Rigid Board Insulation Installation

When most homeowners think of insulation, they picture the pink fibers that look kind of like cotton candy. In other words, they think of "fluffy" insulation, but there is another type of insulation that can help reduce your energy bills – rigid foam board insulation.

Rigid board insulation is exactly like it sounds – it is available as a foam panel that can be cut easily enough. 2' x 8' and 4' x 8' are the sizes most often used, but the panels vary in thickness and width. Rigid foam board insulation is often overlooked, but it is a great solution for insulating homes and maximizing energy efficiency.

Keep in mind: just because rigid foam board insulation panels are easy to cut, it doesn't mean the average homeowner should try tackle an insulation installation project without consulting professionals. If you want to insulate your home with rigid board insulation, the experts at TNT Insulation can help.

Rigid Foam Board Insulation

There are three types of rigid foam board insulation:

  • Polyisocyanurate (polyiso): polyisocyanurate rigid board insulation typically comes with reflective foil facing on both sides. This makes it ideal for the attic, as the foil helps your home reflect, rather than absorb the sun's energy, creating a much cooler environment in the summer.
  • Extruded polystyrene (XPS): extruded polystyrene rigid board panels have smooth, plastic surfaces and are extremely durable. XPS rigid foam board insulation is also ideal if you are worried about water infiltration issues, as it doesn't absorb water easily.
  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS): EPS rigid board insulation is also good for reducing moisture infiltration and can be used for both new construction projects and re-insulating. It has a lower R-value than both XPS and polyiso board.

Benefits of Rigid Foam Board Insulation

The benefits of installing rigid foam board insulation don't differ significantly from installing other types of insulation. Rigid board insulation can:

  • Increase the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your energy bills
  • Keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
  • Muffle noises from outside
  • Reduce your carbon footprint

Unlike other types of insulation, however, rigid foam board insulation is better at reducing moisture infiltration and associated problems such as mold and mildew growth, wood rot, etc. Rigid foam board insulation panels can also eliminate air infiltration, making them an ideal choice for older, drafty homes.

Want to insulate your home with rigid board insulation or learn more about it? Contact the insulators at TNT Insulation and schedule a free assessment for your home.