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Insulation Comparison Chart

Positive Features Open-cell Spray Foam Closed-cell Spray Foam Fiberglass Batts Fiberglass Loose-Fill Wet-Sprayed Cellulose Blown-in (Dry) Cellulose Mineral Wool
R-Value per inch 4.0 6.6 3.7 3.2 4.0 4.0 3.9
No wind washing effect Check Arrow Check Arrow          
Certified air barrier Check Arrow            
Expands to fill hard-to-reach spaces Check Arrow Check Arrow          
Contains no HCFCs or CFCs Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow
Does not contain formaldehyde Check Arrow Check Arrow   Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow  
Can be injected into existing wall cavities without major demo       Check Arrow   Check Arrow  
Won't shrink or settle over time when properly installed Check Arrow Check Arrow     Check Arrow    
Will not absorb significant levels of water   Check Arrow          
FEMA approved flood-resistant insulation material   Check Arrow          
Serves as a vapor retarder without additional materials   Check Arrow          
Will not distort framing when properly installed Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow Check Arrow
Efficiently reduces sound transmission through walls Check Arrow Check Arrow          

 

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 - 12:03:00 PM EST by  jsesic
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