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Installing insulation in mobile homes for winter

Common Types of Insulation Used in Mobile Homes

Insulating your mobile home lowers your heating and cooling costs by preventing drafts and minimizing heat flow. In addition, it also promotes increased comfort especially in the middle of freezing winter and sweltering summer heat. 

When you’re looking for a manufactured home in mobile home parks Lebanon, Oregon, pay close attention to R-Value, which is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. Take note that the higher the R-Value, the better the insulating effect it provides. 

 

These are the general recommendations you have to keep in mind: 

  • For exterior walls, the general guidance is to use insulating material that provides R-13 to R-23.
  • For ceilings and attics, the advisable ratings are R-30, R-38, and R-49. 

To learn more about the most common types of insulation used in mobile homes, read on the content below. 

 

Rolls and Batts

As of this writing, they are the most commonly used insulation in mobile and manufactured homes. Rolls got their name because they come in cylindrical pieces, whereas batts are available in rectangular pieces. 

Rolls generally take less time to install than batts, especially if you’re dealing with larger areas. By contrast, batts are better if you have odd-shaped space to cover, such as around pipes or anything that obstructs the insulation material around; this is because they’re smaller and easier to cut and manipulate. 

 

Foam Boards

These are rigid panels made of polyurethane, polyisocyanurate, or polystyrene that makes them excellent for insulating any exposed cavity in your mobile home from top to bottom, including the walls (if you’re remodeling and your drywall is exposed). 

Foam boards offer a lot of benefits: They are highly resistant to moisture, easy to work with (you can DIY your installation), and provide higher R-Value per inch of thickness. 

However, they also have some downsides: They are slightly more expensive than the standard insulating materials used in mobile homes, and you must caulk or tape the joints between the sheets to prevent drafts into your home. 

 

Blow-In or Loose Fill

Professionals typically recommend blown insulation in the attic (rather than batts) because they fill the space better without disturbing the structures or finishes, resulting in improved energy efficiency. 

But unlike other insulation materials, blow-in requires professional installation especially if it’s going to be used in the wall. But if you’re quite handy with home improvement, it can be a DIY task if you’re going to use it for your attic. However, be prepared to crouch under sloping attic rafters to distribute the blown-in evenly. 

 

Sprayed or Injected Foam

Over the past few years, sprayed foams are increasingly becoming a popular material to insulate manufactured homes in mobile home parks Lebanon, Oregon. They offer countless benefits such as: 

  • Prevents moisture 
  • Improves indoor air quality by reducing allergens like dust, mildew, and pollen
  • Durable
  • Reduces sound
  • Easy to install 
  • Offer high R-Value when installed properly

While this insulation is in liquid form in the container, it foams out and expands in all directions; this makes them ideal for filling small spaces. 

 

Insulation Materials 

The types of insulation come in different materials such as fiberglass, mineral wool, cellulose, polyurethane foam, and polystyrene.

Fiberglass. It is the most commonly used insulation material because it is affordable, easy to install, and has an impressive R-Value rating. The only downside is that installation is best reserved for pros because the material, which is made of finely woven silicon glass powder (tiny shards of glasses), may cause damage to the eyes, skin, and lungs if safety equipment is not worn. 

Cellulose is another affordable insulating material that’s gaining popularity in recent years. Plus, it is an eco-friendly option because it’s made from recycled paper, cardboard, and other similar materials that are compacted in a way that oxygen is completely eliminated. For this reason, cellulose is highly resistant to fire.

Mineral wool, meanwhile, is also popular especially for DIYers because it can be purchased in batts or loose.

The other two materials, polyurethane foam, and polystyrene are less popular these days. 

 

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a charming neighborhood surrounded by mature pines and pristine lakes but offers easy access to all “conveniences,” local restaurants, and shopping centers, check out Santiam Village in Lebanon, Oregon. 

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