Marcotte General Contracting
15900 W 101st Ave Dyer, IN 46311

Popular Types of Insulation: Pros and Cons

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Why Choose Us

 Adding insulation is a vital part of making your home fit for winter, and there are a variety of options, including:

  • Spray Foam Insulation

  • Blown-In Insulation

  • Fiberglass Batts

  • Reflective or Radiant Barrier

Whether you want something quick and easy, the best heat retention possible, or even insulation that helps keep your home cool instead of warm, you’ll find insulation to suit your purposes.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is made of liquid polyurethane. It’s sprayed into the cavity of a wall where it expands and hardens to create a solid barrier.

  • Pro: Great at sealing gaps and leaks inside existing walls, perfect for fixing a larger problem relatively inexpensively.

  • Pro: It has the highest R-value of any foam insulators, up to R6 per inch.

  • Pro: Takes up less space than fiberglass or blown-in.

  • Con: Can be costly when used extensively.

  • Con: Installation can be messed up by inexperienced hands — you’ll need a professional.

Blown-In Insulation

White cellulose made from reclaimed and recycled paper is blown into the space you want your installation to go. There are several types — the most common is borate-treated Class I loose fill.

  • Pro: Higher than average R-value, which can be adjusted depending on depth blown.

  • Pro: Cellulose is completely fireproof, moisture-resistant, and good at keeping insects at bay.

  • Pro: Relatively cheap and easy to install, even without a professional.

  • Con: Tends to lose some of its R-value over time.

Fiberglass Batts

Larger rolled batts of fiberglass fit between wall studs, filling the void to keep air from penetrating the insulation.

  • Pro: One of the most inexpensive ways to insulate.

  • Pro: Easy to install when the walls are already open, such as in an attic.

  • Pro: Very quick to install.

  • Con: A small tear or loose corner can dramatically reduce the R-value.

Reflective or Radiant Barrier

Instead of keeping heat in, reflective or radiant barriers try to keep your home as cool as possible. Heat is reflected and absorbed, so this is a favorite in hotter areas of the country.

  • Pro: Helps cut down on cooling costs and save you from sweating.

  • Pro: Extremely light and easy to install.

  • Con: Quite expensive.

Contact Us Today to Find Our More About Home Insulation Options

Based in Dyer, IN, Marcotte General Contracting provides contracting services nationwide, including home insulation. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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15900 W 101st Ave, Dyer, IN 46311
Marcotte General Contracting


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