When it comes to insulating your home’s attic, there is no shortage of options. One of the most used types is fiberglass insulation. You may have seen this pink product around. Fiberglass has a proven record of keeping home’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This insulant is often seen as batt insulation, but it can be found as a loose fill or blown-in insulation.
What is it?
This insulant consists of fine glass fibers that are arranged with a binder. The final result will have a texture that looks similar to wool. Most manufacturers make medium- and high-density batt insulation. These versions will have an R-Value that is higher than standard batts. Fiberglass can be fitted between studs, joists, and beams or blown in along your attic floor.
Is fiberglass insulation dangerous to breathe?
While the idea of glass fibers floating around the air of your home may seem dangerous there is very little evidence to indicate long term health effects from fiberglass exposure. It has been shown to irritate skin and respitory systems in the short term and can create complications for those already suffering from astham or other repsitory issues.
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Is there asbestos in fiberglass?
No, there is no asbestos used in any modern day insulation products that are manufatured in North America. There are regulations in place that keep asbestos out of products that will be used in homes or businesses.
How Does it Work?
During the binding process, small pockets of air will be trapped between the fibers. These pockets of air create a thermal barrier that limits the transfer of energy in and out of your home. In the hot months, it will keep the heat out and in the cold months, it will keep the heat in. This will limit the load on your furnace and AC. The R-value of fiberglass depends on the density and form you use but generally, it ranges from 2.2-3.8 per inch.
What Should I Expect During Installation?
The method used for installing your insulant will change based on the product style and location of install. With loose fill, the insulant will be sent through a hose to your attic where it will be blown on to the floor until the desired depth is reached. With batt, our crews will cut the product to size and secure the strips between the studs in your wall or layer the strips on top of each other and between your floor joists.
Do you install fiberglass insulation near me?
Pro Home Improvement’s offices are near the border of Ferndale and Detroit, MI. We regularly install fiberglass insulation for residents all over Metro Detroit. From Ann Arbor all the way up to Flint, we have proven ourselves as the best local insulation contractors. We provide free inspections prior to all estimates and include yearly inspections on all finished projects.