5 types of insulation to consider in your home

If you've never thought about installing insulation in your home, now could be the perfect time to do so. Although the summer months are in full swing, it won't be too long before winter comes around again, leaving you wishing you'd taken the initiative sooner.

However, as soon as you start looking at insulation you'll no doubt realise there are so many different types available that it can become overwhelming.

Here are some of the most common types of insulation you might want to take a closer look at.

1. Blanket insulation

You'll find this is the most common type of insulation - it comes in roll form and can usually be purchased from your local hardware store. It's typically made of fibreglass, although other materials such as wool and plastic are sometimes used.

One of the main benefits of blanket insulation is that it's available in a variety of sizes and there's often a facing attached - such as paper or vinyl - to make it easier to install.

2. Reflective insulation

Reflective insulation comprises foil sheets that have been laminated on to paper to help keep them in position. These are capable of reflecting heat, helping to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

This is also a relatively inexpensive way to insulate your home and providing you have the right materials, you should be able to install it yourself.

3. Polystyrene boards

Insulation can also be available in boards, which tend to be made from polystyrene. The idea of this is that air can be trapped and heated, while moisture is kept at bay.

This can be a good option if space is at a premium, so don't think the smaller areas of your home can't be properly insulated.

4. Cellulose fibre

This is a type of insulation you won't be able to install yourself, so make sure you have a professional on hand to do the job for you.

It's typically most effective in ceiling spaces and roofs, and is considered one of the more environmentally friendly options. The natural product is non-toxic and non-irritant, making it a good choice for allergy sufferers.

5. Concrete blocks

If you're building a new property then concrete blocks can act as an effective insulator. You have to make sure the surfaces of the blocks are covered for the greatest effect.

Some manufacturers choose to use foam inserts to enhance the insulation properties of these blocks, but this isn't always the case.

Posted by Nikki Wilson-Everett