What is R-value?
It is the resistance of heat transfer through the insulation. Higher R-value equals higher performance insulation. Well insulated homes get you more savings on your heating and cooling bills.
There are a few different ways to measure. Contractor Tom Silva of This Old House explains that to calculate the R-value of existing insulation, you can measure it with a tape measure. It needs to touch the ceiling board to get the height. As a rule of thumb, for most insulation types such as fiberglass and cellulose, every inch of insulation is roughly equal to a 3.5.
We give recommendations based on where you are geographically located. In the southern region of the US, contractors use a lower R-value of 30, whereas colder, northern states typically use an R-value closer to 49.
No matter whether a type of insulation is thick or thin, the value could be the same. Blown-in (or loose-fill) insulation has the lowest R-value per inch compared to insulation blankets and spray foam insulation. Foam board insulation has the highest per inch.
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If you would like to have your basement or attic reinsulated with a more effective option, give us a call. Our number is (919) 453-6411. Your home or commercial building will be well insulated to ensure cool temperatures indoors in the summer weather and warmth indoors during the colder months.