Insulation is a key component for any modern building. However, the fact that the insulation will be hidden from view can make it a part of the building that is rarely given thought despite the vital roles that it will serve.

Does Insulation Only Keep Your Home Warm?

When individuals think of insulation, they may assume that it is always for keeping the structure warm. In addition to keeping the home warm, insulation will also keep it cool during the summer by minimizing drafts and convective heat exchange. However, these are not the only benefits that insulation can provide a building. It can also help to keep noise pollution out of the home by block sounds. For those that live in areas with a lot of ambient noise, this can be an invaluable benefit that the insulation can provide.  

How Can Moisture Damage Impact Your Home's Insulation?

Due to the fact the insulation will be protected between walls and floors, individuals can underestimate the potential risks that it can face. More specifically, water is able to rapidly cause extensive damage to insulation by allowing mold to grow and the insulation fibers to rot. Furthermore, the insulation's ability to retain water can also allow for the surrounding wood and metal components to suffer damage as the insulation will keep these materials moist for far longer than they otherwise would have. Finding and sealing leaks will be the only way to prevent this problem from occurring. In addition to checking the interior of the home for leaks, the exterior will also need to be checked as well. If a crack or gap is found, sealing it with caulk or another water-proof sealant can help to stop this damage from occurring.

Is It Difficult To Add Supplemental Insulation To Under-Insulated Areas?

Older homes were often built with much less restrictive energy-efficiency standards. As a result, they typically included far less insulation throughout the entire structure. This results in older homes typically being substantially less energy-efficient than modern equivalents. As a result, homeowners may wish to supplement their home's insulation to improve its efficiency. Fortunately, spray foam insulation can make this a simple process that avoids the need to remove large sections of the walls and floors. Additionally, spray foam insulation is more energy-efficient than most other types of insulation due to the lack of air pockets in the foam as these could make it easy for heat to be transferred.

For more information, contact an insulation company.