Most of our Albany Insulation Pros customers use one or more of the following types of insulation:
- Spray Foam – This liquid/solid is great for small and irregular spaces.
- Blown – Small bits of material are blown behind walls and into tight spaces
- Cellulose – has both low thermal conductivity and noise-reducing properties
- Fiberglass – Rolls and batts can be used to line attics and other large open areas.
Here are answers to the most common questions about the use of each type of inslaution in Albany Insulation Pros.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
The spray is both liquid and a solid. As a liquid, it’s easily sprayed anywhere you want insulation, even irregular spaces, nooks and other “weird” areas. Once applied, the liquid solidifies into plastic, slightly porous foam.
This liquid/solid is great for creating an airtight barrier in small and irregular spaces.
Can I Spray Foam Myself?
Technically, yes. But spraying foam is as much of an art as a science. Considering you want the insulation to last for a long time, you’re going to get better results by hiring a professional. They’ll know just how to spray the foam to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Is Spray Foam Insulation Expensive?
It is usually more expensive than blown insulation and rolls/bats. But this is really only an up-front cost. Spray foam can insulate in a way other materials can’t. You’ll see long-term savings because spray foam is so efficient, especially in oddly-shaped areas.
Can Spray Foam Insulation be used in Existing Walls?
Absolutely. You can put pretty much any type of insulation on top of any other. We can augment your existing insulation by focusing spray foam on any leaks, curves, joists or other places where the existing insulation isn’t covering properly.
Spray foam works well in Albany crawlspaces, attics, and basements. It adds an effective layer of insulation to areas already covered by blown, fiberglass or cellulose insulation.
What is Blown Insulation?
Using a special machine, small bits of fiberglass, cellulose, treated newspaper, or other materials are literally blown into the area to be insulated. Blown insulation works well in small, tight areas such as crawlspaces and in-between walls.
How Does Blown Insulation Work?
The small materials can fit into basically any type of space. They’ll prevent air from filling these spaces, which means you have more control over the temperature in the rooms of your house. Also, insulation prevents moisture build-up.
How Much Blown Insulation Do I Need?
This depends entirely on the layout of what you need to be insulated. Be wary of buying too much. After a certain point, you’re not getting better insulation, you’re simply wasting money. We’ll make sure you only buy insulation you need.
Professional installation will also save you money because a Albany insulation specialist will know exactly how to guard your home against our weather.
What is Cellulose Insulation?
Cellulose is a plant-based material that is used as blown-in insulation. Cellulose can be blown into small, awkward areas where rolls and batts can’t reach. People use cellulose for another reason, too. This insulation material provides excellent sound insulation.
Is Cellulose Insulation Safe?
Cellulose is a plant-based product, so it is non-toxic and green. However, some people are sensitive to cellulose. This is because cellulose can contain glues, inks and other chemicals that are used in production.
Similar to fiberglass, cellulose insulation is safest when properly installed. A professional insulation contractor will know how to keep the insulation away from areas of the structure used by people.
How Does Fiberglass Insulation Work?
Fiberglass is literally glass spun into thin, thread-like fibers. These fibers are coated with resin. Fiberglass can be inserted into long rolls or bats where it’s used to insulate large areas quickly. Fiberglass can also be blown into spaces.
Is Fiberglass Insulation Safe?
Yes, as long as it’s installed correctly. Studies have linked fiberglass to cancer, but only when the fiberglass fibers are inhaled. If you have insulation in your attic or basement, there’s no reason to worry. The same goes for fiberglass insulation within walls.
The biggest risks you’ll face with fiberglass will be during installation or removal. You’ll want to avoid inhaling fibers as you manipulate the fiberglass. Also, you’ll need to install the insulation very snugly. Loose space can lead to fiberglass fibers entering the atmosphere. This is why you should really leave fiberglass insulation installation to the professionals.
How Does Fiberglass Insulation Prevent Heat Loss?
Insulation restricts air movement from floor to floor or inside to outside. If your basement is open, cold air will drift up and make the upper floors cold. At the same time, heat will collect in your attic. Your heating and cooling systems will have to work extra hard just to fight the temperature transfer.
Albany’s Insulation Experts
If you need an insulation contractor in Albany call or email us today. We offer a full selection of residential and commercial insulation services including spray foam, blown, rolls, bats and more. Plus, as locals, we understand the climate of our city. When it comes to insulation, Albany Insulation Pros has got you covered.
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’re trusted by homeowners and business professionals throughout the 12201 area. If you need help with insulation, call or email us today. We’re the best insulation pros in the 518 area.