Garage Insulation R Value
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What R-Value of Insulation to Use for a Garage?

A lot of people usually don’t think of insulating their garage when they are insulating their house but doing so goes a long way in reducing energy costs for the whole house as it offers an additional buffer.

Insulating the Garage

When you have a room built over a garage, it becomes vital to insulate the ceiling of the garage to avoid the heated area above it from losing its heat. When you insulate your garage, use insulation with the exact same rated R-value as that was installed in your home’s ceiling and walls.

While insulating your garage won’t make it essentially warmer unless you include a heater, it will help to provide additional insulated space for the home. A great deal of people enter and exit the home through their garage, the additional insulation will help make the car start easier in the morning. Use the same insulation to insulate the garage that was used for the exterior walls of the home. If the walls and ceiling are closed in, think of using a loose fill type of insulation, as this type of insulation uses a machine to push the insulation where it needs to go through a hole in the sheetrock. Insulate the garage’s ceiling by using the suggested R-value for your area as advised by the Department of Energy.

Exterior Walls

If your exterior walls were constructed from 2-by-4 inch studs, the maximum insulation that can be installed into the wall while keeping its R-value is R-13 or R-15 as these are each made to fit a recess at a depth of 3 1/2 inches. Because insulation fits the width and depth of the recess between studs, when you condense insulation to fit the space, you take away its insulating properties — the trapped air between the fibers.

Ceilings

When you have a room over your garage, its floor rests on boards supported by joists. If the joists are 10 inches deep, the recess can take high-density R-30 insulation, which is 8 1/2 inches thick, more than adequate enough for floor insulation. If the rafters are open to the garage, (boards that support the roof) use R-38 insulation between the them at the roof, if they are at a depth of 10 inches. To add additional insulation inside the garage, using sheetrock install a ceiling and allow access to the space between the new ceiling and the roof. This allows you to add the required insulation. While some ceilings in the southwestern part of the United States require a minimum of R-19 insulation, most attics or ceiling areas require a minimum of R-38 in the ceiling.

Garage Door Insulation

Use specialized foil-backed blanket insulation to fit the inside of your garage door. A lot of garage-door insulation has an R-value between R-8 and R-12, because it is thin enough to fit the space. This will add insulation to the garage door without hindering its functionality. Another option is purchasing a pre-insulated garage door that might have a higher R-value. If you insulate the garage without insulating the garage door will allow any heat collected in the room to escape through the door.

Best Way to Insulate Garages

When insulating your garage, it’s up to you to determine what type of insulation material works best for your garage.

Your overall goals and expectations and what they are will help you choose the insulation that works best in your situation. If you need a conditioned space that will keep cold air out of your home or extra room, a material that creates an air barrier will benefit you most.

Cellulose and fiberglass insulation don’t provide the kind of air barrier you are looking for in this scenario, so a foam insulation is a better alternative.

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

What Is Cellulose Insulation
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What Is Cellulose Insulation?

When installing insulation in an attic or closed wall, the most popular choice is blow-in cellulose insulation. Other popular options include blown-in fiberglass and fiberglass batts. However, loose-fill cellulose is still the most cost-effective and practical solution.

What Is Cellulose Insulation?

Cellulose insulation is a wood and paper product used to fill empty spaces to prevent the transmission of cold and heat in a house. With a consistency similar to feathers, it is dense, clumpy and thick. It can be installed into enclosed areas and can go around obstacles such as ducts or wires. Commercial cellulose insulation is derived from materials like cardboard, recycled newspapers, office paper, and other common waste paper products. Therefore cellulose insulation is a very eco-friendly product.

How Cellulose Insulation Is Blown Into The Home

Homeowners most often use loose-fill cellulose insulation. It differs from other kinds of cellulose insulation that is designed to be blown onto open walls in a similar way to spray foam. With loose-fill cellulose insulation, moisture gets introduced into the spray assists in sticking cellulose to the wall. But with loose-fill insulation, the cellulose is dry. When filling finished walls, holes are drilled into the drywall or plaster permitting access of the blower nozzle. In attics, it is blown in alongside the joists. it can also be utilized to fill in existing cavities in the joists that have no insulation or added as a layer on top of fiberglass insulation or batts.

Cellulose Insulation Pro’s

  • Cellulose insulation stands up well to vermin and insects
  • With finished walls, loose-fill cellulose insulation is one of the very few ways you can successfully add insulation
  • Loose-fill cellulose insulation settles to conform around obstructions in attics and walls.

