The Different Types of Insulation and Their Uses

Property owners who are looking to lower their energy costs should definitely look into having their buildings insulated. Insulation is a great way to reduce your energy consumption because it helps maintain a pleasant temperature without relying on any heating or cooling device. With insulation, you’ll use your appliances less and receive a significant decrease in your electrical costs.

However, the challenge here is to look for the perfect insulation material or type that suits your property and budget. To help you with your search, here’s a rundown of the different kinds of insulation you can typically find as well as their advantages:

Reflective Foil and Radiant Barriers

Unlike most insulating materials that resist heat flow, reflective foil and radiant barriers reflect heat away from your property for maximum thermal performance. These are usually installed in attics – between wood-frame studs, joists, rafters and beams – and are more effective in buildings located in hot climates. It has the ability to lower up to 10% of your electrical costs. The price of reflective foil and radiant barriers is leaning towards the expensive side. However, they are great investments and make the perfect insulators for properties in hot areas.


Fiberglass insulation offers excellent thermal performance and is commonly made from recycled glass. It traps heat more effectively than other insulation materials that share the same thickness. Fiberglass insulation is a type of blown-in insulation that’s usually installed in unfinished walls, foundation walls and irregularly shaped spaces. Fiberglass is also significantly cheaper than other types of insulation.


Like fiberglass, cellulose is a blown-in type of insulation. Its primary material is made from recycled newspapers which are treated with fire-retarding chemicals for safety. Cellulose insulation is used in enclosed existing walls, unfinished attic floors and other hard-to-reach places. Cellulose is also considered a cost-effective insulator, due to the fact that it’s made from recycled materials.

Spray Foam

Spray foam is another powerful insulator that offers air tight sealing and moisture barrier qualities. The foam is either made from two types of composite materials: polyurethane and isocyanate, or natural soy. This insulating material is easier to handle because it comes in small spray containers or in large quantities. Because of its texture, spray foam works great in existing finished areas, irregularly shaped areas, and around obstructions. Spray foam is a bit costly, but that’s the price you pay for high-quality insulation.

Eco-Friendly Insulating Materials

Now if you’re the type of property owner who’s heading towards a greener future, there are several other eco-friendly insulating materials to choose from. Materials like sheep’s wool, cotton and aerogel offer exceptional R-values and can withstand rough environments. These materials are easy to work with and can be placed virtually anywhere. The prices of these eco-friendly materials usually depend on the types of material they’re made out of and the cost of creating the products.

Now that you’re familiar with these types of insulation materials, you should be ready to choose which material best suits your building and budget. If you have any questions or concerns about insulation, don’t hesitate to contact Paradise Home Improvement. Our company also offers professional insulation installation if you’re interested. Give us a call at 844-707-9108. Our services are available to properties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan.