Home Insulation Products

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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As construction materials technology steadily advances, the number of home insulation products on the commercial market also steadily rises. In the last century, builders have moved from natural insulators to manufactured products like asbestos and foam sheeting. Some of the most common types of home insulation products are loose fill insulation, rigid foam, soundproofing products, and blanket or roll products.

All home insulation products and other building materials must be tested for an R-value. R-values of products describe that product's thermal insulation qualities. In general, walls with little insulation or insulation that is too compacted to properly function will have lower R-values than properly insulated walls.

Some Examples of Home Insulation Products

Loose fill insulation is made of small fiberglass pellets that are blown into the desired areas with a specialized blowing tool. Most modern loose fill insulation is formaldehyde-free, and is great to insulate attics, confined spaces, and closed cavities. By using liberal amounts of the insulation, builders can achieve R-values of R-60 or higher.

Rigid foam board insulation is often made of formed sheets of Styrofoam or some other modern building material. Occasionally, soundproofing materials may come in rigid panels, though they are often sold as semi-rigid mats or sheets instead. In the case of ICF (insulated concrete forms) building systems, the concrete is surrounded on both the inside and the outside by rigid foam panels that offer R-values of approximately R-40 or more.

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