Cellulose Insulation Cons

  • Over time once the insulation has settled, it can form pockets where there is no insulation.
  • Cellulose soaks up moisture when placed in enclosed areas and takes a great deal of time to dry out.

Is Cellulose Considered Green?

To a certain extent…Up to 85 percent is made from recyclable materials. But the remaining 15 percent is less than ideally green as it contains chemicals such as borate to treat the insulation. As a rule of thumb, it would be fair to say it cellulose loose-foam insulation is not perhaps as green as it is sometimes made out to be.

Barrier Insulation Offers Insulation Services In Phoenix!

Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

How To Insulate Finished Walls
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How To Insulate Finished Walls

Modern homes usually come with insulation contained within the cavities of the walls as standard. But for houses built through the 1980s, this was not always the case. Older houses often have no insulation whatsoever, resulting in extremes of temperatures inside the house should you happen to reside in harsh climates with extremes of temperature. this can mean the heating or cooling system in the house is being overworked causing wear to the system and increased energy costs. With no insulation, energy seeps through uninsulated ceilings and wall cavities that are hollow.

Retrofit Wall Insulation

This is a much-discussed subject as there is no one correct answer. The only way to decide is via a cost-benefit analysis. Sometimes the cost of the addition of insulation may exceed the cost of the energy you save. Although uninsulated walls are never eco-friendly, it may be the only viable solution to remove the drywall, insulate, install the drywall and paint, once again.

Injection Foam Insulation

The main advantage of foam insulation versus fiberglass insulation is foam resists mildew and mold better than batt roll fiberglass or loose fill. Another plus is it’s strong expansion properties mean it can be forced into difficult areas. it is similar to those individual cans of foam insulation you can purchase from a hardware store but it is a lot more efficient. However, it also has the advantage of being the best choice to avoid wall damage. That said you will have to create holes for the foam to be injected in too. They will need to be filled, patched and painted to finish the job.

Remove Drywall & Install Roll Fiberglass

This is a very messy procedure but it is simple and does a very thorough job at an inexpensive cost. The gypsum has to be hacked away, removing the drywall nails and screws, installing R-13 or greater fiberglass roll insulation and then performing a re-installation of the drywall. However, the benefit is you can be assured your walls are fully insulated.

Loose-Fill Blown-In Insulation

Cellulose insulation (blown in cellulose in this case) is actually a paper product with boric acid added foe dire resistance. It is injected into the cavities of walls in a series of holes drilled either inside or outside the walls. Many companies ff this kind of insulation but the drawback are it can settle and get caught up on obstructions in the inner-wall like boxes, plaster keys, and wires.

Blow-In-Blanket Wall Insulation

This a new patented construction process utilizing blower injected pellets made from fiberglass that can be used for either closed or open walls. On open walls, a sheath of fabric is attached to studs, forming a kind of cage that contains blown in fiberglass pellets. The pellets then form in a tight and dense manner, creating a highly effective seamless blanket that is ideal at stopping air infiltration. This is a professional process and at the moment is only offered by one manufacturer and sold by approved outlets.

Barrier Insulation Offers Insulation Services In Phoenix!

Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Keeping a Room Cool That Faces The Sun
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How To Keep a Room Cool That Faces the Sun?

If you are searching for information on how to keep a room cool that faces the sun, keep reading to learn the steps to get it done. It is great for you and your wallet if you can keep one room in your house cooler than the rest in the searing heat of summer. But inevitably you will have to spend some time in a room that faces the sun. The best option is a radiant barrier.

Barrier Insulation offers the finest quality radiant barriers that keep 97% of the radiant heat from the sun from entering the building or home. It reduces the amount of energy needed by the air conditioner to keep the house cool and can save you in excess of 15% on your energy bills. Contact us today to learn how you can enjoy a cooler house with a radiant barrier from Barrier Insulation.

