What Are the Proper Insulation Levels and What Values Should You Use?

When building or renovating your home, it is essential to understand the meaning of insulation levels. These levels have to do with the R-value standard of the insulation you use, which is determined depending on the special ability the material has to keep heat from escaping your home.


An insulating material with a higher R-value – for example, R6 – will, therefore, have higher thermal resistance and greater insulating effectiveness. At the same time, a material rated R1 or R2 will have much lower insulating effectiveness, even though it might be less costly.


In the US the recommended total R-values for wood-framed houses will differ greatly depending on the area you live in. As such, warmer areas like Florida or California will require a total value of R2 to R4, while anyone living in the northern regions and the Midwest will have to use insulation rated at least R5. Depending on whether you’re mainly targeting factors like resistance to heat or temperature fluctuations, you may also have greater freedom with regards to the R-values you use.


If you want to choose the best type of insulation for your home, you will need to know where you want to install it, how much money you have at your disposal and what R-value you want for your installation. Also, depending on the specific type of insulation you consider, life cycle costs, indoor air quality, ease of installation and energy-efficiency will also play an important role in your decision.  Anyone of the well trained Wichita roofing contractors can do the installation.