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Should you Choose Fiberglass, Cellulose, or Foam Insulation?

from Residential Products Online

Few construction topics bore homebuyers more than insulation. You, of course, know better. You’re well aware that heating and cooling account for roughly half of the energy used in the average home. And you also know that good insulation helps homeowners save money and makes houses more comfortable.

Fiberglass, cellulose, and foam dominate the conversation, but the breadth of insulation products is wide, including cotton, straw, hemp and sheep’s wool, just to name a few.

Affordable Fiberglass

Traditionally, the over¬whelm¬ing choice for production home builders has been batt insulation, which usually means fiberglass but also includes mineral wool.

“Fiberglass and mineral wool batt insulation products are the most versatile on the market,” says Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd, director of communications for the Alexandria, Va.-based North American Insulation Manu¬fac¬tur¬ers Association. “There is a wide range of products and performance levels, allowing builders to achieve optimal R-value within any budget,” she says. more


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