Here are some further steps you can take to help keep that room facing the sun as cool as possible:

  1. Buy some heat-reflecting film and apply it to the windows where the sun shines in. It is not very expensive and has the advantage of reducing sun glare as well. However, you do not want to apply it to windows where you want to receive sunlight from in wintertime.
  2. When you pick drapes and hang them, choose drapes wit ha white side facing out towards the window. This will cause the heat to be reflected back. Keep the drapes closed during the hottest parts of the day.
  3. Plant or build as many shady areas outside the part of the house facing the direct light of the sun. Try to get large shrubs or tall trees to grow. Alternately, maybe a pergola or trellis planted with vine-like plants will enhance the level of shade you receive.
  4. Encourage air flow throughout the house by opening doors and windows. Obviously, when it is hot, make sure they remain shut!
  5. Schedule your activities involving humidity like cooking, using the dryer and showering later in the day. It will remain cooler that way!
  6. Portable fans can be used to assist in air circulation and the installation of ceiling fans really contributes to air flow.
  7. You can reduce heat in the room by switching off any heat-producing appliances including lights.
  8. Reflect the heat by painting your roof white to keep all of your rooms cooler.

Barrier Insulation Offers Insulation Services In Phoenix!

Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Cheap Ways To Cool A Room
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Cheap Ways To Cool A Room

It’s summertime and the temperatures just keep getting warmer. So if you need some cost-effective ways to keep a room in your house as cool as possible, this post should help!

In the long run, there are some changes you can make to your home of a more permanent nature. For example, insulated window films, planting trees and installing awnings can help to shield your home from the sun. But the best option is a radiant barrier. Barrier Insulation offers the finest quality radiant barriers that keep 97% of the radiant heat from the sun from entering the building or home. It reduces the amount of energy needed by the air conditioner to keep the house cool and can save you in excess of 15% on your energy bills. Contact us today to learn how you can enjoy a cooler house with a radiant barrier from Barrier Insulation.

  • Find out what side of your house is upwind from the prevailing breeze and what side is downwind. On the downwind aspect of your house open the top section of windows. On the aspect of the house that is upwind, open the bottom section of windows.
  • Consider wetting a sheet and hanging it over an open window in the way you would hang a curtain to produce a cool breeze and maybe add a box fan positioned so it faces out of another window to push our hot air.
  • To keep your bed nice and cool, if you lightly moisten your sheets and put them in a freezer before bedtime it will help you to cool off immensely.
  • Using your stove in summer time will make the whole house hotter, so why not use your grill and cook outdoors more often in the summer months?
  • To stay cool apply cold cloths to areas where you have a strong pulse. For example, your wrists and your neck and combine that with drinking ice-cold beverages and you can cool from the inside!
  • Use cotton sheets on your bed, they stay cool and breath easily. Think about making an investment in a buckwheat pillow. As their husks have air between them, they do not retain your body heat even when occupying the same pillow case.
  • Keeping your blinds permanently closes is said to lower indoor temperatures by around 20 degrees and reduce energy bills from 6 to 8 percent!
  • Ceiling fans need to be reset on a seasonal basis for maximum efficiency. In the summer you want them to turn in a counter-clockwise direction. This creates a wind-chill breeze helping to keep you cool.
  • Keep your bathroom fans turned on It pulls out the hot air following a shower from your apartment or home.
  • Incandescent lights probably waste more energy for their size because they give off so much heat than any other appliance in your home on a pound for pound basis. Replace them with compact fluorescent lamps and they will also save your money on your energy bill as well as helping to keep your home cooler.
  • Take a large fan and position a mixing bowl full of ice at an angle, the air will take off the top of the ice creating a nice cool mist!
  • Blackout curtains are fantastic at blocking out sunlight, if they are nacked with white plastic it is said they can reduce the gain of heat by up to one third.
  • You learned in science class that heat rises so think about sleeping in the basement or on the couch downstairs or moving your mattress to the floor as there may be a cooler airflow there.
  • During summer nights the temperature usually drops in most areas of the US. By slightly opening the windows before bedtime you can get some cooler air circulating. You may even be able to create a wind tunnel of sorts by using fans to create an ideal cross breeze effect.

Schedule Your Insulation Services Today!

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Labor Cost To Install Batt Insulation
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Labor Cost To Install Batt Insulation

The average cost of labor to install batt insulation is $1,639. Average costs of labor to install batt insulation range from $780 to $3,500 for the US in 2019.

Blanket insulation comes in two forms, rolls and batts and is made of flexible fibers, commonly referred too as fiberglass. Fiberglass is used in both batt and roll insulations. As the name would imply, tiny pieces of glass fiber are what the material is constructed from. Low-density insulation exists but high and medium quality density insulation options provide higher R-values. Fiberglass insulation also works great for areas when there is little space for insulation, for example, cathedral style ceilings.

