Putting your money into the energy efficiency of your home will pay dividends year after year, especially with the rising costs of energy across the country. One of the many insulation materials used in homes is fiberglass since it is so popular, friendly towards to environment, and works so well in roofs, attic spaces, basements, and of course in your entire home. The question that often comes up is that with new technologies in insulation, is fiberglass still the best choice?
What is Fiberglass Insulation?
Believe it or not, as the name implies, it is actually made almost entirely of glass, and as an insulator of heat and cold, it keeps air from escaping and slows down the transfer of heat from the outside of your home to the inside and most often, fiberglass is made in the form of a blanket that is called batts.
Another form of fiberglass is loose-fill, but either way, their resistance to heat which is measured by the term R-value is excellent and can range from R11 to R19 for the walls of your home and can reach as high as R30 for your ceilings and attic spaces.
Unlike many home improvement projects, installing fiberglass insulation is not too difficult, but it’s extremely important that proper installation is adhered to if you want the benefits of a well-insulated home.
Fiberglass Insulation Pros
Flexible Since it’s available in pre-cut sections, loose-fill, and rolls, it is very adaptable for installation since it can be installed between studs, rafters, joists, and really any area that needs insulation and that’s why it can be a very affordable solution when compared to other insulation materials such as spray foam.
Fiberglass insulation can reduce your cooling and heating energy costs by as much as 40% to 50% as well as reduce outside noise, but as mentioned before, if it’s not installed right then over time it will lose its thermal abilities.
Fiberglass is made from recycled materials, almost 30%, and it’s the least costly of insulation materials which is why is so widely used across the world.
Fiberglass Insulation Cons
Even though it has many advantages over other forms of insulation, it does have some downsides to consider and we need to pay close attention. While it’s installed very easily, too many people install it incorrectly.
In areas of the country with levels of high humidity, fiberglass can be inefficient at keeping moisture away. Leaks from your roof can cause mold and mildew to form.
Exchange of Air
Fiberglass, when compared to other forms of insulation, is not as dense and can lead to leakage of air. You need a seal that is as airtight as possible in order to reduce the possibility of letting your conditioned air inside your home escape to the outside.
Is fiberglass worth it after all? The answer is yes, if it is installed correctly and that’s why it is so important to hire the right company to do the job correct the first time and you don’t need to look any further than Carrollton Insulation Pros. We’ve installed insulation hundreds of times in residential and commercial sites and have many customers that are saving hundreds of dollars on their energy bills. So call today for a free quote and start saving now.
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