What is Batt Insulation and How Is It Different From Other Types?

June 5, 2015


“Holy Rock Wool insulation, Batman. What do we do now?” Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson then race to the bat pole and suddenly appear all costumed and ready to fight crime and ensure justice reigns supreme. That’s the 1960s’ version of the Dynamic Duo in action.

While we at Capitol Machine hardily enjoyed the campy television sitcom and especially delighted in Robin’s colorful interjections, we want to clear the insulation air.

First off, batt insulation has nothing to do with Gotham’s crime-fighting avengers or those strange, creepy flying mammals found hanging around in damp caves.

What is Batt Insulation and How Does It Different From Other Types?

Strictly speaking, batt is a sheet of matted cotton, wool or synthetic fiber, according to the dictionary. Between 50 and 70 percent of homeowners’ energy bills go for either heating or cooling. Properly installed and well-made insulation helps reduce energy costs and substantially increases homes’ energy efficiency, experts say.

Batt Insulation Designed for Easy Handling

According to homedepot.com, batt insulation, which contains fiberglass or rock wool, is designed for easy handling and for use in homes’ framing, floors, walls, attics or ceilings. Batt insulation comes with paper or aluminum facing.

Blow-In Insulation Reaches Tough Places

Blow-in insulation is typically made of fiberglass or cellulose and is blown or sprayed into walls or other areas. Blow-in insulation equipment also helps insulate hard-to-reach places, especially attics, and fill wall cavities.

Insulation Rolls Are Long and Used for Large Areas

Insulation rolls are similar to batt. Insulation rolls are pre-cut but are longer – as much as 40 feet. Roll insulation works well for attics, floors and other large spaces.

Foam Board Insulation Can Be Used in Places in a Home

Foam board insulation is made of polystyrene and polyurethane and can be used in most places in a home.

Spray Foam Insulation Fills Hard-To-Reach Spaces

Spray foam insulation is comprised or latex or polyurethane. Special equipment is used to spray the foam into gaps, cracks, around doors, windows and vents. Spray foam insulation dries quickly and can be trimmed, painted or stained.

Blow-In Insulation Conquers Competitors

According to Decatur, Georgia-based Energy Vanguard, a consulting company, the best form of insulation is blow in: “The problem with batts is that they don’t work well because they don’t fill the space well. For the best performance, an insulation material needs to fill the whole space, with no gaps, voids, compression or incompletely filled areas.”

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