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Jan152014

Know Your Options for Insulation for New Construction

Published by Rease at 11:37 AM under Blog

If you are building a new home, it is very important to be aware of all your options for insulation before construction begins. Many people make the mistake of assuming their builders will know what is best, but this is rarely the case. Insulation and home construction are two different skill sets. Consider the fact that your builder may construct the walls, but he contracts electricians for the wiring and plumbers for the plumbing. Shouldn’t your new home’s insulation be completed by an expert in the field of insulation?

Builders are not Insulation Experts

Builders have taken on a DIY attitude when it comes to insulation. Fiberglass batt insulation (which most people know as the pink fluffy stuff) can be thrown up by basically anybody. Builders tend to take it upon themselves to purchase the bare minimum of this cheap and easy-to-install material and do not insulate pass the out-of-date building code minimums. The problem with this is that fiberglass insulation is not the best choice for every application in the home, and even when used in the proper areas (walls), if the insulation is not installed properly, your energy bills will suffer.

Cheap insulation does not save you money in the long run

No matter how fancy your new home is or how robust your heating and cooling system is, an under-insulated home will still be drafty in the winter and hot in the summer. All that money you saved on buying that budget insulation for your new home will be quickly eaten away by your high energy bills.

Consider your carbon footprint

Some builders will argue that the average home owner will only stay in a home for 7 years, meaning the money spent on better insulation will not necessarily be paid back through energy bill savings. This line of thinking is selfish in the terms of our planet. Why build a home that will leave a larger carbon footprint simply for the sake of keeping your initial construction budget low? The home you build today may very well still be standing 100 years from now; should the environment continue to suffer for the sake of saving an arguably small amount of money?

Our job is to educate everyone about the options

Most homeowners are not even given options when it comes to the type or quantity of insulation in their homes. We consider it our job to help educate people about the options available. We also hope to work more closely with builders to encourage them to show homeowners side-by-side comparisons of the benefits of effectiveness of each type of insulation. Homeowners should not have to settle for whatever the builder is capable of installing when experts such as ourselves are well-prepared to explain the options and get the job done properly.