Plastic, wool and organic fibers such as cotton are also made for blanket insulation. Homeowners purchase roll and batt insulation without or with facing and helps with air and moisture defense. Fire resistant features are also available with some types of batt insulation. R-3 to R-4 per inch is the most common R-value for batt and roll insulation.

Cost To Install Batt And Roll Insulation

The cost to install this insulation type varies. the number of ancillary supplies and labor as well as the location of the home. The standard insulation project will need about 535 square feet of insulation, averaging in cost between $145 to $200. Along with other supplies like cutters, fasteners and tapes, the labor costs average for a complete installation from $170 to $420.

Differences Between Batt And Roll Insulation

There are many different types of batt and rolled insulation for residential purposes. roll insulation is, of course, available in rolls and batts come in pre-cut sections:

  • Rolled insulations is available in lengths ranging from 20 to 40 feet and are made to fit in between studs and joists. This option is better suited to insulate areas such as flooring, attics and spaces with long spans.
  • Batt insulation is best for fitting right into spaces. It is a popular option for floors, walls, attics, ceilings, trusses, and rafters within attics.
  • Batt insulation can also be covered with aluminum or paper exterior layers that act as an air, dual or vapor barrier. There are also optional flame-retardant coverings for exposed insulation.
  • Batt insulation can be used on any wall that has been unfinished. Floors, ceilings, and foundation can also benefit from batt insulation.
  • Because of its low price, homeowners are capable of installing insulation themselves or they can hire contractors to install beams, joists, and studs during a home renovation or reconstruction.

Barrier Insulation Offer Batt And Roll Insulation in Phoenix

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are considering bat and roll insulation, Barrier Insulation can help! Barrier Insulation offers spray foam insulation installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

As the leading bat and roll insulation installer, our team is dedicated to providing the best insulation installation, complete customer satisfaction, and meticulous application of your insulation.  To get your cost to install spray foam insulation at your home or business please visit our contact page, or give us a call at 602-499-2922.

Spray Foam Insulation Costs
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How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost?

The average cost for spray foam insulation is $2,000 dollars based on a 1000 sq ft home. *These are not our actual costs. Contact Barrier Insulation to get an actual quote today. The cost for spray foam insulation installation is lower for smaller areas and higher for larger homes.  If you’re thinking about saving money by installing insulation, spray foam is one of the most popular and effective options.

Cost Of Spray Foam Insulation

The cost of spray foam insulation installation will also vary depending on if you’re planning to do your whole home, or just certain areas like the attic, exterior walls, or crawl space.  According to improvenet.com the average installation cost for spray foam insulation in the United States is $2,000. *These are not our actual costs. Contact Barrier Insulation to get an actual quote today. This cost includes many new build homes that don’t require insulation removal or any demolition to install new insulation.  For older homes that want to remove old insulation and install new spray foam insulation in the whole home, attic, walls, or crawl space the costs are higher.

Spray Foam Insulation Areas

There are various areas of your home or business that can benefit from the addition of spray foam insulation.  Spray foam insulation has the superior insulating properties like other insulators, But goes further to seal up air leaks.  This keeps your home more comfortable without  having to run the AC or heat all night and day.  The less you need your HVAC the more your save!

Attic Insulation

The attic is one of the primary areas that need to be insulated to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.  As heat hits your roofing it heats up and transfers the heat into your attic.  Spray foam insulation installed in your attic will slow the heat transfer, keep your attic cooler, and reduce strain on AC ducts running through the area.

Exterior Wall Insulation

The walls of your home whether it’s brand new or years old play a big role in your home’s comfort.  The sun heats them along with gaps and cracks allowing air to move through them to and from the outdoors.  Having spray foam added will make rooms more comfortable and help save you money!

Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are the hollow areas under some homes in the valley.  They exist to allow technicians like plumbers access under the home to do their work.  Installing spray foam in the crawl space will help keep floors more comfortable and seal up gaps and cracks that cause drafts in your home.

Whole Home

Homeowners wanting to get the maximum effect and savings from installing insulation choose to get their whole home insulated.  Spray foam is the premium and most effective insulation type for nearly all areas of your home.  It is best to be installed in new build or during remodeling that involves the tearing down of sheetrock and removal of old insulation.

Spray Foam Insulation Cost Factors

Every home and business is a different size, layout, age, and quality of construction.  This variety of conditions makes it impossible to give a “one-size-fits-all” cost for spray foam insulation.  Homes that are smaller cost less than bigger homes and projects that only have the attic insulated cost less than whole home spray foam insulation.

