As a builder or contractor, you understand the importance of insulation. There are a lot of details that go into insulating a new home or building being constructed—such as the materials used, the R-value, proper install techniques and more. The material is one of the most significant factors.
There are several different types of insulation that can be used in new construction projects. The insulation company you work with will be able to handle all these specifics and help you seamlessly finish without a hitch, but it can still be helpful to know some information as you start your project and start contacting insulation companies.
Types of Insulation for New Construction
Some of the most common new insulation types include:
- Rigid foam: Mainly used for new construction projects, rigid foam (or rigid board) is a great solution for maximizing the energy efficiency of a space right from the get-go. This type of insulation is available as a foam panel that can be cut. The sizes most often used are 2 x 8 feet and 4 x 8 feet, but the panels vary in thickness and width.
- Rockwool: Made of rocks and minerals spun into small, high temperature-resistant fibers, rockwool (or slag wool) insulation is used for a variety of applications. Typically blown in, it not only is thermally efficient but can also help provide soundproofing. Rockwool insulation’s fibrous structure offers flexibility that isn’t found in other materials and may be required for a particular project.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass insulation has been used as an insulator for decades and is one of the most commonly installed materials. It is mostly composed of natural ingredients such as sand and recycled glass products (windows, bottles, etc.). The ingredients are melted and spun to create tiny strands of fiberglass. We install both blown-in and batt insulation.
- Spray foam: Another popular insulation material, spray foam is used in a variety of new build projects. It is applied wet and expands into thick foam that fits snugly in wall cavities, crevices and gaps—therefore, it can be installed in hard-to-reach areas and around piping and wiring. Open-cell and closed-cell spray foam is available.
- Radiant barrier: Radiant barrier insulation works a bit differently than other types. Made of a reflective surface (like aluminum foil) applied to a substrate material, radiant barrier insulation is installed on the attic ceiling, under the roofline and helps homes reflect (rather than absorb) sunlight, keeping spaces cooler and more comfortable.
Tampa, FL Insulation Contractors
Installed Building Products of Tampa has worked with many builders and contractors in the Hillsborough County area to add value to new construction projects with the right insulation. Our team can help you finish your job on time and on budget.
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