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You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about insulation, but it is one of the most important aspects of your home construction because it’s what ensures the comfort of your home. Insulation is what keeps the wind out, as well as keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winters. 

Insulation installation is usually a job that comes along with a major renovation or addition to your home. Specifically, finished attics and basements. Insulation replacement is simple, but requires the stripping down of your homes walls in order to do a proper installation. This can make it a major renovation process. For that reason alone, it’s a job best left to a capable contractor, who will be able to do the job thoroughly, like Compass Exteriors. 

You may not be aware, but a botched DIY job can have very damaging effects. Not only can it undermine the heating and cooling effect, thus defeating the purpose of installing insulation in the first place, but you may also make mistakes like inadvertently blocking duct work. Improper installation can also lead to moisture being trapped in the walls, which leads to mold and mildew. Call Compass Exteriors to avoid long-term issues. 

Exterior insulation replacement

Exterior insulation usually gets replaced during a major structural renovation or siding replacement. Upgrading your home’s exterior insulation is a great opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Our team can replace your home’s old insulation during a siding project, any project where your home’s walls are exposed, or as a stand alone project.

Attic insulation installation

Attic insulation is an important part of any home’s energy efficiency. In Minnesota, where the winters are cold and the summers are hot, having an adequately insulated attic is essential for keeping energy costs down and living comfortably all year round. Insulation reduces the heat that escapes through your roof in winter and keeps it from entering your home in summer. Our team can work with you to determine the best material for your attic insulation project.

Basement insulation service

Basement insulation is an important step in finishing a basement. Replacing old inefficient or water damaged insulation is also a common insulation instsallation project. New, efficient insulation helps regulate temperatures so your furnace or air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.

What is the best insulation material?

Foam board & rigid foam

Sturdier than banket batts, foam board, as well as rigid foam, are made of polyisocyanurate, expanded polystyrene, or extruded polystyrene. They’re usually also thicker, and multi-use for roofs, walls, attic hatches, and even foundation insulation. 

With double the R-value of all other insulation materials, they are incredibly effective and a great value for the money. They are also easy to work with, resistant to water, and durable. 

It costs a lot to install foam boards on already built walls. Everything needs to be torn down and built back up with the insulation, so unless you’re building a home from scratch, other materials are probably better. 

Insulated concrete forms

For an energy efficient home, insulated concrete forms are the way to go. They’re shaped like an “H”, with two concrete walls between layers of insulation. 

One of the best aspects of insulated concrete forms is that they can actually strengthen the walls of your home. The energy savings are up to 20% for both cooling and heating, and it also serves for noise canceling. 

This type of insulation can be vulnerable to groundwater or insects. It’s also relatively expensive, and not the most efficient type of insulation you can opt for. 

Blanket batts and rolls

One of the most common types of insulation are blanket batts and rolls. They can be made from a variety of materials, including mineral wool, natural fibers, or plastic fibers, with fiber glass insulation being the most common. 

Its flexibility makes it a popular option, with it being used for floors, attic insulation, ceilings, or even crawl spaces. It’s cheap and easy to install.

Because the blankets are pre-cut, one can run into trouble when it comes to readjusting – should compression happen, that reduces effectiveness. You may also need multiple layers in order to obtain the desired level of insulation. 

Blown-in insulation

A very popular type of insulation is loose-fill or blown-in insulation. It’s made from cellulose, mineral wool, or fiberglass.  Flexibility is important with this type, as it can be used in attics, ceilings, crawl spaces and walls, where other types of insulation would not be a good choice.

One of the major advantages of blown-in insulation is that it can be environmentally friendly when created from recycled waste. It’s not just easy to use, but also re-use, and very suitable for small spaces, like ductwork or piping, where one would struggle to work with other types of insulation.

There is an extra step to seal the area, and soffit venting is also required in some cases. A professional is best for this job, especially for cellulose loose-fill. Sealing is really important because if done improperly, it’s likely to attract mold. 

Spray foam insulation

The way spray foam insulation works is that it starts out as liquid being poured, foamed in or sprayed into place. The liquid expands as it hardens, until it fills out the space. That allows foam insulation installers to get into crevices that are hidden and difficult to reach. 

This type of insulation is excellent for small spaces and hard to reach spaces where other types of insulation will not do. It also covers more surface area because it expands, and it also makes for an effective sealant for gaps, so that you lose less heat. 

One of the issues with foam-in insulation is that it’s more expensive than other types, but for the cost, you get a more effective product. 

Compass Exteriors is your insulation expert

If you want your insulation to be properly installed, you’ll want an insulation contractor with skill and experience. Compass Exteriors can ensure that you get the best value for money and that your home is energy efficient. Whether it’s roof insulation, garage insulation, attic insulation, or wall insulation, Compass Exteriors are your local insulation contractors. 

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