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When it comes time to choose insulation for a home, the main thing that the homeowners need to pay attention to is R value. Homeowners should talk to Grand Rapids roofing and insulation experts to find out the recommended R value for their area. This will help them narrow down the different types of insulation that would be ideal for their home.

One type of insulation is blanket insulation, which may also be referred to as insulation rolls or batts. This insulation can be made out of many different materials, but it's most often made out of fiberglass, wool and other natural fibers. Blanket insulation can be used in both ceilings and floors, and it's installed between the joists, studs and beams of a house. While it doesn't have the highest R value, it's often chosen because it's relatively inexpensive.

Concrete block insulation is a great way for homeowners to increase the R value of the walls in their home. While this type of insulation can't be installed in the ceiling, it can be installed on the outside of both newly constructed and existing walls. Despite the name, concrete blocks are actually made out of foam board. The R value can be increased if the manufacturer mixes air or foam beads into the mixture.

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This type of insulation requires special skills and should never be installed without the help of a professional.

Another type of insulation that is gaining popularity is loose fill or blown in insulation. It's typically made from fiberglass, but it can also be made from cellulose or wool. Because loose fill insulation can be blown into place using special tools, it's perfect for attics, existing walls, open cavities and other hard to reach places. The R value for this insulation depends on the material from which it's made. Some homeowners try to avoid wool as it's highly flammable and sometimes considered a safety risk.

Homeowners who want to get the most energy saving properties out of their insulation could try a reflective system. Reflective insulation has a reflective cover that is typically made out of foil, and it works best at preventing the downward flow of heat, which is why it's often used as roof insulation. While this type of insulation is difficult to install, most experts recommended that it be added to unfinished walls, floors and ceilings. If a wall is already finished, the drywall will have to be removed to install this insulation.

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