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What Does Insulation Look Like?

Does your home have enough insulation? While many homeowners understand (at least partially) the benefits of insulation, they aren’t quite as sure what exactly it looks like or where it is located in their home. In addition to the attic, your walls and basement or crawl space are probably insulated. But what do the different insulation materials 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 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 cellulose or 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 Huntsville & Decatur, AL

The team at American Insulation can help your home become more energy efficient and comfortable through expert insulation installation. No matter your needs, contact us today!

Products We Install
Fiberglass Insulation

Our insulation team installs batt and blown-in fiberglass.

Spray Foam Insulation

American Insulation is proud to be a leading installer of spray foam insulation.

Closets & Shelving

American Insulation installs quality shelving and storage solutions.

Shower Enclosures

American Insulation offers a large assortment of shower doors.


From standard sizes to custom cuts, we offer all types of mirrors.

Bathroom Accessories

American Insulation offers bath accessories for every taste.

Door Hardware

We have the right locks, handles, hinges and other hardware for your project.

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