The 5 Ws of Kraft Faced Insulation

Posted by Wattson on May 21, 2016

kraft-insulationDo you ever feel like you’re playing Twenty Questions when you’re trying to figure out methods of making your home more energy efficient? We’ll take the guessing games out of lowering your monthly energy bill. As you already know, insulating your home is a must, no matter what climate you’re in. But how do you know which type of insulation is right for your home? If you’re looking to stretch your dollar, look no further than Kraft-Faced Insulation.

Who can install Kraft-Faced Insulation?

Installing insulation is a dirty job – plus, you want to make sure it’s done right – so it’s best to leave this part to the professionals. A quick and easy way to figure out the “strength” of insulation you need (i.e., the R-value), as well as which areas of your home could use an extra layer or two, is to have an energy expert perform your home energy assessment. An expert will also know the local building codes, so there is no guessing game on what type of roll insulation you need.

The R-value of insulation material is important because it will keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Of course, R-value is not the only factor that determines how well your insulation material does its job – Kraft-faced insulation’s concentration on providing good air circulation within the walls is important as well. The R-value of this insulation is on the Kraft paper facing side of the insulation so it can be easily seen.

What is Kraft-Faced Insulation?

Kraft Faced Insulation is a type of formaldehyde-free fiberglass batt insulation that is best at keeping the air quality in your home clean and fresh. Whether you live in New England or the Florida Keys, this type of insulation is paper-faced batt insulation that is made to prevent allergens and increase energy efficiency in your home. Kraft-faced fiberglass insulation comes in various shapes and sizes, which are perfect for different areas of your home and has a vapor retarder to keep water vapor and moisture at bay. In addition, it’s one of the most affordable insulation options on the market.

Kraft-Faced insulation is so named because it has a paper vapor retarder on the paper-facing side of the batt. This helps prevent mold and mildew, which is why this insulation type is most effective in exterior walls, basement walls, and attic ceilings for moisture control. The installer will press the material into the wall cavity with the Kraft-faced paper side facing outward. It should fit snugly into the wall cavity and not be compressed.

Where should you install Kraft-faced fiberglass batt insulation (exterior walls, floors, attics)?

Kraft-Faced Insulation is best used on walls and floors to prohibit the growth of mold and mildew. While the paper lining does its best to prevent moisture from seeping into your home, we highly recommend that you use spray foam in your attic. Spray foam gives a tighter seal than fiberglass insulation, which is ideal for your attic.

Did you know that your attic may be the biggest culprit of your high energy bills? Warm air from the outside is seeping in through the nooks and crannies of your roof and permeating into your lovely air-conditioned home. Both types of insulation are great for homes in humid climates. Not to mention spray foam is more concentrated, so you’ll lose less attic space but get the same amount of protection.

When should I install Kraft-faced insulation?

Late winter or early spring are the best times of year to get the ball rolling on an insulation project. This allows plenty of time before summer weather kicks into full gear when your family struggles to keep cool. Unlike your energy bills, the price of insulation, even fiberglass batt insulation, doesn’t fluctuate based on the season, so you don’t have to tough out a scorching summer in hopes that prices will be lower.

Feel free to contact the experts at My Energy Monster to ensure your Florida home has the correct insulation and is installed correctly.

Why is Kraft paper the best?

What makes Kraft Faced Insulation so much better than other fiberglass batt insulation? For one thing, there’s Kraft paper attached to one side of the insulation. This paper acts as a vapor barrier that prevents the build-up of moisture and helps control moisture. Moisture is often caused when warm air travels through your walls to a colder area. Remember, moisture in your home can encourage the growth of mold and wood rot, which can cause expensive structural damage in your home.

Mold growth can cause health problems as well. Suppose you’re experiencing symptoms such as persistent cough, difficulty breathing, headache, fever, and red eyes while at home; you should call your doctor for advice. Always be sure to get rid of any mold in your home as soon as possible, so it doesn’t spread. Preventing mold before it starts is part of the solution.

With Kraft-faced insulation, you’ll save double what you might have spent on high energy bills due to uncontrolled moisture. This type of insulation is also budget-friendly compared to spray foam insulation.

(and How!)

Don’t let your energy bills spike this summer and put worries of mold growth to rest. There’s still plenty of time to make your home more comfortable with Kraft-Faced Insulation. Schedule your energy assessment today to learn which areas in your home need more insulation.

If you are looking for vapor barrier insulation that is affordable, easy to install, and provides excellent moisture control, Kraft-faced batt insulation may be the perfect solution. Contact Energy Monster today to discuss how this cost-effective option could help save money on heating costs while also providing peace of mind with moisture control! With our free estimate service, we can come out to your home or business to know exactly what you’ll need before making any decisions on which type of insulation would work best in your specific situation.

If you live in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, give us a call today! (855) 928-8123.


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