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Understanding The different Types Of Insulation
It’s essential to understand the various types of insulation available, such as attic insulation and wall insulation, before choosing the best insulation service for your building. This knowledge can help you select the most suitable insulation for your location, climate, and construction type. Additionally, it’s crucial to ensure that the insulation is installed correctly and effectively by a reliable insulation company. If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact us to provide an inspection.
We offer eco-friendly insulation options to reduce the environmental impact of your building. Improved energy efficiency and reduced heating and cooling costs are just a few of the benefits of choosing the right insulation for your building.
R-value is known as the thermal resistance of the insulation. this may impact the insulation’s effectiveness in regulating temperature. By giving our team a call, we can help you choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.
Fiberglass is a common type of insulation material that is made from very fine glass fibers. It is available in various forms, including blanket (batts and rolls), loose-fill, rigid boards, and duct insulation. To create fiberglass insulation, manufacturers melt glass and then spin or blow it into fibers, which are then formed into the desired shape. Many manufacturers use between 40% to 60% recycled glass content in their fiberglass insulation products.
If you’re concerned about the potential health risks associated with formaldehyde in insulation, you’ll be happy to know that some companies, such as Johns Manville, manufacture blow-in insulation that is formaldehyde-free. This means that the insulation is made without using formaldehyde, a chemical that is sometimes used in insulation products and has been linked to health problems in some studies. By choosing formaldehyde-free insulation, you can help ensure that your home is safe and healthy for you and your family. Click her to see which brands we use that are formaldehyde-free
Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper products, primarily newsprint, and has a very high recycled material content, generally 82% to 85%. The paper is first reduced to small pieces and then fiberized, creating a product that packs tightly into building cavities.
Manufacturers add the mineral borate, sometimes blended with the less costly ammonium sulfate, to ensure fire and insect resistance. Cellulose insulation, when installed at proper densities, cannot settle in a building cavity.
Cellulose insulation is used in both new and existing homes, as loose-fill in open attic installations and dense packed in building cavities such as walls and cathedral ceilings. In existing structures, installers remove a strip of exterior siding, usually about waist high; drill a row of three-inch holes, one into each stud bay, through the wall sheathing; insert a special filler tube to the top of the wall cavity; and blow the insulation into the building cavity, typically to a density of 1.5 to 3.5 lb. per cubic foot. When installation is complete, the holes are sealed with a plug and the siding is replaced and touched up if necessary to match the wall.
In new construction, cellulose can be either damp-sprayed or installed dry behind netting. When damp sprayed, a small amount of moisture is added at the spray nozzle tip, activating natural starches in the product, and causing it to adhere inside the cavity. Damp-sprayed cellulose is typically ready for wall covering within 24 hours of installation. Cellulose can also be blown dry into netting stapled over building cavities.
Mineral wool insulation, also known as rock wool insulation, is a type of insulation made from natural minerals like basalt or diabase. It is a man-made material that contains an average of 75% post-industrial recycled content, making it an environmentally friendly option. Mineral wool insulation is naturally fire-resistant and does not require additional chemicals to achieve this property.
Mineral wool insulation products come in various forms, such as board, batt, loose-fill, spray-applied, and pipe insulation. Whatever its form, mineral wool insulation resists mold, fungi, and bacteria growth because the material is inorganic. It also offers enhanced protection against damaging moisture. Mineral wool insulation is widely used in residential and commercial buildings as it is non-combustible and fire-resistant up to about 1,400 degrees.
Moreover, mineral wool insulation retains heat well and traps air, which slows the transfer of heat. It has a higher R-value per inch when compared to fiberglass batts, making it an excellent insulation option. Mineral wool insulation is available as blanket (batts and rolls) and loose-fill insulation, making it easy to install in a variety of settings
Blow In Insulation Also Known as Loose fill Insulation
Blow-in insulation, also known as loose-fill insulation, is a popular choice for attic insulation and wall insulation due to its cost-effective effectiveness. It’s made from materials such as fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool and is applied using an insulation-blowing machine to fill gaps, cracks, and crevices in your attic or walls. This method of application is used to fit insulation on your attic floor in ceiling joists. The R-value of blow-in insulation is a measure of its effectiveness in regulating temperature, with higher R-values indicating better insulation performance. Depending on the location of the blow-in insulation, a different layer of material may be required. If you’re looking for options for blow-in insulation, we can help you choose the best materials for your specific needs.
