When you build a custom home, you not only get to choose the layout of the home and what the kitchen looks like, you also have an opportunity to choose the building materials that are used in the construction of the home. The type of insulation you choose is extremely important. The insulation you choose will impact the energy efficiency and function of your home, which will have a big impact on the budget for the home as well.
Insulation Choice #1: Open-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam
Polyurethane can be sprayed direction in between the frame of your home. As it is a spray foam, you can spray it everywhere you need insulation, and ensure that every square inch of space is covered in the insulation you want.
This type of spray foam works well around the rim joists, which is where your wall and foundation meet. This is a famously tricky area to insulate well, and open-cell polyurethane spray foam is great insulator for these types of spaces. You can use it to fill hard to reach and awkward cavities and space, providing your home with a high level of insulation.
Open-cell polyurethane spray foam is designed to dry faster than traditional wet spray cellulose, so if time is of the essence in your building project, this foam takes the least amount of time to install and to dry.
Insulation Choice #2: Wet Spray Cellulose
Wet spray cellulous is one of the most popular types of insulation used in homes. It is popular because it is really affordable and is environmentally friendly. Wet spray cellulose also has good insulation properties, which you want from your insulation.
The thing that makes wet spray cellulose tricky is that, as the name implies, it is sprayed onto your home in a wet state. It is really important that the material have enough time to dry before more work is done on your home. So after the cellulose is sprayed in between the frame on your home and into the attic, it needs to dry before drywall is put up or more work is done on the attic.
The length of the drying process really depends on outside temperature, air circulation, and building conditions.
Insulation Choice #3: Brown Cellulose
Brown cellulose insulation is a type of fiberglass insulation. It is a thick and dense fiberglass material that is blown into areas that need insulation. This type of insulation works well in homes located in really cold regions where snow is common during the winter months. This type of insulation is most commonly used in attics, where the insulation can be sprayed into the deep crevice's of the attic, and the insulation can settle in-between all the cavities.
When it comes to insulating your home, you need to think carefully about what type of insulation you use. You want to use a type of insulation that will provide your home with the most insulation for the amount of money you are investing. Talk with your custom home builder to determine which type or types of insulation work best for your new home.