Retrofitting your insulation in the attic using an eco-friendly insulating material will enhance your green credentials and provide you with some excellent health benefits, all thanks to new, earth-friendly products. The attic insulation installation services provided by us at Attic Guys can also lead to energy savings and more efficient homes.
There are so many options when it comes to insulation! Installers’ goal is to help resist the flow of heat from the sun to your roof through your attic and into the living space. It also often prevents the escape of heat in cold weather. So the aim of installing insulation in attic spaces is to make the entire home more energy-efficient; it’s one of the most important projects a homeowner can do to save energy.
We can break down the most common types of insulation by putting them in three major categories: cellulose, fiberglass, and foam. Cellulose is the most “green” option; it’s basically finely chopped newspaper. Fiberglass can be thought of as thinly stretched strings of glass, which are then bunched together to make a batten or batt. Foam insulation, which is installed on the underside of the roof, is similar to foam expelled from a spray can that then hardens, on a larger scale. Since we don’t install foam insulation for several reasons, let’s look a bit closer at cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation.
Cellulose insulation is often composed of newspaper or other recycled plant products, like cotton. The insulation comes in block form, as seen on the left. As insulation installers, we often prefer this material due to its eco-friendliness. One of our favored types of insulation is a cellulose material composed of post-industrial denim, which would normally go to waste.
Fiberglass insulation is made of pulled glass that is glued together by a binder. Over the years, the binders used to glue the fibers together have become more and more earth- and people-friendly. Most fiberglass products now utilize a plant-based binder. Fiberglass insulation comes in loose-fill, rolls, or strips of insulation as seen on the right. (In the promotional photo on the right, rolls of fiberglass insulation are at front-right, strips of fiberglass insulation are at front-left, and loose fiberglass insulation is at back-left.)
Choosing the Right Solution for Your Home or Business
Both cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation provide excellent thermal insulating power. Solely based on R-value, or resistance value, they can both be installed to resist the flow of heat at relatively the same level. This is commonly expressed as R-13 for walls and R-38 for attics. Fiberglass is naturally resistant to fire, whereas cellulose is treated with a fire retardant. During the installation, cellulose is dustier than fiberglass, and fiberglass is itchier than cellulose. R-38 cellulose is 10.77 inches thick; R-38 fiberglass is 12 inches thick. Fiberglass weighs less than cellulose, which is not a factor in an attic but may be a factor in a garage, for example. Cellulose and fiberglass have many similar characteristics, but at the end of the day, it comes down to a homeowner’s preference. If you’re not sure which type to install, insulation experts at Attic Guys may discuss with you which option would best fit your home or other building during your free estimate.
Choose the Attic Experts at Attic Guys
We are the top attic insulation installation contractors out there, with years of experience with removing and installing insulation materials in attics and crawl spaces for both residential and commercial buildings. Allow us to take care of installing attic insulation for you; we’d be happy to help you complete this and any attic-cleaning-related project you may need done. Contact us for a free quote, and allow us to be your insulation installer today!