The easiest way to be sure you’re getting the best insulation for your new construction is to plan for it well in advance. This blog from Valley Insulation details some of the factors you should consider when planning your next construction project.
Building from the Ground Up
You have a few more insulation options when you’re starting with new construction than if you are trying to insulate an existing structure. You’ll want to consider your options for wall insulation, attic insulation, and crawl space insulation.
When you’re planning to build using traditional construction processes, you’ll want to think about how much insulation will be optimal, considering your space and location. Research the Federal Trade Commission’s specifications and standards for how insulation should be installed to meet their code requirements in your area. Also, find out what R-value is recommended for your region. If you build with extra-thick walls, you’ll have more space for wall insulation, thus increasing your potential R-value.
In most climates, you will save money and energy when you build a new home or addition if you install a combination of cavity insulation and insulated sheathing. You can reduce exterior wall leaks by taping the joints of exterior sheathing and caulking and sealing exterior walls. Cellulose insulation can be installed at levels up to R-15 in a 4-inch wall and up to R-21 in a 6-inch wall.
The Importance of Vapor Barrier
When you add insulation and heat a dwelling in the winter, the difference in temperature between the outside and inside will increase dramatically, so condensation will become a problem unless you’ve added a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier is essential because it separates the warm moist air inside from the cold dry air outside and prevents condensation in the walls, which can lead to mold and rot.
You can find a contractor to blow in additional insulation into your wall or lay down batts in your attic after you’ve completed construction, but that won’t do anything to prevent moisture penetration and mold because a vapor barrier is impossible to install properly without tearing out your existing drywall. Removing the drywall is a messy process, and adding it back can be expensive. So, you’ll want to be sure to include a vapor barrier in your construction process.
Nu-Wool Wallseal Spray Insulation
This environmentally friendly cellulose insulation, made from recycled paper, is easily installed in attics, walls, and crawlspaces. Nu-wool has a high R-value, giving it superior thermal and air-infiltration properties. It is also fire retardant and treated to have mold and pest-resistant properties.
Some reports show that homeowners who use cellulose insulation can expect up to 40% savings on their heating and cooling costs compared to fiberglass insulation, but savings vary and should be considered alongside many other factors when you are choosing the right insulation for your new construction.
Fiberglass insulation is also well-suited for new construction. Blow-in insulation is usually the best applied for insulating attics and crawl spaces. Fiberglass batts can be easily cut and fitted into unfinished walls, floors, and ceilings. The batts are fitted between studs, joists, and beams.
Fiberglass insulation is made of plastic reinforced by extremely fine glass fibers that slow the spread of heat and cold by trapping pockets of air which keeps rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Consult the Experts at Valley Insulation for New Construction
Installing a few fiberglass batts may seem like an easy task, but if you’re looking to insulate an entire building from the ground up, you’d be smart to seek the help of an experienced team of insulation contractors. Choose a team of local building professionals familiar with energy-efficient home construction in your area to ensure that you insulate and protect your home in the best way possible.
The insulation experts at Valley Insulation LLC are ready to help. We have over 40 years of experience serving the communities in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Contact us today for more information.