Batt vs. Blown-In Insulation

Although it doesn’t get too cold here in the Tampa, Florida area, it’s always a good time to be thinking about improving energy efficiency and comfort in your home. One solution is insulation, but there are so many different materials. Which ones are the best?

If you’ve been doing some research, you’ve probably heard of batt and blown-in insulation. These are two types of fiberglass, a commonly installed material in homes and buildings.

The Difference Between Batt and Blown Insulation

Which one is best for your project? Professionals can help you determine that, but in general, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Batts

Batt insulation is:

  • Generally installed in unfinished walls (including foundation walls).
  • Well suited for stud and joist spacing that is free from obstructions like wiring, pipes, etc.

Blown

Also referred to as loose-fill, blown-in insulation is:

  • Generally installed in enclosed existing walls (retrofit projects) or open new wall cavities (new construction projects) and unfinished attic floors.
  • Good for adding to existing finished areas and around obstructions like wiring and pipes.
  • Blown into place using special tools.
  • Also referred to as “loose-fill” (loose-fill is a popular type of cellulose).

Learn more about batt vs. blown insulation—and get information on other types of insulation—on the Department of Energy’s website »

There is no “better” type of insulation—it all depends on where you need to insulate, how much insulation you need and more. A professional will be able to assess your space and determine the material that will work best.

Home Insulation Installation in Tampa, FL

Whether you install batt or blown-in insulation, it will help:

  • Reduce your energy bills.
  • Make your home more comfortable.
  • Improve the performance of your HVAC equipment.

We install blown and batt insulation and can insulate your attic, walls, crawl space or basement.

Contact the experts at Installed Building Products of Tampa if you’re ready to insulate your home and start improving its energy efficiency and comfort—call (813) 280-5007 or contact us online!

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