What’s The Best Type of Insulation for a Florida Home?

What’s The Best Type of Insulation for a Florida Home?There are basically three types of insulation that builders can use to make your home as energy-efficient as possible: batts, spray, and blown-in fiberglass insulation.

We recommend blown-in foam roof insulation. It’s what we use for most Florida homes. It comes with a variety of advantages that makes it perfect for our climate.

Blown-In Insulation Covers Every Nook and Cranny

This is one of the biggest advantages.

When you lay down fiberglass or cotton batts you get places where hot air continues to slip into your home from your attic. We want to get every last spot filled as nicely as possible to avoid this. Thus, your insulation will tend to perform up to 22% better.

You can cover these areas with spray-foam insulation as well, but spray foam tends to represent “overkill.” It’s far more expensive than blown-in insulation. Here in our hotter climate it doesn’t really deliver benefits large enough to offset those costs. In addition, in our wet, moist climate there’s a chance that spray foam insulation could rot your roof.

Blown-In Fiberglass is Eco-Friendly

It’s actually made of recycled materials, which means you’re helping the environment in two different ways. First, you’re lowering the amount of energy you use to heat or cool your home. Second, you’re giving new life to glass that would have otherwise have ended up in a landfill. It’s hard to imagine that big, pink, fluffy stuff was once a glass Coke bottle or a piece of window, but it’s true!

The Labor Price is Right Too

You won’t just pay more for materials when you go with other types of insulation. You’ll pay more for labor because the other two types take longer to install.

Meanwhile, we can get blown-in insulation into your home in a matter of hours. Since labor costs are typically assessed by the hour this is great news for you. It means you can have a well-insulated home without all of the fuss.

It’s Flame-Retardant

While no insulation can prevent home fires and all insulations will set fire eventually, blown-in fiberglass insulation does at least help to slow the spread of fire through your home. Air will have more trouble circulating in homes with this sort of insulation, which means that fires will take longer to spread. This insulation is also slow to catch.

If you’ve ever tried to set up a campfire then, you know that airflow and the rate at which a material is either fast or slow to catch does matter. If you ever do have a fire this insulation could help you buy some time until the fire department arrives, which may mean you suffer less damage at the end of the crisis.

How’s Your Insulation Doing?

If you’re spending a fortune to keep your home cool in the summer, call us. With its high R-value and its ability to settle in to every open space, blown-in fiberglass insulation has what it takes to slash your energy bills. Call us for a free estimate today.

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