If you live in a cold area and want to enjoy an adequately heated home for a reasonable cost next winter, it is important to consider how your house is insulated. While many people are familiar with using fiberglass insulation in their floors and ceilings, it is often surprising to learn that continuous insulation is frequently an ideal way to add extra protection to the outside of your home. When you need to have a better understanding of continuous insulation, which may also be known as rigid foam insulation, the following information will be quite useful.
#1- It Boosts The R-value Of The Area
It is a good idea to remember that the R-value of your home refers to the level of thermal resistance that a specific material can boast. As such, you will usually want the R-value of your doors, walls, and ceilings to be high. The R-value of continuous insulation will often be between R-5 and R-8, while the loose-fill cellulose used to insulate some walls and ceilings may have an R-value as low as 3.2.
Since continuous insulation is applied over the frames for your doors or walls, you will be better able to insulate the exterior of your home. As a result, your R-value is likely to be higher, and there will be a lower amount of wasted heat and energy.
#2-It Is A Firm And Unbending Material That Can Still Be Cut To Specific Dimensions
It can be incredibly frustrating to attempt to apply other types of insulation, like batting or spray foam, into a specific area due to the variables associated with application. In comparison, you will find that simply by measuring the available space that will be insulated and installing the appropriate amount of insulation, you can save time by using continuous insulation.
Alternatively, you can use continuous insulation to fill up most of an area and then fill in corners or small areas with spray foam.
#3-Continuous Insulation Reduces The Possibility Of Water Damage
When insulation is applied to the exterior of a building or door, it will usually provide extra protection from rain and other precipitation. Since water is less likely to appear or linger, the interior of the area will be more protected against moisture. Thus, mold damage and rot will be less of a concern.
Since mold damage can make you and your family sick, while inflicting immense and invisible damage to your home, and it is not unusual for homeowner's insurance to refuse payment for its remediation, it only makes sense that preventing mold is crucial.
In conclusion, continuous insulation is a versatile way to add extra protection from the cold for the outside of your home. By having a clear understanding of the benefits associated with this type of insulation, you can be sure of the choices you make when insulating your home.