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Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Alexandria Rental Home

Spraying Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation Between the Attic Trusses of Your Alexandria Rental HomeWhen it comes to deciding on an insulation for your Alexandria rental homes, there are numerous different types available, each of which having pros and cons. This could make picking the correct insulation hard unless you have the data you need to make an informed decision. In what follows, we are going to discuss four of the most common home insulation types and some of their pros and cons.


Fiberglass insulation is made for use in unfinished walls, ceilings, and floors. It is made of glass fibers matted into fluffy (usually pink) batts and rolls. The size of these batts or rolls makes them ideal for installation between studs, joists, and beams. Fiberglass insulation is also relatively inexpensive and somewhat easy to install, which makes it a popular choice. However, it can irritate the skin and airways, so one has to don gloves and take other safety precautions before handling them. Another drawback to fiberglass insulation is that it is tough to add to existing construction without destroying the walls and ceilings.

Loose Fill and Blown-In

Loose fill or blown-in insulation is especially useful when adding insulation to existing walls, attic floors, or other hard-to-reach areas. Loose fill and blown-in insulation are typically made up of dry cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool. The process of blowing in the insulation is perhaps its biggest drawback as specialized equipment is needed.

Foam Board

Foam board is usually used to insulate concrete blocks and slabs. Made from heavy-duty materials like polyurethane, foam board can be built directly into the walls of new construction. When adding to existing construction, foam board can be used to insulate foundation walls, floors, and ceilings. It is somewhat thin but has great insulating value. However, like blown-in insulation, foam board requires specialized skills and equipment for installation. It is also not whether or fire resistant, so additional layers should be added to obtain a weatherproof finish.

Sprayed Foam

Sprayed foam is one of the most versatile insulation types available. Made from a durable polyurethane, sprayed foam is made for use in enclosed spaces, walls, gaps, and unfinished attic floors. It is easy to install around existing construction and pipes or other structures. You can purchase sprayed foam in small containers for minor jobs, but larger quantities should be applied using special spraying equipment. Also, it tends to be pricier than some of the other insulation types.

All in all, the type of insulation you choose for your rental homes will be determined by a combination of factors, including the current condition of the home, what needs to be insulated, and cost. All types will boost the energy efficiency of the home, and so no matter which one you pick, you’ll add value and comfort to your Alexandria rental homes. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 612-730-8293 today!

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