There are many effective ways to add more insulation to your home. Two of the most common ways to add insulation to an existing home is with spray-in foam solutions and fiberglass rolls. Both can add a very effective layer of insulation to nearly any property. However, adding fiberglass insulation inside your wall frames is a much more labor intensive process. This article will explain both processes so you can decide which is better for your situation.
Spay-In Foam Insulation
Spray-in foam insulation is definitely the easiest of the two options to install. To add spray-in foam insulation to a wall you need to drill a hole into the drywall. The spray-in foam has a hose that you insert into the hole. Then, when you spray the foam it will fill up the wall cavity. However, you need to drill a hole every 16" to fill the area in between the vertical studs. You will need a stud finder so you can find and mark the vertical studs. You will also need no search for horizontal studs next to light switches and outlets. You will have to patch and repaint the holes to finish the job. This might sound like a lot of additional work, but it is nothing compared to the work that is necessary to add fiberglass insulation rolls.
To add fiberglass insulation rolls to a home, you basically need to remove the drywall from the frame. This is a major construction process, and this is why most people only add fiberglass insulation if they are in the process of a large-scale home remodel. The fiberglass unrolls and then you simply staple it to the inside of the drywall. It is very easy to install once the walls are exposed.
No matter what type of insulation you decide to add to your home, the most important thing to look at is the R-value. The R-value is a universal rating system for insulation based on regional climates. Higher our values are necessary in colder climates. However, some people install insulation with a higher R-value rating than is suggested to give their home an added level of insulation. This is a good idea if you live in the colder parts of Canada.
Adding insulation to an existing home can be a hassle. But, it is well worth it in the long run because it will save you money and allow you to run a more efficient household. FOr more information, contact Four Seasons Insulation Ltd.