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Does your home lack the comfort you want during extreme weather? From sunshine to snowfall, you should feel comfortable year-round! Minnesota Coating Solutions can help you get more than just comfort - we can help you boost energy savings and efficiency as well! Our spray foam insulation, cellulose insulation, or fiberglass insulation options are affordable, fast, clean, and effective.

Working on a new construction? Protect your home for years to come from foundation leaks that can happen without proper protection. Your foundation is exposed to soil moisture, hydrostatic pressure, and soil gasses, so let Minnesota Coating waterproof the foundation!

Energy Auditing   Recreational Coating   Foundation Water-Proofing   Spray Foam Insulation

Cellulose Insulation   Fiberglass Insulation   Roof Re-Coating

What is R-Value?

Insulation ratings are measured in R-values per inch of thickness. An R-value tells you how well a type of insulation can keep heat from leaving or entering your home. Insulation R-values vary based on the type, thickness and density of the insulation material. Typically, a higher insulation R rating means better climate control and better energy efficiency for your home. A higher insulation R-value usually means a higher price point as well. 

For every type and material of insulation, check the R-value per inch of thickness that the manufacturer has listed. In general, the insulation’s method of installation can give you an idea of how it compares to other types of insulation. 

Here are the installation methods from lowest to highest average R-value per inch: 

  • Blown-in (or loose-fill) insulation
  • Insulation blankets (batts and rolls)
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Foam board insulation 


Your home doesn’t necessarily need the highest R-value insulation. The R-value your insulation needs depends on your local climate.  

The map above shows each region of the U.S. and the Department of Energy’s corresponding climate zone. Once you find your home’s zone on this map, you can determine the minimum R-value your insulation should have. 

Note that the material the insulation is made from will change the R-value as well.  Radiant barriers and vapor barriers are not rated by R-values