Area Being Insulated

The bigger the area being insulted, the more spray foam will be used, and the longer it will take a crew to properly install.  This has a direct correlation to the cost of the spray foam insulation installation project.

Type Of Spray Foam

There are two main types of spray foam insulation, open and closed cell.  Closed cell spray foam does have a higher insulation value, but also costs more.  Most homeowners choose to use open cell spray foam insulation.

Thickness Of Spray Foam Layer

The thicker the layer needed for your insulation project the more spray foam mixture will be needed.  The water blown product is mixed at the spray tip and comes from our truck.  The thicker the layer the most it will cost.

Brand Of Spray Foam

There are various brands of spray foam insulation.  Barrier Insulation proudly carries the top quality spray foam insulation brands.  We install the durable and long lasting Icynene spray foam insulation for our customers.

Material Being Sprayed Onto

Various types of material are either easier or harder to install spray foam insulation onto.  If spray foam is to be sprayed directly onto brick, vinyl, wood, or aluminum the prep and application may take more time which affects cost.

Receive A Free Spray Foam Insulation Quote In Phoenix

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are considering spray foam insulation, Barrier Insulation can help! Barrier Insulation offers spray foam insulation installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

As the leading spray foam insulation installer our team is dedicated to providing the best insulation installation, complete customer satisfaction, and meticulous application of your insulation.  To get your cost to install spray foam insulation at your home or business please visit our contact page, or give us a call at 602-499-2922.

Attic Insulation Phoenix
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Attic Insulation

If you’re searching “Attic Insulation” in Phoenix, we can help. Barrier Insulation offers the best attic insulation in Phoenix! Our team knows how to insulate attics the right way for your home. We install the best insulation for Arizona and proudly serve every city in the Phoenix Valley including: Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more.

Call Barrier Insulation

Barrier Insulation offers the best attic insulation service in the Phoenix Valley. We offer all the different types of attic insulation to fit every demand and every budget.  Insulating the attic is one of the most important areas of the home to insulate to reduce dependency on air conditioning and heating.  Read more about the types of attic insulation we offer.

Blown-In Attic Insulation

Blown In Attic InsulationOne of the better choices is blown in attic insulation. It is installed by techs that have a large hose and shoot the insulation into the attic. They have training to create an even, uniformly deep layer of insulation. This is done by using a large air driven machine that churns up the material into chunks and then blows them up the hose and into the attic.

For blown material you have two main choices. There is cellulose and fiberglass blown in material. Both have advantages and disadvantages. With similar R values they both insulate well and are approximately 3 -4 R per inch. Fiberglass insulation is produced primarily from old glass or sand. Cellulose blown in insulation is made from recycled newspapers.

Depending on your application blown in insulation might be your only insulator in your attic, or you might use it in conjunction with other insulators to get the best energy efficiency. Blown in attic insulation sits on the floor of your attic as an even layer and helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Batt Attic Insulation

Rolled Batt Attic InsulationBatt attic insulation is pretty straight forward to install as it is rolls of material typically lined with a paper backing. They are made from interweaving fibers that are long and have adhesive qualities. This means they stick to each other and stick together as a grouping. Batt insulation is made from two source materials, cotton and fiberglass. Cotton batts are made from recycled denim jeans. Fiberglass batts are typically made from sand or recycled glass that is processed into the insulating strands and fibers.

To install the batts they must be cut to fit each and every space they will be installed in. Even with the best of intentions there are tricky spots around corners, pipes, wires, junction boxes and other areas that end up having gaps. This means there are areas that simply are not insulated as well as other insulation options.

Spray Foam Attic Insulation

Spray Foam Attic InsulationOne of the most energy efficient types of attic insulation is spray foam. It comes in two types that have pros and cons. There is open and closed cell spray insulation. A larger percentage of homes were built with the HVAC and duct system in the attic of the home. This means that if your insulation is sitting on the floor of your attic, your system is having to work harder. Moving the “envelope”, or area of your home that is climate controlled, to the roofline can greatly increase your energy efficiency. Spray foam allows this envelop to be at the roofline, and helps fill in all the areas that batt insulation can struggle with.

Highly trained and skilled insulation technicians can spray the foam so there are no gaps or voids in the layer of insulation covering the attic ceiling. This means that the ducts carrying your hot and cold air to heat and cool your home are working in a more moderate climate. That translates into less energy being used to keep your home comfortable all year long.

