If you’re installing ceiling insulation in an existing home, then two common alternatives are insulation batts, and insulation rolls.
Insulation batts vs rolls – is one better than the other?
The short answer is no – both products are equally effective in insulating your ceiling space. The main difference is the method to install the insulation. While rolls can be ‘rolled’ out between the ceiling joists, insulation batts are installed in pieces. If you are installing insulation across the joists, to eliminate thermal bridging, and if your ceiling space has very few obstacles and a lot of room to work in, you may find that installing insulation rolls is a suitable option.
However if you have a tight ceiling space and have some additional obstacles such as ventilation pipes or electrical cables, then you will find it easier to install insulation batts, as rolled insulation will tend to catch more on these obstructions. There is an argument which suggests that rolls of insulation are better because there are less ‘gaps’ for air to escape through. This is hardly relevant; if the insulation batts are installed correctly with a snug fit, there will be no noticeable difference in the performance of the insulation. No matter which product or brand of insulation you choose to install, and whether or not you prefer working with a batt or an insulation roll, remember that the intention is to provide a thermal barrier between the outside environment and the living area inside the house.
Our verdict – Insulation Batts vs Insulation rolls
In most situations, we would recommend insulation batts as the best and most cost effective option. Insulation batts such as Knauf Thermal Ceiling Insulation are a fantastic option. They come in compression packed bags, saving you time on getting the insulation into the ceiling.
Once you have got the bags up there, split them one at the time, and install all the pieces from the first bag before opening the next bag. If you need more advice on your home insulation project please contact our friendly team. We have years of experience both selling and installing insulation and can help advise you on the best options for you project, and also give you some great tips for how to make the job as easy as possible for yourself.