Whether you are building a new home or renovating your current home, you need to know the difference between batt and blown-in insulation for the sake of both your attic and your wallet. Both insulation systems come with certain negative and positive aspects, and this guide will help you determine which type of insulation works best for you.
Batt insulation is a type of insulation that comes in large rolls. Although it is possible to create a very efficient seal with batt insulation, it takes a great deal of patience and precision to make sure that all of the seams are sealed properly. It typically takes much longer to create an airtight seal with batts than with the blown-in alternative. If sealed properly, however, batt insulation actually has the potential to create higher R-Values, meaning that heat transfer will be less than with blown-in insulation.
Blown-in insulation, first and foremost, will typically need to be installed by a professional, so if you are hoping to put in the insulation by yourself, blown-in insulation may not be the best option for you. On the other hand, blown-in insulation generally creates an efficient seal and it will produce good results with a relatively quick installation period.