Radiant Barrier Attic Insulation

Radiant barrier insulation provides an additional layer of protection to keep your attic and home more comfortable, and use less air conditioning and heating.  This type of insulation has the same goal of preventing heat from entering homes as traditional insulation but achieves the goal in a different way.  Instead of using thick layers of foam, loose insulation, or fiberglass batts it reflects the energy and heat with highly reflective surfaces.

It can be installed as a foil backed insulation board or it can be installed by spraying a highly reflective product onto the bottom of the roof decking in the attic.  Barrier insulation installs R-Max radiant barrier and HeatBloc Ultra spray radiant barrier.

The Best Attic Insulation

Clearly the best attic insulation really depends on your home and your needs. If you don’t have any ducts or HVAC system in your attic and you don’t plan to finish or use the attic space, you might consider one of the less costly insulation types. However if you have ducts in your attic and want to keep your home as energy efficient as possible using spray foam might be a more costly, but better long term investment. Having local attic insulation experts come to your home and help you develop an effective and budget friendly insulation plan for your home is the only way to get the best attic insulation for you individual needs.

How Much Does Attic Insulation Cost in Phoenix?

The average attic insulation installation cost in Phoenix is $915 according to HomeAdvisor. Depending on the price of the materials used for insulation costs range between $665-$1,165 in 2019.

Read more about attic insulation costs.

Barrier Insulation Offers Free Attic Insulation Quotes in Phoenix

Call Barrier Insulation

Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Non Fiberglass Insulation Types
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Non Fiberglass Insulation Types

If you are searching for types of Non Fiberglass Insulation, this article should help! We put together a list of all the different types of insulation that doesn’t contain Fiberglass. Fiberglass insulation has been used for many years and is very common in Arizona homes. With advances in material sciences and understanding of how some elements affect our health many homeowners are looking for non fiberglass insulation types.

There are several different types of non fiberglass insulation including:

Spray Foam Insulation

spray-foam-insulation-phoenix-azSpray foam insulation is one of the most popular choices in house insulation in today’s market. This is because it not only insulates the house, but it creates a seal. Even the best contractors cannot create an air tight seal with joints. With this expanding foam insulator these gaps can be sealed up and your home can be dramatically more energy efficient.

Loose & Blown In Insulation

blown-in-insulation-phoenix-azCellulose and mineral wool are two types of loose/blown in insulation types. There is a fiberglass option in this type of insulation so home owners wanting to stay away from fiberglass insulation will want to be very specific about what type they want their contractor to put in their home.

 

Reflective & Radiant Barrier Insulation

radiant-barrier-insulation-phoenix-azIn areas like Arizona radiant barrier insulations are especially effective. Many homes have their cooling ducts running through the ceilings and attic areas. In these cases keeping the attic cooler is absolutely critical in having an energy efficient home. Radiant barriers alone can reduce energy costs as much as 5-10%. Using a radiant barrier in combination with another insulation type is a great way to maximize the homes thermal efficiency and reduce energy costs year long.

Cotton Insulation

Cotton Batt Non Fiberglass InsulationCotton insulation is commonly made out of old jeans. You know those 90’s jeans you never wear anymore? There is a company called Bonded Logic that can take those unwanted jeans and turn them into denim insulation. Denim insulation is actually becoming very popular, being sold by stores, and comes in a variety of thicknesses.

Cullulose Insulation

Cellulose Non Fiberglass InsulationCellulose Insulation is comprised of nontoxic and recycled treated cardboard or newspaper, provides excellent insulation for your business or home, and costs less to install than cotton. When cellulose came out, it wasn’t that popular with homeowners because they feared that the cellulose would invite mold and critters into their home. Although, with advances in nontoxic chemicals, this type of insulation is better protected and is now flame resistant.

Wool Insulation

Wood Non Fiberglass InsulationWool insulation is mostly made out of sheep fibers. Many homeowners and business owners turn to sheep wool to keep their businesses and homes insulation. Sheep inhabit some of the most coolest climates in the world. The fibers are tightly packed to trap air and make tiny air pockets, so the insulation has the capability of releasing moisture. Also, this type of insulation is very resistant to fire to make it a safe choice to install in your home.

Soy-Based Insulation

Soy Based Non Fiberglass InsulationSome people choose not to install the 3 insulation types above because they don’t fill in the tiny cracks like spray foam insulation does. Although, there is a new product that hit the market about 10 years ago called soy-based insulation. Soy-based is very similar to spray foam insulation where it fills in cracks and is sprayed on , only it uses renewable and biodegradable resources to do it.

