If you need to install more insulation in your home, you may be confused and overwhelmed with all the different types. You’ve probably read about fiberglass, one of the most commonly used insulation materials.
Fiberglass is available in two forms: blown-in (loose-fill) and batts. Blanket insulation, made of batts or rolls, is widely used and often made of fiberglass. But what type of insulation is best? Is blown-in insulation better than batts? Contact Gold Star Insulation to discuss your project, or keep reading to learn more!
Differences Between the Two
- Typically made of fiberglass, batt insulation is available in pre-cut panels and is one of the most common forms of insulation. It’s often installed in spaces relatively free of obstructions (such as pipes and wiring). Batt insulation is smoother looking and can be almost be thought of as a thermal blanket. It is often installed in walls, particularly for new construction projects.
- Blown-in insulation, also referred to as loose-fill insulation, is installed using a blowing machine. Depending on the material of the insulation, the installation method may vary slightly.
Both blown-in and batt/roll insulation can be installed in different areas of a home, including the attic and the walls. Fiberglass insulation is available in blown-in form—and so is cellulose (which is referred to as loose-fill cellulose). Blown-in fiberglass and cellulose have superior sound control capabilities and can help reduce noises from outside and inside, between different rooms and levels.
Which One Is Better?
Generally, we don’t recommend installing batts in the attic—blown insulation can fill the space better for more energy-efficient performance. But this may not be the case for every single home. A professional will be able to assess your home and insulation needs to determine which type of insulation would be an ideal solution.
If you need to insulate your home in the Sacramento area, contact Gold Star Insulation. We install blown and batt fiberglass—and other materials—to meet every need!