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What Does Insulation Look Like?

Does your home have adequate levels of insulation? While many homeowners understand (at least to a degree) the benefits of insulation, they aren’t as sure what it looks like or where it is in their home. In addition to the attic, your walls and basement or crawl space are probably insulated. But what do the different types of insulation look like?

Here are some images of insulation materials that can be installed in both new and existing homes:

What Does Spray Foam Insulation Look Like?

Spray foam insulation (commonly made of polyurethane) is applied wet and expands into thick foam that fits snugly in wall cavities, crevices, and gaps. It is usually white in color or a similar shade.

Spray Foam Insulation

What Does Fiberglass Insulation Look Like?

Made of tiny glass fibers, fiberglass insulation can be installed in many areas of a home. Owens Corning fiberglass is pink, but this type of insulation comes in various other colors, from yellow to white to brown. It’s available in and blown-in (top image) and batt (bottom image) form.

Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation

Batt Fiberglass Insulation

What Does Radiant Barrier Look Like?

Radiant barrier insulation is made of a reflective foil surface applied to a substrate material. It is typically installed right under the roof, in the attic. This is exactly what it looks like—foil on the attic ceiling.

Radiant Barrier Insulation

What Does Asbestos Look Like?

Vermiculite insulation, which should be removed, isn’t used in modern homes because it can contain asbestos. It consists of very small, lightweight pellets. Asbestos looks like loose gray material, similar in appearance to types of blown-in fiberglass. If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier and you have loose-fill insulation in the attic, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos.

Insulation Contractors Serving Tulsa & Surrounding Areas in Oklahoma

The team at Installed Building Products Tulsa can help your home become more energy efficient and comfortable through expert insulation installation. Whether you need spray foam, fiberglass or something in between, contact us!

Residential Insulation

We offer a wide assortment of insulation products to suit your specific needs.

Commercial Insulation

We insulate metal buildings, warehouses and other commercial properties.


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