All of these non-fiberglass insulation types may cost a little bit more than fiberglass insulation, but the savings on your cooling and heating bills make them a more affordable option to consider.

Potential Fiberglass Insulation Dangers

In recent years OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has required a label indicating that fiberglass insulation has the potential to be carcinogenic. In addition warning labels indicate that fiberglass can cause eye, lung and skin irritation.

Fiberglass insulation comes in two main types, rolled and loose fill. That means you will find it in rolled bats in bags, or it will be loose material that is typically a layer of material insulating the floor of your attic. When this material is disturbed by working in the attic the fibers fill the air and can irritate lungs, eyes, and skin. Long sleeve shirts, goggles, and respirators are mandatory when handling fiberglass as there is a potential developing cancer from breathing the fibrous material.

Why You Should Remove Fiberglass Insulation

In addition most of the fiberglass insulation available is coated with a resin to help prevent excessive fibers from getting loose into the air. When this resin experiences heat however it can pose a health risk. The health risk is the resin outgases a varied quantity of formaldehyde. Most experts today believe that the level is high enough to warrant insulation removal and replacement. The tighter the ducts are and the higher quality of construction will help alleviate some of these concerns. However over time when houses settle gaps naturally exist and there is a potential for exposure.

For these reasons many homeowners in Phoenix are looking for non fiberglass insulation types. Below we will examine many of the great alternatives to fiberglass that are safer for your home and family.

Insulation Removal & Installation Services In Phoenix, Arizona

If you live in or do business in Phoenix, Arizona and could benefit from our insulation removal or insulation installation services, please give Barrier Insulation a call today at 602-499-2922 to speak with a representative.


Fiberglass Insulation Removal Services

Barrier Insulation proudly serves the Phoenix valley and can help you safely remove fiberglass insulation from your home to keep you safe.

Non Fiberglass Insulation Installation

We can help you affordably install non fiberglass insulation that will keep your home energy efficient and healthy for the whole family.

Best Insulation For Exterior Walls
Written by Barrier Insulation

Best Insulation For Exterior Walls

The best insulation for exterior walls is spray foam insulation if it is new build and retrofitting with loose fill insulation for existing homes. Paying for cooling your home in Phoenix during summer is expensive! It’s possible to cut down on those electricity bills with quality insulation. We will show you the best insulation for your exterior walls in this post.

There are 3 main types of insulation commonly installed in walls.  The type that works best for your home depends on if the walls are still open during construction or a remodel, or if you’re improving the insulation of an older home. See below for more information about the exterior wall insulation options.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is sprayed on wet and it expands rapidly into gaps, cracks, and solidifies as a hard, thick foam.  This insulation type can be used to insulate the walls of new build and existing homes.  One of the best features of spray foam insulation is how well it conforms automatically to all of the odd shaped cavities and air leaks.  The R-value of spray foam depends on the chemical makeup as there are two variants, closed and open cell spray foam insulation.  Spray foam insulation does require a slightly greater investment, but it does offer superior performance.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation

For most people when they imagine insulation they think of those pink rolls of fiberglass batts.  It has been a staple for much of the country as it is effective and affordable.  As a favorite of both contractors and homebuilders fiberglass batts are designed to fit between common stud spacing.  This option is susceptible to air permeability unless it has a facing which acts as a vapor barrier.

Loose-Fill Insulation

Loose-fill insulation comes in various compositions from rock wool and fiberglass to the incredibly popular cellulose insulation.  For existing walls cellulose loose fill insulation is an excellent option as it requires less demolition to install.  In fact the only demolition required is to drill small homes in the outside of the exterior walls and install the insulation via a tube which blows the cellulose into the walls.  Much of cellulose insulation is comprised of recycled newspaper which is treated with fire retardant products to make it safe for homes.

How To Insulate Exterior Walls

There are three popular ways to insulate exterior walls.  The first and highest performance is spray foam insulation.  The second and widely used is fiberglass batt insulation.  The third is loose fill blown in insulation.  The first two types of insulation can be installed in exterior walls when the property is first built or during renovations.

Loose fill insulation can be installed in exterior walls by a process called “retrofitting”.  Retrofitting is an insulation installation process where small holes are cut into the sheetrock of your property and insulation is blown into the wall cavities to improve your building or home’s energy efficiency.

