Fiberglass Loose Fill Insulation and Fiberglass Batt Insulation in Orangeville
Understanding residential home insulation
For residential homeowners who are thinking about home insulation, it’s essential to understand some of the basics. Home insulation is basically about eliminating heat transfer. The professionals often refer to “heat flow”, but regardless of terminology, heat transfer isn’t something desirable. During the winter months, heat transfer is the warm air escaping from the home. During the summer months, heat transfer is the hot air that creeps into the home. Either way, heat transfer isn’t desirable – it causes the home to lose energy efficiency and it will result in utility costs that are higher than need be.
Insulation contractors look at a home as a building “envelope". It’s constructed with materials that affect heat transfer - sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way. For homeowners thinking about insulation, the focus should be on eliminating undesirable heat transfer. And whether it’s a product like fiberglass loose fill insulation or fiberglass batt insulation, the intention should be the same. Once heat transfer is eliminated, both energy usage and energy costs will be reduced. Ideally, the annual savings on a well-planned insulation project will make the initial costs worthwhile.
Most importantly, the objective of insulation should be common, regardless of the product. Air movement should be effectively impeded; moisture should be prevented from collecting; and existing R-Value should be measurably enhanced. As for installation, it’s highly recommended to do it professionally. This will assure peak performance for the product installed.
Fiberglass insulation – one of the product options
Throughout North America, fiberglass insulation products have become a popular option. The two main options, fiberglass loose fill insulation and fiberglass batt insulation, are commonly used in roofs and attics. Fiberglass insulation provides suitable levels of R-Value, and will greatly improve energy efficiency from one season to the next. Professionally installed, both products provide a good lifespan and good longevity for R-Value.
For peak performance, fiberglass insulation should be expertly installed. The installation requires both expertise and experience in creating an effective “thermal blanket” wherever installed. Loose-fill insulation, for instance, must be distributed with precise uniformity. Likewise, the fiberglass batts must be installed strategically in order to allow the product to perform. Both of the products are good for “topping up” older insulation.
Some benefits of fiberglass insulation
Both fiberglass batt insulation and fiberglass loose fill insulation are odor-free and asbestos free. They are non- combustible and non-corrosive. Both products contain recycled materials, and most of the brands are officially air-quality certified for residential use. Fiberglass doesn’t retain moisture in small quantities. Long term, neither of the products will settle down measurably.
Both fiberglass batt insulation and fiberglass loose fill insulation are inhospitable to insects and rodents. The products do not provide a breeding ground for mold, and when properly ventilated, fiberglass does not weaken or deteriorate over time. Fiberglass products are affordable for most budgets - a cost-effective installation that results in noticeable annual cost savings.
Some downsides of fiberglass insulation
Neither fiberglass loose-fill nor fiberglass batts will fully address air movement or moisture collection after the installation. This is one of the unfortunate downsides of fiberglass, and should be discussed with the contractor, especially when the insulation project is earmarked for a space like the roof or attic.
Even after being professionally installed, both of the fiberglass products (on their own) will still allow for some air movement. In short, fiberglass doesn’t completely seal a space, and when a space is not 100% sealed, it’s also not 100% insulated - another good discussion between homeowner and contractor.
Wetness is a definite downside for fiberglass. When fiberglass insulation is somehow compromised by water, even partially, it will lose its product integrity, as well as its R-Value. With time, wetness will cause deterioration of the insulation and will necessitate removal so that additional damage is prevented.
Wetness can also cause fiberglass insulation to become a home for mold. In situations where mold growth remains unnoticed, mold can easily spread and affect the air quality in the home. Here again, the insulation will have to be removed, and the mold infestation eradicated before re-insulating.
Spray foam insulation – an alternative to fiberglass
Because of the downsides of fiberglass insulation, many contractors are now recommending spray foam as an alternative for residential homes and commercial projects. A good spray foam application creates an impervious “envelope” to prevent both air movement and moisture collection. Spray foam seals up a space better than any other product – it therefore counterweighs some of the weaknesses of fiberglass.
Air leakage in a building “envelope” is problematic for the insulation professional, and stopping that air leakage is integral to a successful install. This is where spray foam exceeds the effectiveness of other products, assuring a completely airtight space, along with high R-Values, and enhanced energy efficiency. Spray foam has quickly become a product-of-choice for attic spaces, roof cavities, and basement living spaces.
The “hybrid” installation – a cost-effective installation
Industry wide, spray foam insulation has become the go-to product. There are more benefits in one application than other products can offer, and the final results go far beyond other insulation options. This is why many contractors are advising homeowners in Orangeville to install spray foam and to undertake the long-term investment.
However, as a premium insulation product, spray foam may be costly for some project budgets. In response, the professionals at Great Northern Insulation have created a “hybrid” installation. It’s an installation option that incorporates one of the fibreglass products with a spray foam application into a combined installation.
The “hybrid” installation from GNI offers excellent results, long-term benefits, and a cost-effective insulation project that is affordable for most budgets. Best of all, the “pay-back” period on initial investment makes the overall project well worthwhile. For homeowners in Orangeville, the “hybrid” install can make the difference.
At the end of the day, regardless of product choice, the professionals at Great Northern Insulation assures a level of complete customer satisfaction – with products and installations that are guaranteed.