building a new house or renovating your existing home? Are you concerned about
high energy bills, or do you want to improve your family's "green” factor? If
the answer to any of these questions is "yes,” you will want to consult with an
insulation expert to find the best ways to keep your house cool in summer, warm
in winter, and energy efficient all year round.
There are many
problem areas in the average house that cry out for attention: the attic, the
basement, crawlspaces, and the garage are examples of these. But ensuring that
walls are properly insulated is every bit as important as dealing with
Here are a few
of the wall areas where sufficient insulation should be placed:
Between the studs of
Between the studs and rafters
of exterior walls and roof
All exterior walls, including
walls between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs, or storage areas
Foundation walls above ground
Foundation walls in heated
The Best Type of Insulation
generations ago, insulation materials were rudimentary. Horsehair, sawdust,
newspapers, and sheep's wool were some of the substances used for wall insulation.
With today's highly efficient materials, it's best to consult with an
insulation installer who can help you to determine what type or types will work
best for your walls. Here are some of the insulation materials available:
Spray Foam insulation. Polyisocyanurate and polyurethane foam insulation can be
sprayed into wall cavities using special equipment that meters, mixes, and
sprays the foam.
Blankets, batts, or rolls. These are made of mineral fibres such as fibreglass, cotton, or rock wool, and
are manufactured in widths that fit standard spaces between wall studs. The material can be cut to fit.
Blown insulation. This type of insulation
can be made of fiberglass, cellulose, or rock wool in the form of fibres or
pellets. It's blown into a space with pneumatic equipment by professional
Rigid insulation. Made from fibrous
materials or plastic foams, this insulation is produced in board-like forms.
Reflective insulation. Various types of aluminum foil are used to make this special reflective surface
that reduces downward heat flow.
Polyurethane and steel
panel insulation. This very efficient material
is often used for insulating heated floors, or in basement walls.
professional can help you to choose a type based on several factors, including:
much insulation is needed
accessibility of the insulation location,
space available for the insulation
and price of insulation.
Improving your home's
energy efficiency can save as much as 50% on your heating bills. Talk to an
insulation expert today and come in from the cold!
FAQ Attic Insulation
Q. What is a morvent?
A. A mo-vent is the term given to the air chute/ baffle that is stapled to the underside of the roof line to ensure air can be drawn in from the soffit once the attic has been insulated. The mor-vent or baffle vent as some people call them are installed prior to the install of blown cellulose or fiberglass. The mor-vent requires a batt of insulation be stuffed underneath as an insulation stop. The mor-vent used in both new and retro fit insulation installations. Insta- Insulation installers are trained to install mor-vents/ baffles to ensure proper attic ventilation is maintained after the attic insulation has been blown.