Spray Foam Exterior Wall Installation

Spray foam is an excellent option for exterior wall insulation.  Used widely in basements, attics, crawl spaces and exterior walls it not only provides insulation but seals air leaks in your property.

Step 1. Understand Scope Of Installation

For jobs bigger than sealing around dryer vents, windows, or other common gaps or cracks its typically more cost effective to hire professional insulation contractors.  Professional spray foam installers will have years of experience, safety gear, high pressure spray foam applicators, and the right spray rigs to do large areas efficiently

Step 2. Installation Safety Gear

Spray foam insulation installation produces fumes that are harmful if inhaled.  During installation it’s important for installers to use respirators.  Once the insulation has cured it is no longer has an impact on indoor air quality.

Step 3. Use The Right Equipment

A big part of making sure spray foam lives up to it’s design specifications is installing it correctly.  While some homeowners will get low-pressure sprayers the risk of spending the money to do it wrong isn’t worth the risk.  We use high pressure applicators with years of experience to get the job done right, the first time.

Step 4. Choose The Type Of Spray Foam

There are two types of spray foam insulation, open and closed cell.  While closed cell spray foam does have a higher insulation performance value it is more costly to install.  For this reason, many homeowners choose open cell spray foam as it is fast to install and more affordable.

Step 5. Clean & Clear Debris

Before spray foam can be installed extra nails, dirt, and debris must be removed from inside walls.  If it’s left it will affect the quality of the installation.  It’s also a good practice to identify areas where it’s especially drafty to ensure they get sprayed correctly to seal air leaks.

Step 6. Install Spray Foam Insulation

This is the most important and sometimes challenging step.  The spray must be applied evenly and around the edges of each void before laying a nice layer in the center.  This helps seal the air leaks in your exterior walls.  It should be done at the right temperature, which is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fiberglass Batt Exterior Wall Installation

Fiberglass batt insulation is another very popular exterior wall insulation.  The sections are sold in rolls and are the sold in standard widths that fit between your exterior wall studs.  With most having a paper backing vapor barrier they are installed with heavy duty staple guns.

Step 1. Calculate How Much Is Needed

The first step is to calculate how much fiberglass batt insulation you’ll need.  This is done by measuring the total area of your exterior wall or walls.  Tally up the number of voids you need to insulate on your exterior walls and buy a little more than needed for odd areas and mistakes.

Step 2. Buy The Right Type Of Fiberglass Batt

Fiberglass batts are sold with different grades and thicknesses for various applications in your home or business.  Some are designed to be installed in exterior walls while others are meant for basement or attic walls.  Ensure you are choosing the right types for each of the exterior walls you need to insulate.

In addition to standard fiberglass batt you have the option of choosing types of non-fiberglass batt insulation.  Some consumers are choosing batts made from cotton, mineral wool, sheeps wool and other natural materials which guard indoor air quality.

Step 3. Collect Tools Of The Trade

Whoever is installing the batt insulation must wear protective gear and have a staple gun and utility knife. Protective gear should include a face mask, gloves, goggles, and clothing that covers the arms and legs.

Step 4. Cut Batts To Fit

Measure the height of each exterior wall void and cut the batts to fit each of these spaces.  The width should have been factory made for your walls but the length is variable as some homes have vaulted ceilings.

Step 5. Set In Place & Staple

The next step is to simply put the batts into the wall cavities and staple them into place.  This is done by unfolding the side of the paper backing on your batts and stapling it to the wall stud or attic joist.  Ensure you have a staple at least every 6 inches to securely hold the insulation.

Retrofit Exterior Wall Insulation

Retrofitting insulation into exterior walls is a hugely popular option for older homes.  Whether there just isn’t insulation or the insulation has settled and isn’t effective, retrofitting will help.  This type of exterior wall insulation is best done by professionals with the right tools and training.  It is done by cutting holes into the walls and using blowing machines to pump the walls full of loose fill insulation.  Cellulose is a popular type of loose fill among other good options.

Insulation for Exterior Walls in Phoenix

There are few places in the world that can boast the summer time temperatures that Phoenix has.  As we continue to set record highs each summer it is increasingly important to have quality insulation in your home, attic, and exterior walls.  Keeping your home cooler with insulation is more than a question of staying comfortable, it is about staying healthy and keeping utility bills reasonable.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is the premier provider of quality insulation in Phoenix. You can trust your insulation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace. For all of your insulation needs call us today at 602-499-2922.

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