Asked by: Raouf Schepovskih
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th February, 2020

Which is the best type of insulation?

The best insulation options for an attic are open cell spray foam, fiberglass, and cellulose.
  • Cellulose is the oldest insulation material used for not only the attic, but other areas of the home as well.
  • Fiberglass is another traditional insulation material that consists of extremely fine glass fibers.

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Similarly one may ask, what is the best type of attic insulation?

From a performance standpoint, the best type of insulation is spray foam. There are two types; closed-cell and open-cell, aka 2-pound and ½-pound, respectively. They have insulation values of approximately R-6.5 and R-3.6 per inch, respectively.

Beside above, what are the different types of insulation? The most common insulation materials are fiberglass, cellulose and foam. Insulation types include loose fill, batts, rolls, foam board, spray board and vapor barriers.

Accordingly, what is the best R value for insulation?

Vacuum insulated panels have the highest R-value, approximately R-45 (in U.S. units) per inch; aerogel has the next highest R-value (about R-10 to R-30 per inch), followed by polyurethane (PUR) and phenolic foam insulations with R-7 per inch.

How many inches of insulation should be in an attic?

The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type.

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