When building a home, it’s crucial to consider types of insulation. We recommend sitting down with our team to review your home build proposal, budget, and options when it comes to choosing between materials.
Batt insulation is made of fibreglass and at $1.50 per square foot, is less expensive than other insulation materials. As the most popular type of insulation, you may have seen fibreglass insulation in an unfinished basement or attic. It traps air between tiny fibres, slowing the transfer of heat. The downside is that Batt insulation is far less effective in colder temperatures because it has air leakage. Although it’s less expensive material-wise, you’ll end up making up for the money saved by paying for extra climate control indoors and then some. The lifespan of Batt insulation is 10-25 years.
Spray foam is a newer type of insulation that is proven to be more effective overall. It can cost from $6-7 per board foot (depending on the type of spray foam) and is used as an air, moisture, and vapor barrier. Spray foam has little to no air leakage, providing great insulation in warm or cold weather. After being sprayed, it expands up to 100 times its original volume and hardens into a flexible solid that will expand and contract with the building, strengthening the structure as a whole. The lifespan of spray foam insulation is 80+ years.
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At the end of the day, we prioritize your budget and your priorities here at Corrente. We favour spray foam insulation and would recommend spending more to insulate your house in order to save money in the long run, but we understand budgeting and will work with you based on what you ultimately want. Majority of the time, a larger investment when building, will save you money in the long run.