INSULATION

insulation

INSULATION

Titan installs insulation in walls, ceiling, flooring, and attics. If your house is poorly insulated, it’s likely to be leaking heat or AC-cooled air through gaps around windows and doors, ceiling and attic, walls, floor boards, and leaky ducts.  As a result, your hard-earned money is being wasted on heat and AC cooled air that is escaping into the great outdoors.  Insulation’s ability to resist heat flow (prevent heat leaking in or out) is described as its ‘R-value’.  Adding insulation (R30 or greater) to your ceiling and attic, walls, windows and doors, and floor, will save energy and money. It also acts as a sound barrier, and can repel moisture from entering the home. Home insulation comes in a variety of types, including: blanket rolled or batt (fiberglass, mineral wool, plastic fiber, sheep wool), blown-in (fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool), foam board (placed on inside of walls). Furthermore, adding reflective sheets (foil faced kraft paper, plastic) to reflect heat and AC cooled air back into the home, will increase the R value.

A few more tips for energy conservation:

  • Clean, seal and insulate all ducts and pipes throughout the house
  • Caulk and weather strip to seal cracks around doors and windows
  • Retrofit with double or triple paned windows to reduce heat/AC loss through windows
  • Use cellular “honeycomb” shades to trap air in the pockets and act as an insulator, to prevent heat/AC loss through window panes

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WALL

Batt and blown insulation are typically used to add more thermal value to the walls.  With batt insulation, the drywall and old insulation is removed, and new strips are added.  With blown-in, small holes are cut into the interior drywall or exterior siding, and loose fill is blown into the wall cavities.

CEILING

Ceilings are typically insulated with batt insulation made out of fiberglass, mineral wool, recycled or natural fibers, or plastic fibers. The rolls of insulation typically are made with a facing paper (kraft, or foil) to act as a vapor barrier.  You can also order batt with a fire resistant facing.

ATTIC

Attic walls are typically insulated with batt insulation made out of fiberglass, mineral wool, recycled or natural fibers, or plastic fibers.  In addition, the floor of the attic can be covered with blown-in insulation if the attic is not being used for storage.

FLOOR

Floors are typically insulated with foam board or structural insulated panels (made of polystyrene, polyurethane, or polyiso), which is laid underneath the floor boards. When applied indoors, the foam boards are covered with gypsum board; when applied outside the home, the foam board is covered with a waterproof sheeting. Sometimes older basements don’t have any insulation in their ceiling (in other words, the floors of the main level should be insulated, as can be seen in the photo at the left).

GARAGE

The most commonly used type of insulation for the garage, is foam board or batt. It can be easily cut to size, and fitted between the studs, joists, and beams.

RADIANT BARRIER

When the sun heats the roof, the heat travels by conduction through the roof into the attic, where it heats the attic floor and air ducts.  Radiant barriers work by reflecting the heat from the sun, away from the home.  The foil covered insulation is placed in the attic underneath the roof boards.