While the most common form of insulation found in homes is fiberglass, cellulose insulation is a sound alternative. Cellulose insulation is among the oldest forms of insulation was notably used to insulate Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Modern cellulose insulation is typically made from ground up recycled paper or recycled denim which is treated to help it become fire resistant and deter pest issues. The term cellulose actually refers to the cell structure of plant fiber and indeed straw, hay bales, and cotton as have all been used as material to make cellulose insulation in the past. This insulation became particularly popular during the 70’s oil crisis as heating costs soared.
Cellulose insulation is generally applied by blowing in loose fill to cover an area but can also be dense packed into floors and walls. It can also be applied via wet-spray, which is a messy endeavor, but removes the requirement of having a temporary retainer to hold the insulation. It also creates a better seal against air infiltration and settles more evenly.
Some advantages of cellulose are its low-cost and the fact it can be handled without the skin irritation that comes with fiberglass insulation. It has grown in popularity recently as a ‘green’ building alternative since it uses mostly recycled materials. Cellulose insulation also has a higher R-value rating than conventional insulation and is better at creating a sound barrier than other insulation options. Contrary to belief, it is actually a better fire barrier than other insulations as well.
To learn more about the advantages of cellulose insulation, please feel free to contact us. Banker Insulation will help you weigh your options and make the best insulation choice for your residential or commercial property.