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Insulation: Batts vs. Blown-In

Thinking about ways you can save money this winter? Consider installing insulation! If your energy bills have been higher than normal for the time of year or it’s drafty and uncomfortable in your home, you may need to re-insulate.

What type of insulation should you install? It’s best to talk to a professional insulation, but for starters, let’s take a look at fiberglass, one of the most commonly installed insulation materials. It is available as both batt and blown-in insulation. What is the difference between the two types?

Blown-In Insulation vs. Batt Insulation

Here are batt and blown-in insulation differences:


Typically made of fiberglass, batt insulation is available in pre-cut panels and is one of the most common forms of insulation. It’s often installed in spaces relatively free of obstructions (such as pipes and wiring). Batt insulation is smoother looking and can almost be thought of as a thermal blanket.


Also called loose-fill insulation, blown-in insulation is installed using a blowing machine. Depending on the material of the insulation, the installation method may vary slightly.

Both blown-in and batt insulation can be installed in different areas of a home, including the attic and the walls. A professional will be able to assess your home and insulation needs to determine which type of insulation would be an ideal solution.

Home Insulation Installation in the Norfolk, VA Area

If you need an insulation company in the southeastern Virginia area, Tidewater Insulators is the company to call. We offer high-quality fiberglass insulation (and other materials) from top manufacturers to help maximize the energy efficiency and comfort of homes.

Whether you want to learn more about insulation or our services—or if you’d like to get a free estimate for your project—get in touch with our experienced team!

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We install insulation in new and existing homes.

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