What are the differences in R-value?

The resistance to conductive heat flow of insulation is measured or rated based on its thermal resistance or R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the more resistance to heat flow it has. Every type of insulation has a different R-value, its based on its thickness and the density. When you calculate the R-value of a multilayered installation, add the R-values of each layer. The more insulation your home has the more resistant to heat flow it is. To find out how much insulation you need for your climate, schedule a free estimate with one of our customer service representatives by clicking here.

The thermal resistance of insulation also depends on how and where it is installed. Heat flows more readily through joists, studs and other building materials. This is known as thermal bridging, to reduce this heat flow filling building cavities can reduce airflow and can also reduce heat loss.

Can fiberglass insulation catch fire?

Molten glass is spun or blown into fibers creating Fiberglass loose-fill insulation. Some manufacturers use 20% to 30% recycled glass content. Fiberglass is composed of inorganic materials, therefore it is a noncombustible insulation material that is not flammable. 

*Most insulation products are manufactured with fire resistant properties. This reduces the chance of fire but does not eliminate it.

What types of insulation do you offer?

Fiberglass Insulation

Composition: Fiberglass is a type of fiber made up of natural ingredients such as sand along with recycled products such as window glass and bottles. 

Introduced: First trademarked in 1938 it was used in different products such as boat hulls, clothing, fishing rods and in automobiles in the year 1953.

Types: Blanket (batts and rolls), Loose-Fill, Rigid Boards

Advantages: Fiberglass insulation can have various implementations. Today it is widely used as a residential and commercial thermal insulator. This type of insulation can save you energy keeping the home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. As a result less energy is being used throughout the home saving you money. Using less energy reduces the demand for power plants reducing carbon emissions. Contributing to a healthier environment and helps prevent global warming. 

Cellulose Insulation Material

Composition: Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper products such as newspaper. Almost all of it is composed of recycled materials, 82% - 85%. The paper is cut up into very small pieces and then fiberized, this creates a product that can fit tightly into building cavities. It has an R-value of 3.6 to 3.8 per inch.

Types: Loose-fill

Advantages: The mineral borate helps create resistance against fire and insects. Some manufacturing companies use ammonium sulfate. 

Why insulate?

Insulation helps your home become more energy efficient. Poor insulation and leaks can drive up your utility bills. Installing insulation can save you a lot of money by keeping your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Insulation also helps reduce unwanted outside noise keeping your home peaceful and quiet.