Spray Foam Insulation Vs. Batten Insulation: Which Should You Choose?

Insulation is put in homes to help hold in the cool or warm air. Insulation can last up to nearly 80 years depending on the type you use. However, if your home doesn't have enough insulation or the type of insulation isn't very good quality, or no longer serves it's purpose, it may be time to add or install new insulation into your home. If you are in need of insulation, there are a couple of different types you can choose from, including spray foam insulation and batten insulation. Read on for further information about these types of insulation and which is right for you.

Batten Insulation

Batten insulation is a more traditional form of insulation. It is usually put into exterior walls, but some use it in attics as well. This type of insulation is usually covered in a lining of paper to help with handling and to aid in installation. It comes in a roll, and you unroll it to put it wherever you need it to go. This type of insulation is usually a lower R-value, which is the resistance to heat flow. This type of insulation can also lose its rating over time, which is why you will more than likely need to replace or add more insulation with time. Batten insulation can be installed by you, although lugging the heavy bags of insulation up to your attic can be a pain to do and can get very heavy. It can also be difficult to fit the large insulation rolls through a narrow attic opening.

Spray Foam Insulation

Closed cell spray foam insulation is not a new insulation, although it has become a more popular choice. It's easy to install as it is sprayed in,  rather than laid out like roll insulation. It has a higher R-value and doesn't lose it's rating with time the way that batten insulation does. Spray foam insulation doesn't need to be replaced as often as you would have to with batten insulation. Spray foam insulation can be used in attic spaces and in the walls of your home. Although it is a more costly way to insulate your home, you won't have to redo this type of insulation. 

If you are looking to add insulation to your home, or you need to install all new insulation, you should consider installing spray foam insulation, rather than traditional batten insulation. It may cost you more money, but the insulation and comfort it provides outweigh the cost. Contact a company that provides closed cell foam insulation for more information. 



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