because it is impermeable to water, its insulating properties are not compromised by moisture.
  5. The combination of R-value and air sealing makes it an ideal product to manage your home’s temperature.
  6. Can help reduce noise transfer.

Call Whitson Insulation in Grand Rapids today and one of our professionals can answer your spray foam questions.