Heating and cooling costs in any home are expensive. It’s important to make sure that your home is properly insulated to save energy as well as money. But how? Fiberglass and foam board can be installed into the house to protect the home from unwanted heat or air. There are many choices to make when determining which material is best. The cost comes into play as well as functionality and durability, but you don’t have to make this seemingly overwhelming decision on your own. If you want to learn the difference between fiberglass and foam board, keep reading.
Definition of Foam
Foam consists of thick, styrofoam panels shaped like an accordion. Materials can include polyisocyanurate, polystyrene, or polystyrene. If your home is susceptible to a lot of moisture, then the foam board will endure. The foam board doesn’t easily split, form, or change shape.
Definition of Fiberglass
Fiberglass is softer and less rigid than foam because it consists of tightly rolled, large packs or single batts of fiberglass fiber. One benefit of fiberglass is that it holds a lot of tiny air pockets which is optimal for creating a thermal barrier. However, since fiberglass has a lot of small air pockets, moisture is trapped. Moisture leads to mold and mildew.
Costs of FiberGlass Vs. Foam
Installing fiberglass is less expensive. Fiberglass is harder to waste because foam pieces end up becoming very small, if not unusable. Fiberglass is easy to tear off and inserts into small spaces.
What’s Simpler to install?
Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. The foam should be cut carefully with a fine saw and then snapped. Also, there is no need to protect your skin from becoming irritated as with fiberglass. You have to watch how you cut foam because of wire, outlets, and other blockages. Foam is rigid and therefore may not be able to account for such obstructions.
Fiberglass is flexible and can accommodate for obstructions. It can fit around anything that may block your walls. However, fiberglass can bother your skin and eyes. Make sure to protect yourself from head-to-toe with a respirator, long sleeves, gloves, and pants.
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