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The ABCs of Insulation

insulation differences explainedAt Henges Insulation, we offer many different kinds of home insulation. It may be a bit confusing for homeowners to decide which kind is best for their home. So we wanted to break it down for you and explain the differences between each type of home insulation. Here we go:

Cellulose Insulation – Cellulose insulation is plant based. It is usually made from recycled paper that has been treated to be fire resistant. Is it sometimes favored over fiberglass insulation because it is environmentally friendly. Cellulose insulation is treated with fire retardants to meet all federal, state, and local fire safety requirements.

Fiberglass – Fiberglass insulation is a man-made mineral fiber con¬structed from a variety of materials, such as sand and recycled glass. It is the most popular type of insulation used in the U.S.

Batt (Roll or Rolled) Insulation – Batt insulation is simply fiberglass insulation that is attached to craft paper on one side. This facilitates the installation process by making it easier to handle. It is typically rolled which is why some refer to it as roll or rolled insulation.

BIBS (Blow in Blanket) Insulation – BIBS® is a patented insulation system that blows fiberglass insulation into walls, floors, attics and ceilings. The BIBS® system is very effective because the insulation is free of voids and does not deteriorate over time. It is guaranteed against settling. Contractors must undergo intense training and be licensed to install the BIBS® insulation system. At Henges, we will install your blow in blanket insulation according to the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure that you get the most money for your insulation dollar.

Spray Foam Insulation – Spray foam is made from polyurethane – a closed-cell foam that contains low-conductivity gas in its cells. It is excellent at temperature control and also reduces noise. Spray foam insulation comes in two different types:
Open Cell-With open cell, the tiny cells are not completely closed. It is a very good air barrier but does not provide any type of water vapor barrier. Open cell is less expensive than closed cell. It is usually used for interior walls because it provides sound reduction as well. It is not recommended for outdoor applications.
Closed Cell-Closed cell spray foam insulation is much denser. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. It is a very good air barrier as well as a water vapor barrier. It can be used anywhere in the home

Hire the Insulation Professionals in Kansas City
We hope that helps clarify some questions you may have had about insulation. We will be happy to talk to you further to help you decide which type of insulation is best for your Kansas City home. The important thing to remember is that the effectiveness of insulation depends more on the quality of installation than the material used. Tests show that a mere four percent gap from poorly installed insulation can cut your insulation’s performance in half! At Henges Insulation, we understand this. Our technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation. Call us for professional insulation for your Kansas City home – 913-764-4600.

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