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The Different Types of Insulation for Commercial Buildings Explained

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ions show that the global insulation market will reach a value of $76.93 billion by 2025.

If you are looking at building insulation options you have a number of choices. Several types of insulation are available, each with different advantages.

To get the best insulation possible, you will need to have an understanding of what the different types of insulation for buildings are.

For a rundown of the various commercial insulation types, keep reading.

Fiberglass Blanket

Also known as batt insulation, fiberglass blanket is among the most common types of insulation. A blanket is composed of numerous sheets of fiberglass stacked together.

Fiberglass blanket insulation is usually placed between two pieces of thick paper or card to prevent moisture from getting to it. This type of insulation is suitable for walls, floors, and ceilings.

Fiberglass Board

Similar to fiberglass blankets, but the sheets are tightly compressed to the point the insulation takes the form of a stiff board.

It is also placed between two sheets of card or paper and can be placed in the same locations, as well as in between beams, joists, and studs.

Rock Wool

High-density mineral wool is used to produce rock wool. It is perfect for small spaces that require a bit of extra insulation, most commonly around pipes.

Like other types of insulation rock wool is heat resistant, but it also provides good noise insulation and protects against fire.

Spray Foam

Spray foam uses special equipment for installation. It is sprayed into the space that is being insulated and expands to fill in any gaps. This is done by spraying two chemicals simultaneously which react as they come into contact.

Spray foam has a very high R-value, meaning it provides a high level of insulation. On top of this, it is resistant to mold, waterproof, and stops air leaks, making it one of the most effective and efficient types of insulation available.

Installation of spray foam insulation requires professional training, so you will want to hire a company with fully licensed staff to carry it out.

Loose-Fill

Loose-fill insulation uses special equipment like spray foam but works slightly differently. Materials used are often loose recycled materials such as fiberglass (mentioned above) or cellulose - sometimes a combination of the two.

A machine shreds down these materials and blows them out of a hose which you can use to direct the insulation. this can be a bit messy so take care where you point the hose to avoid getting any insulation in areas you don't want it.

This type of insulation is perfect for small spaces and tight gaps around the edges of ductwork, electrical panels, lighting, and vents. It may also be ideal for any gaps in enclosed walls that are difficult to access.

Foam Board/Sheathing

Rigid boards made from polyisocyanurate foam have a very high R-value. They are also resistant to moisture and are ideal for exposed interior areas, and locations where high efficiency is essential.

The Best Types of Insulation

When it comes to commercial building insulation the types of insulation above can all be suitable. The best choice for you will be specific to your needs.

The team at Titan Construction and Engineering Services have years of experience, so will be happy to give you any guidance you need when making your choice. If you're located in the Lafayette area, we are the perfect company for you.

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