Fiberglass provides sustainable, non-toxic insulation blown-in material that can be installed without pretreatment.
There are several factors to consider when deciding which insulation to use in their homes including thermal resistance and the installation process. As fiberglass insulation wins the discussion, we will dedicate more detail to why fiberglass is a better bet.
Fiberglass insulation is blown-in insulation made of glass wool. It is commonly used as an air and noise barrier, as well as to provide termite and fire protection.
It’s not practical to use this type of blown-in insulation with studs, furring strips, or cement board when you are framing the walls of your home. However, there are many other options available to use for fumbling materials such as unaccented plywood panels, air sealing tapes, and expanding foam insulation that contains recycled content but also provides similar performance for different budgets.
Blown-in fiberglass insulation is typically found in attics or garages where it does not need to be rigidly attached to framing but still should have proper ventilation.
There are many blown-in insulation materials available on the market today and choosing the correct one for your home is not an easy task. The type of insulation chosen will be largely dependent upon your situation, how long you intend to keep your home, what you plan to use the home for in the future, and whether or not it needs improved sound reduction and projected energy savings.
1) To keep a home cool and dry, fiberglass is an ideal insulation material. It’s important to make sure that during installation there is plenty of perimeter contact between this type of insulation material with materials build with water-resistant materials such as substantial wooden beams in walk-outs since when moisture becomes trapped inside insulation materials its impermeability properties start to lessen.
2) If insulated roof decks are installed over cathedral ceilings or other constructions containing little wall space surrounding the exterior perimeter on eaves or sidewalls installation of blown-in fiberglass as attic insulation should be done upside down so moisture doesn’t collect at