R-Value Facts
Insulation is measured by its thermal resistance or R-value. “R” is the insulation’s resistance to heat flow. R-value insulation ratings are used to measure insulation’s ability to resist heat flow.

R-Value Facts

Insulation is measured by its thermal resistance or R-value. “R” is the insulation’s resistance to heat flow. R-value insulation ratings are used to measure insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R value, the more effective the insulation. House Insulation should be purchased based on its R value, not thickness or weight.

  • One type of insulation maybe thicker or thinner, but if the R value is the same they should insulate equally.
  • R value performance testing is done in a 70 F environment with no air movement.
  • 1 inch of insulation is = to 30 inches of concrete.
  • The R value in house insulation is substantially lowered when there’s any air or water/moisture leaks.
  • The standard R value for house insulation varies based on climate and temperature

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has established minimum recommended insulation R-values for six distinct parts of the country, or insulation zones. Our service area is located in zone 4.

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