If you’re anything like me, the word “insulation” usually brings to mind something in an attic that looks like cotton candy or snow. What you may not know is how vital insulation is to keeping your home running efficiently. Insulation is put into a home to help keep the home at a consistent temperature and to decrease the transfer of heat. This means the insulations helps prevent heat from leaving your home during the winter and from entering during the summer.
Having quality insulation in your manufactured home can also help lower your energy costs, because your home’s heating and cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a certain temperature.
What kind of insulation do Clayton Built® homes have?
The exact type and R-value of the insulation used in your new Clayton Built® manufactured home will vary based on the home, the facility where it’s built and the home’s final location. This is because HUD code, which sets certain standards and requirements for the construction of manufactured homes, requires a home be built to one of three thermal load zones based on which state the home will be located in. The thermal load zone then determines the maximum amount of heat transmission, or U/O value, for a home.
Thermal Load Zone Map from Manufactured Housing Institute
What does “R-value” mean?
I mentioned the R-value of your home’s insulation earlier, so allow me to explain a little bit more about what that means for you and your home. The “R” in R-value stands for “resistance” or the ability of the insulation to resist the transfer of heat. So, the higher the number, the higher resistance the insulation has against heat passing through it and into or out of your home.
You’ve probably heard that heat rises, which is why the ceiling insulation usually has the highest R-value. This helps prevent the heat from escaping through the roof area during the winter.
When you purchase a Clayton Built® home with our optional Energy Smart Home package, the entire roof cavity is filled with blown-in R33 insulation to help keep your home well insulated from top to bottom. If your home has a vaulted ceiling, the roof insulation will have a maximum value of R30. A layer of quality R22 insulation is used in the subfloor and R11 in the walls.
For an Efficient, Durable Home
Whether it’s added strength in your flooring system or extra protection against the elements, Clayton Built® homes are constructed with families like yours in mind. Using products and materials like quality insulation in every manufactured and modular home we build means your home is designed to last, with energy efficiency in mind. It’s all about providing you a beautiful and innovative home you can enjoy for years to come.
Want to learn even more about our building process? Check out our Clayton Unbuilt tool to take apart one of our homes, from the foundation to the roof and everything in between. It’s a great way to see the details that go into our homes, all without leaving your couch!