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Answering Your Insulation and Drywall Questions

Installing drywall and insulation is not a task to take on by yourself. Whenever you need repair or installation work, look to the team at Westside Drywall & Insulation. We have years of experience with a variety of materials, and we're here to share our expertise with the Portland, OR community. As a trusted source of insulation and drywall information, we receive lots of questions. Read up on some of our most frequently asked questions, or give us a call with inquiries of your own.

What Is Insulation?

Insulation is a material designed to resist the flow of heat. When installed in your home, it keeps outdoor temperatures outside and allows you to enjoy the heating or air conditioning indoors. Each type of insulation comes with its own R-value, which measures its effectiveness at stopping heat flow.

What Kinds of Insulation do You Offer?

The team at Westside Drywall & Insulation is well-versed in an array of insulation options. We offer convenient forms of insulation, such as spray foam, as well as environmentally-friendly options. Choose from any of the following varieties:

  • Cellulose
  • Fiberglass
  • Thermal
  • Soundproofing
  • Spray Foam
  • Blown-In
  • Batt
  • Polyurethane
  • Eco-Friendly

Where Should I Insulate?

Generally speaking, your home's exterior walls and attic should be insulated. However, every home is different, and talking with an insulation professional is the best way to get an idea of where you should install insulation.

How Much Insulation Should I Install?

How much insulation you need depends on where you live and the age of your home. Since Portland tends to have a cooler climate, you should opt for a higher R-value. If your home is older than 10 years, you may need additional insulation.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation is a liquid insulation material that air seals to any part of your home where it is applied. The foam expands to fill cavities, effectively protecting your home or place of business against the heat or cold.

What Is the R-Value of Spray Foam Insulation? 

R-value measures the resistance to heat flow within a building. Spray foam insulation has an R-value of about 3.5 per inch. While this is a lower value than other options, spray foam insulation is an easy-to-install and affordable way to regulate inside temperatures.

Can Spray Foam Insulation Be Exposed?

Spray foam insulation can be damaged by sunlight, so it's typically not a good idea to leave it exposed to the elements. However, you can choose to leave it exposed in dark areas such as the attic.

Can It Insulate an Existing Home?

Yes. If your home is lacking proper insulation, spray foam is an excellent choice. The team at Westside Drywall & Insulation will inspect your home for uninsulated areas and seal them up with spray foam insulation.

How Long Does Spray Foam Insulation Last?

Spray foam insulation can last upwards of 80 years in the right conditions. Keeping your insulation out of direct sunlight and free of water damage will maximize its lifespan.

What Is Drywall?

Drywall is a commonly-used construction material made from gypsum board. Gypsum board generically refers to a variety of products used to build walls and ceilings. While drywall and gypsum board are often thought of as two unique concepts, they are very similar.

What Is Drywall's R-Value?

Drywall has an approximate R-value of 0.5 for each half-inch of thickness. Ask our team about which types of drywall can best maximize heat flow resistance into your home or commercial building.

What Are the Benefits of Drywall?

Drywall is an excellent choice for residences and commercial buildings for numerous reasons. First and foremost, this material acts as a fantastic weather barrier during Portland's rainy days, and it's also a good insulator. Should you ever encounter a problem with your drywall, repairs are generally straightforward, and installation is a breeze. But perhaps the most enticing benefit of drywall is its affordability when compared to other construction materials.

What Is a Home Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is a method of evaluating your home's energy efficiency. This evaluation is useful as it shows where your home is losing energy and helps experts figure out how to save you money on future energy bills.

How Can I Benefit from a Home Energy Audit? 

Not only can a home energy audit help us identify problems with your insulation and drywall, but it can also save you money in the long run. Poor insulation means your HVAC units must work harder to cool or heat your home, therefore increasing your monthly bill. After a home energy audit and a little help from our team, you'll both save money and enjoy increased energy savings.

Learn More from Our Team

No matter your drywall or insulation need, call on the team at Westside Drywall & Insulation. We're here to answer your questions and act as your go-to contractor whenever you need repairs. Our team is proud to serve the Portland, OR community with our 30 years of experience. Contact us today to get started on your next project.

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