If you’ve ever seen pink or yellow fluffy filling inside of a wall, then you’ve seen traditional fiberglass rolled and batt insulation. This is one of the most common types of insulation available, largely due to how readily available and affordable it is. However, insulation rolls and batts now come in a wide variety of materials. While it’s normally used inside of walls, it can also be used in the ceiling, attic, flooring, and many other places around the house. It can also be found in varying levels of thickness to make it easy to achieve the R-value you desire.
What is Rolled & Batt Insulation?
Rolled insulation refers to the insulation material that comes in a long roll that’s normally placed and then cut after being set in place. The continuous length can vary from 20 feet all the way up to 40 feet, so you can install a continuous strip of insulation without any gaps in any size of room. Batt insulation refers to pre-cut strips of insulation material that is generally easier to work with than long rolls. It is made to be installed in strips, which some contractors don’t like because it can leave air gaps.
Rolled Insulation Pros:
- Seals better than strips of insulation
- Readily available
- Easy to work with
Rolled Insulation Cons:
- Must cut to size yourself
- May settle over time
- Many layers may be required to achieve good R-value
Batt Insulation Pros:
- Pre-cut into strips for easier installation
- Easy to find
Batt Insulation Cons:
- Thick layers required to achieve good R-value
- Can settle over time
- Can leave gaps with improper installation
Best Material Types to Consider
Fiberglass rolls/batts are by far the most common type of insulation you’ll find in most households today. That’s because these materials are easy to work with and they’re affordable at around .64 to $1.19 per square foot. This type of insulation is made from molten glass that is spun into tiny fibers and coated with liquid to help bind it all together. It results in a fluffy yet firm insulation option that can easily be installed in attics, flooring, ceilings, and even basements.
- Won’t grow mold or mildew
- Won’t resist moisture
- Can be dangerous to install without safety equipment
- Lower R-value than other materials
- Can compress over time
Cotton and denim insulation is made from the natural fibers of recycled denim and other pieces of clothing. After being processed, the fibers are spun together to form long blankets or batts so they can be used to insulate homes in an environmentally friendly manner. This has an R-value of about 3.5 per inch, making it a good option to install in walls, flooring, attics, ceiling, and basements. The average cost starts at $1.12 per square foot, depending on the thickness and where it’s installed.
Natural Fiber Pros:
- Less toxic than fiberglass insulation
- Environmentally friendly option
- Good for soundproofing
- Treated for fire-resistance
Natural Fiber Cons:
- More expensive than other insulation materials
- May not be easy to find
- Good for soundproofing
This insulation is made from rocks that are spun to make a fluffy insulation material that has an R-value of around 3.3 per inch. It’s used in homes for improved thermal resistance inside of walls, ceilings, attics, and anywhere else you can fit batt/roll insulation. You can expect to spend around $1.06 or more to have this installed throughout your home. However, most contractors agree it’s worth the added cost due to excellent performance.
- Mildew resistant
- Fire resistant
- No itchy fibers during install
- Water repellant
- Dense and firm; installation is easy
- Comes un-faced; you may need to install a vapor barrier
- Costs more than fiberglass
Average Labor Cost, Hiring a Professional
The labor to install most types of batt or roll insulation can range from $35 to $80 per hour. Fiberglass can range from .64 to $1.19 per square foot to be installed. Natural fiber insulation will normally start around $1.12 to be installed, depending on material availability. Rockwool has an average price of $1.06 installed, although the price will depend on the space you need to cover and the market price of batts or rolls.
Hiring a professional may seem like an unnecessary cost. However, it’s important to have the advice of an expert when installing insulation. They can tell you which will perform best, improve your R-value, and help you stick to your budget. They will also take care of the installation so you know it’s done right from the start.
Where Can You Buy Rolled & Batt Insulation?
What is the Installation Process?
Before batt or roll insulation can be installed, it’s important to seal gaps that will leak air and decrease your home’s energy efficiency. This can easily be done with caulk or spray foam caulk wherever you notice areas that need attention.
Address Pipes & Vents
If you are installing insulation in an area that experiences drastic temperature changes, like an attic, then wrap pipes with foam pipe sleeves to prevent condensation. Bathroom exhaust fans should also be connected to the outside to prevent additional moisture problems.
Check Light Boxes
If installing near recessed lights, make sure they are Type-IC, which means they can come in contact with insulation. If not, you’ll need to build a box around the fixture to prevent a possible fire.
How We Can Help You
Insulating your home with batt and roll insulation can be challenging if you’re not familiar with the process. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this alone. By calling our team at Action 1 Insulation, you’ll find the hard-working team you need to install your insulation. Our contractors will discuss your options, help you stick to your budget, and take care of the installation from start to finish. Our priority is that you achieve the energy efficiency you desire while helping to make your home more comfortable along the way.