Insulation Materials Explained: Which Options are Best for Your Needs

With all the insulation material options on the market today, it’s no small feat choosing the right one when you want to better insulate your home. But get it right and you’ll be satisfied with the results whether your goal is to enhance energy efficiency, comfort, noise reduction, property value or a combination thereof.

Our insulation experts have thousands of home insulation projects under their belts across Kansas City and years of real-world experience. Not to mention over 10,000 satisfied homeowners. Insulation installation projects always start off with a free energy audit and/or quote, during which we listen to what you want to achieve and explain the various insulation materials available and which options meet your needs and budget.

But Why is Insulation so Important in the First Place?

Proper insulation plays a big part in maintaining a comfortable, energy-efficient home. It keeps your set temperature in your home consistent by keeping heat in during the winter and heat out in summer. The benefits go beyond your personal comfort, including up to a 30% savings on your energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Selecting the right insulation contractor is just as important as the home insulation material itself. Even the perfect insulation choice won’t perform as it can and should if it is improperly or sloppily installed.

Types of Insulation Materials

A+ Insulation has installed just about every type of insulation material out there. Below are the most common and each has unique benefits and recommended uses.

  • Batted Insulation: Often made from fiberglass or mineral wool, batted insulation is a popular choice due to its affordability and ease of installation in spaces like attics and walls. It’s effective in reducing energy costs and is relatively easy for professional insulation installers to put in, even in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Blown in Blanket System (BIBS): This system provides a seamless, thermally efficient insulation layer, perfect for areas where traditional batts might not fit. BIBS offers excellent coverage, filling in gaps and voids that might otherwise be left uninsulated, resulting in a well-sealed environment.
  • Cellulose Insulation: Made from recycled paper products, cellulose insulation is an eco-friendly choice. It’s effective in reducing noise pollution and improving thermal efficiency, making it ideal for environmentally conscious homeowners. Its dense material also helps deter pests and provides a fire-retardant barrier.
  • Ceramic Coatings: A more innovative option, ceramic coatings reflect heat, acting as a barrier to heat transfer. A ceramic coating is great for roofs and exterior walls, offering protection against extreme temperatures and potentially reducing cooling costs during hot Kansas City summers. Some coatings also offer rust and fire protection.
  • Draped Foundation Insulation: This method involves the application of insulation materials to a home’s basement, improving thermal efficiency from the ground up. Draped foundation insulation is particularly beneficial in reducing heat loss in winter and can protect against moisture infiltration.
  • FSK Batted Insulation: Featuring a foil scrim kraft (FSK) facing, this insulation type offers a radiant barrier to heat transfer. FSK batted insulation is commonly used in commercial settings for its fire resistance and thermal properties, but it’s also an excellent choice for residential applications requiring additional vapor barrier protection, in-home music studios or home theaters.
  • Spray Foam Insulation: Offering superior air sealing and moisture resistance, spray foam expands to fill gaps and voids, creating a tight thermal bubble for your home. Spray foam insulation is ideal for both new construction and updates, adapting to any space for energy efficiency.
  • Wet Spray Cellulose: Like traditional cellulose, this method involves applying the material in a wet state, allowing for dense packing and a tight seal for thermal performance. Wet spray is highly effective in filling irregular spaces and providing a solid barrier against air leakage.
  • Wet Spray Fiber Insulation: This material has fibers mixed with an adhesive solution, sprayed into open area in walls and ceilings for a compact, high-performance insulation layer. Wet spray fiber insulation combines the benefits of traditional and modern insulation methods for a versatile solution.

How to Choose the Right Insulation for Your Home

The best insulation for your home depends on three factors: your goals for installing it, your home’s design and your budget. Some insulation materials may offer higher R-values, while others might provide better soundproofing or moisture resistance. Working with a professional insulation contractor who listens to your specific needs is the best way to choose the right insulation material for your home.

Why Choose A+ Insulation for Your Insulation Job

We stand out as a leading insulation contractor in Kansas City, offering a wide range of high-quality insulation services tailored to your goals, home and budget. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction ensures that your home is in good hands.

By understanding the options available and scheduling an in-home appointment with one of our experts, you can ensure your home is comfortable, energy-efficient and well-protected against the elements, bugs and critters.