Proper mobile home insulation has the advantage of keeping your residence cooler during the warm months and keeps it warm during cooler months. This usually happens because the heat that’s trapped inside does transfer either the warm or cool air depending on the weather conditions. The permeation of heat is what usually gives the mobile home insulation what is referred to as its R-value. The higher this value the less the amount of heat is allowed to permeate through. Insulation can generally be done in three formats: the first one is the R33 insulation for ceiling (roof), the R11 insulation for the floor and the R19 insulation for the walls.
Like site built homes, mobile homes can also be designed for renewable energy and energy efficiency. In the case of roof insulation, there are three common methods usually used to add some insulation to the existing cavity. These include drilling and tube blowing from the inside, rolling back the roof and blowing into the now open cavity and drilling and tube blowing from the top. It is worth mentioning that there are some installers who prefer to use roof caps for insulation. These usually come in kits that include dense boards of fiber glass with a metal or synthetic rubber covering. Roof caps can insulate the roof without disturbing the existing roof and as a matter of fact, if all leaks in the old roof covering are sealed then the old roof can easily act as a vapor retarder, therefore eliminating moisture problems and even the need of ventilation.
It is also important to take into consideration that rolling back the roof to add insulation can lead to some realignment problems as well as leaks. This may necessitate mechanical ventilation so as to alleviate moisture condensation problems in the mobile home roof cavity. Normally, blowing loose-fill insulation into an existing manufactured home is usually difficult due to the narrowness of the roof cavities and the wall.
Mobile Home Insulation – Recommendations
Here are some examples of mobile home insulation options readily available in the market.
1) Product Name: Owens Corning R-13 Kraft Faced Insulation Batts 15 Inches by 93 inches
Details: soft to touch, coming with pre-cut widths so as to fit studs and joists. It does offer exceptional thermal as well as sound control performance. It is also easy to cut as well as to install. These insulation delvers the ultimate comfort, helping the homeowner to keep his or her mobile home stay cooler in the summer and quite warm in the winter. This has the effect of reducing cooling costs and the monthly heating costs as well. It is worth mentioning that it can be combined with other insulating sheathing so as to achieve much greater R-value in exterior wall applications.
2) Product Name: GreenFiber Blow-in Fiber Insulation
Details: this is made up to 85% recycled paper fiber and is easy to install. It can also be easily applied over any existing insulation. It is also treated with flame retardant chemicals which help in providing high fire resistance. It does fill in void and gaps: it does create a seamless thermal blanket which greatly reduces instances or air infiltration. It does also provide some superior sound control and is ideal for blowing into sidewalls and attics.
3) Product Name: R30 Cathedral Un-Faced Batts 23 1/2 Inches by 48 Inches
Details: unlike other traditional fiberglass insulations, this particular one does contain more than 99% of natural ingredients which consist of minerals and other plant based compounds which have all been verified to be formaldehyde free. This is designed to completely cancel out R-value loss which may be caused by compressing other standard R-30 products which are used in other ceiling construction. It does provide thermal performance and helps in lowering monthly cooling and heating costs.
4) Product Name: PROPINK Loosefill Fabric 4 ft by 2 inches by 375 feet
Details: this is a spun bond polypropylene which contains non-woven material that’s been designed for the specific intention of insulating ceiling and wall cavities. Its primary function is to provide what’s known as the insulation retention membrane for blown in insulation. It is also designed to resist tearing during the installation process, it is also translucent, this makes it easy for framing members to be easily visible during the application process, and it does also allow air to pass through but not the glass fibers during the installation process.