Fiberglass Insulation is a green, renewable material that reduces your energy bills and the carbon footprint of your home. It is manufactured from sand and glass that are derived from recycled materials, which saves energy and resources.
Whether you are building a new home or upgrading the insulation in an existing one, there are many things to consider before making your choice. The first is the type of material you want to use to insulate your house and the level of protection you need it to have against the elements.
There are many different types of insulation and each comes with its own set of benefits and problems. The best way to determine which one will suit your needs is to talk with Complete Insulation.
The most common and cost-effective type of insulation is fiberglass, which has been around since the 1870s. It is available in blanket form, called batts, as well as bags containing standard pre-cut lengths and widths.
When properly installed, fiberglass insulation limits air movement, preventing heat from escaping the walls and keeping your rooms comfortable. It also allows for adequate ventilation so you don’t get too hot or too cold in your home.
It is also a great way to reduce energy costs by insulating your attic. The R-Value of fiberglass is high, which means it will trap pockets of air that will slow down the flow of heat and keep you warmer or cooler in your home.
A good example of fiberglass insulation is Owens Corning’s Guardian Supercube II, a product that provides a high R-Value of R-11 to R-60 for open attics and R-15 to R69 for closed cavities.
This type of fiberglass insulation can be blown into the attic space using a blower machine that is specifically designed to fill gaps between joists and other obstructions in an attic. It can be used to insulate the attic of a newly constructed home as well as an older one with prior insulation in place.
Another common insulation material is spray foam, which is a type of polyurethane that expands when it is sprayed into the attic. However, the process of sprayed insulation is very complicated and can be hazardous if done incorrectly.
It is a great option for insulating your attic when it’s located above a garage or an attached shed, but not for an attic that is located below a living space, such as a basement or crawlspace. It does not reach the same R-value heights as fiberglass and is more expensive than loose-fill or blown-in types of insulation.
A great option for a low-ceilinged or secluded attic, loose-fill blown-in fiberglass can be placed and blown in by an insulation contractor. The blower machine is designed to fill the gaps between joists with chunks of insulation that can be purchased in bags and can be easily blown into the attic.