Various Insulation Methods that Makes a Difference

Wall, floors and ceilings within your home will never be without obstacles and cavities like air ducts, plumbing and especially wiring systems running around. For insulation to work effectively, all areas must be absolutely covered.

The cellulose insulation procedure is the perfect method to have all those obstacles covered so your home can achieve that perfect insulation that will surely protect your home and your family against the harsh elements outdoors.

There are four major types of loose-fill cellulose products, each best for different parts of a structure and for different reasons.

  • Dry Cellulose (Loose-Fill) – Blown into holes in walls during retrofits or blown into a new wall construction with the use of temporary retainers or netting. An experienced installer can dense-pack install by placing pressure on the cavity to further reduce settling and minimize gaps.

  • Spray-Applied Cellulose (Damp-Spray) – Used for new wall construction. This form requires expensive equipment that adds water to the cellulose while spraying it. Sometimes, installers mix in small amounts of liquid adhesive or the added water activates a dry adhesive present in the cellulose. Damp-spray installation seals walls better but requires a minimum dry time of 24 hours, or until a 25 percent or less moisture level is reached.

  • Stabilized Cellulose – Ideal for attic and roof insulation, especially with sloped roofs. A small amount of water is applied during installation that activates an adhesive. Less cellulose is needed and the overall weight of the product on the ceiling drywall is less, which can help prevent possible sag.

  • Low-Dust Cellulose – Simple dust masks are recommended during the installation of any form of cellulose because a nuisance amount of dust is emitted. Low-dust cellulose has a small percentage of oil or dust dampener added. It is recommended for homes where someone is sensitive to newsprint or paper dust, though new dust will not be created after installation is complete.

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Cellulose insulation is made with recycled newspaper and or cardboard. Machines grind and remove dust, a fire retardant is added and government standards guide proper installation of the finished product.  Today, insulating a typical 1,500 sq. ft. ranch-style home with cellulose recycles as much newsprint as an individual will consume in 40 years.  The use of cellulose is currently increasing because studies have suggested it can protect a structure from fire damage better than fiberglass and it is the greenest form of insulation.    

Heat moves into, out of and through your home in four ways: by conduction (which R-Value measures), and by convection, radiation and air infiltration (none of which

R-Value measures). A superior insulation system will have a high R-Value (prevent heat transfer via conduction), will be pneumatically or spray applied, fully filling the building cavity (preventing heat loss via convection), and will be densely packed (preventing heat loss via air infiltration and radiation). Cellulose insulation meets all four of these critical performance criteria! By comparison, the most widely used insulation material, conventional fiberglass batts, only helps prevent conduction.

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1. Thermal Performance
Compared to other insulation procedures, loosely filled cellulose functions better in terms of thermal performance. The thermal conductivity of such loose fill cellulose arrangement is about an R-value of about 3.8/inch. This barrier is just as hard as rock and glass wool, or probably much better. There is more though; its thermal performance features are well affected by how well the building is enveloped and sealed from all the air infiltration, thermal bridging and connective airflows.

2. Long-term Savings and Cost Considerations
Compared to other conventional methods like foam insulation, the cellulose insulation procedure may present a much lower R-value for every inch, but at the same time is much less expensive. This is one good reason why this particular insulation procedure is much better and feasible compared to others. Also, cellulose qualities in the insulation process have the potential to save homeowners about 20 to as high as 50 percent on utility bills. This is very handy especially if you consider long-term implications.

3. Sound Insulation
The cellulose material is fully capable of achieving sound insulation. Since this particular material is well able to fill all areas especially those hard to reach portions, it prevents sound from coming through small air pockets that sound supposedly travels with. Cellulose material is also well able to trap air. It is proven much denser than fiberglass.

4. Molds prevention and Pest Control
The borates used in the cellulose insulation procedure provide for an effective control over molds and prevent them from spreading. There have been reports that months of water saturation after post insulation procedures never resulted into the manifestations of molds over.5. Fire Retardation
Again the borate treatment allows the cellulose materials the highest possible fire safety rating (Class I).  This prompted companies to utilize a blend of borate and ammonium sulfate.

5. Fire Retardant
Again the borate treatment allows the cellulose materials the highest possible fire safety rating (Class I).  This prompted companies to utilize a blend of borate and ammonium sulfate.