Insulation is probably not at the forefront of your mind when you’re building a new home. Walls and roofs are more satisfying to see as they go up, and indigo paint and cherry wood flooring are the finishes that will wow eventual buyers. But insulation defines your buyers’ comfort, so it’s worth thinking about from the start of construction. The effort will pay off in cozy winters and cool summers, and it’ll also cut out homeowners’ exposure to noise pollution and keep their utility bills down. NorthEast Spray Insulation is a full-service specialist offering a wide berth of options. Call us at (207) 797-8887 to discuss how you can make the most of your budget.
Why Insulation Should Come First
Insulation retrofits — that is, adding insulation after a building is already built — is expensive and complicated. If your buyers want to add insulation after they move in, they’ll have to find their way into cracks and crevices, and not all of those hard-to-reach spots will accept insulation. Their materials may be limited to the more expensive products, but even then, no matter how much you pay, they’re unlikely to achieve a perfect whole-house result. Insulating a home during the construction process means less hassle for your buyers down the line — a detail they’ll appreciate.
Choosing Energy Efficiency First
Recommended insulation is defined by R-values, which represent thermal resistance. Every new home is held to regulatory minimums when it comes to R-value, but if you’re aiming for optimal results, you’ll need a little more. Your insulation options include:
- Loose mineral wool, fiberglass or plastic fibers: R-value of 2.2 to 2.9 per inch
- Loose cellulose: R-value 3.1 to 3.8 per inch
- Cementitious foam: R-value of 2 to 3.3
- Polyicynene foam: R-value of 3.6 to 4.3
- Polyurethane foam: R-value of 5.6 to 8
Each material has extra benefits. Mineral wool is pocket-friendly. Foam board is stackable and can increase the R-value of your walls. Loose cellulose and fiberglass can be blown into hard-to-reach places, and liquid foam can fit into the tough spots. NorthEast Spray Insulation handles the top materials, but we love spray foam’s unbeatable R-value and flexible shape the most.
Places that Need Insulation
You probably know that a home’s floors, walls and ceiling need insulation, but there are lesser-known areas that also need attention:
- Joist space
- Vented crawl spaces and garages
- Finished attics, including between the rafters.
- Storm windows
- Foundation walls
- The above-ground portion of your outdoor walls
- Band joists
Ready to add oomph to your new build? Trust NorthEast Spray Insulation. Our team solves even the toughest insulation problems without breaking your budget. Call us at (207) 797-8887.