This insulation is blown into ceiling joists and attics and is made from Fiberglass, Cellulose or mineral wool. It is great for filling up any gaps, cracks or crevices in your house. We commonly use blow in insulation for attics because of the easy application and thermal properties it provides.
spray foam insulation and the different types:
Spray foam insulation is a type of insulation that is applied as a liquid and then expands to fill the space it is sprayed into. It is made by mixing two chemicals, polyol resin and isocyanate, which react when combined to create a foam that adheres to surfaces and expands to fill gaps and cracks.
There are two main types of spray foam insulation: open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell spray foam insulation is less dense and has a spongy texture, while closed-cell spray foam insulation is more dense and has a harder texture. Here are some key differences between the two types:
In addition to these two main types, there are also hybrid spray foam insulation products that combine open-cell and closed-cell foam. These products are designed to provide the benefits of both types of foam, such as improved insulation and moisture resistance.
Overall, spray foam insulation is a versatile and effective insulation option that can be used in a variety of settings, including attics, walls, and crawl spaces. If you’re interested in installing spray foam insulation in your home, it’s best to consult with a professional insulation contractor to determine which type of spray foam insulation is best for your needs. There are two main types of spray foam insulation: open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell spray foam insulation is less dense and has a spongy texture, while closed-cell spray foam insulation is more dense and has a harder texture. Here are some key differences between the two types:
spray foam insulation Key Benefits
- Spray foam insulation provides superior insulation performance by filling gaps and cavities, creating an airtight seal, and reducing heat loss and gain.
- It can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the infiltration of outdoor pollutants and allergens.
- Spray foam insulation can provide good acoustic performance by reducing sound transmission through walls, ceilings, and floors.
- It can help prevent moisture infiltration and reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth.
- Spray foam insulation is durable and long-lasting, and can help improve the overall energy efficiency and comfort of a building.
- It can also help reduce utility bills and save homeowners money on heating and cooling costs over time.
- Spray foam insulation is versatile and can be used in a variety of settings, including attics, walls, and crawl spaces.
- It can be a good option for buildings with irregular shapes or hard-to-reach areas that are difficult to insulate with traditional insulation materials.
Overall, spray foam insulation is a highly effective insulation option that can provide a range of benefits for homeowners and building owners, including improved energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality. It’s important to work with a professional insulation contractor to determine the best type of spray foam insulation for a particular building and its specific needs.
Batt and Rolled Insulation
Batt and rolled insulation are types of insulation that come in pre-cut sheets or rolls and are designed to fit between the studs, joists, and rafters of a building. They are some of the most common types of insulation used in homes and buildings.
Batt insulation is made of fiberglass, mineral wool, or cotton, and comes in pre-cut sheets that are designed to fit between the studs, joists, and rafters of a building. Batt insulation is typically available in widths of 16 or 24 inches and thicknesses ranging from 3.5 to 12 inches. It can be used in walls, ceilings, and floors and is relatively easy to install.
Rolled insulation is similar to batt insulation but comes in long rolls that can be cut to fit the specific dimensions of a building. Rolled insulation is also made of fiberglass, mineral wool, or cotton and is available in widths of 16, 24, or 48 inches and thicknesses ranging from 3.5 to 12 inches. It can be used in walls, ceilings, and floors and is relatively easy to install.
There are several different types of batt and rolled insulation, including:
Fiberglass batt insulation: made of glass fibers and is one of the most common types of insulation used in homes and buildings.
Mineral wool batt insulation: made of rock wool and is known for its fire-resistant properties.
Cotton batt insulation: made of recycled cotton and is an eco-friendly insulation option.
Overall, batt and rolled insulation are versatile and cost-effective insulation options that can provide good thermal and acoustic performance. The specific type of insulation used will depend on the specific needs of a building and its occupants. It’s important to work with a professional insulation contractor to determine the best insulation solution for a particular building.
Attic Air Sealing and Insulation Removal
Attic Air Sealing
Attic Air Sealing is the process of identifying and sealing air leaks in the attic to prevent unwanted air movement between the living space and the attic. Air leaks can occur through gaps, cracks, and holes in the attic floor, which can allow warm air to escape during the winter and hot air to enter during the summer. By sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or other materials, homeowners can improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air sealing can save homeowners up to 20% on heating and cooling costs 1. In addition to reducing energy consumption, attic air sealing can also improve indoor air quality, prevent moisture problems, and increase the lifespan of HVAC equipment 2.
is the process of removing old or damaged insulation from a building’s attic, walls, or floors. There are several reasons why insulation removal may be necessary, such as when the insulation has become contaminated with mold, pests, or other pollutants, or when it has deteriorated over time and is no longer effective. In some cases, insulation removal may also be necessary before installing new insulation, especially if the old insulation is incompatible with the new material or if there are safety concerns. Insulation removal is typically done by a professional contractor using specialized equipment, such as a vacuum or blower, to safely and efficiently remove the insulation without causing damage to the building or exposing occupants to harmful particles.
Spray foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation can provide good acoustic performance by reducing sound transmission through walls, ceilings, and floors. The foam fills gaps and cavities, creating an airtight seal that reduces the amount of noise that can pass through. The specific acoustic performance of spray foam insulation can vary depending on the type of foam used, the thickness of the application, and the construction of the building.
Open-cell spray foam insulation has a lower density than closed-cell spray foam insulation, which can make it a better option for absorbing sound waves. Closed-cell spray foam insulation, on the other hand, is denser and can provide better sound insulation by blocking sound transmission.
It’s important to note that while spray foam insulation can provide good acoustic performance, it may not be the best option for every situation. Other factors, such as the thickness of the walls and the type of construction, can also affect the acoustic performance of a building. A professional insulation contractor can help determine the best insulation solution for a particular building and its acoustic needs.
According to Knauf Insulation, fiberglass batt insulation with innovative ECOSE technology can provide good acoustic performance by reducing sound transmission through walls, floors, and ceilings. Owens Corning also provides a technical data sheet for their Sound Attenuation Batts insulation, which shows the acoustic performance of their fiberglass batt insulation in various wall systems.
However, it’s important to note that the acoustic performance of batt and roll insulation can vary depending on the specific type of insulation used, the thickness of the application, and the construction of the building. In general, batt and roll insulation can provide some level of acoustic performance by reducing sound transmission through walls, floors, and ceilings, but it may not be as effective as other types of insulation specifically designed for soundproofing.
Overall, while batt and roll insulation can provide some acoustic performance, the specific level of performance will depend on the specific type of insulation used and the construction of the building. It’s important to work with a professional insulation contractor to determine the best insulation solution for a particular building.
Health Impact Of Insulation
Blow-in insulation is generally safe when properly installed, but damaged, exposed, or old insulation can pose health risks. Exposure to some insulation products can cause certain health effects if the product is mishandled, misapplied, or if the wrong product is used in certain environments. Common health effects of direct insulation exposure may include skin and respiratory issues. Some types of insulation may contain formaldehyde
If you’re concerned about the potential health risks associated with formaldehyde in insulation, you’ll be happy to know that some companies, such as Johns Manville, manufacture blow-in insulation that is formaldehyde-free. This means that the insulation is made without using formaldehyde, a chemical that is sometimes used in insulation products and has been linked to health problems in some studies. By choosing formaldehyde-free insulation, you can help ensure that your home is safe and healthy for you and your family.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation can pose health risks if not installed or handled properly. The chemicals used to create spray foam insulation, such as isocyanates, can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation, asthma, and sensitization. Exposure to these chemicals can occur during installation, but can also occur after installation if the foam is not fully cured or if it is disturbed in some way, such as during remodeling or demolition.
In addition to the risks associated with the chemicals used to create spray foam insulation, some types of insulation may contain toxic chemical flame retardants, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can also pose health risks.
To minimize the health risks associated with spray foam insulation, it is important to work with a professional insulation contractor who is trained in the safe installation and handling of spray foam insulation, and to ensure that the area is well-ventilated during and after installation. Homeowners should also be aware of the potential health effects and safe handling procedures for chemicals used in spray foam insulation.
Overall, while spray foam insulation can be an effective insulation option, it is important to take the necessary precautions to minimize the potential health risks associated with its installation and use.
Batt and Rolled Insulation
Batt and rolled insulation can pose potential health risks if not installed or handled properly. Exposure to insulation fibers can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation. In addition, some types of insulation may contain toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause respiratory problems.
It’s important to note that when properly installed, batt and roll insulation is generally safe. However, damaged, exposed, or old insulation can pose health risks. Asbestos insulation or contaminated vermiculite is also carcinogenic and should be avoided.
Overall, it’s important to work with a professional insulation contractor who can recommend the best insulation solution for a particular building and ensure that the insulation is installed safely and correctly.