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Fiberglass Loose Fill Insulation and Fiberglass Batt Insulation in Haldimand County

With a home insulation project, it’s useful when the homeowner understands the basics

With insulation, it’s not really necessary for a homeowner to get too technical. But it’s certainly useful to understand the basics.  For those who are purchasing fiberglass loose fill insulation or fiberglass batt insulation in Haldimand County, understanding the basics will make for a productive working relationship with a prospective contractor. The basics are actually simple: insulation is about impeding “heat flow”. In wintertime, it’s about preventing heat from flowing outside. In summertime, it’s about preventing outdoor heat from flowing in. By any description, “heat flow” isn’t good. It compromises energy efficiency throughout a home, and results in higher heating and cooling costs seasonally.

For professional contractors, “heat flow” is a critical component when planning an insulation project.  It all has to do with the “building envelope" – that’s the physical structure of the home. This so-called  “envelope” comprises building materials that influence “heat flow” positively or negatively. In short, the main aim of insulating is to remove the negative influences. This is exactly why it’s so important to choose the right insulation product for the job. And with a quality product, “heat flow” issues can be effectively addressed and energy efficiency restored. For a typical homeowner the long-term outcomes are numerous: better energy consumption; better energy usage; and lower heating/cooling bills.

Every year, more and more insulation products are made available. And along with that, every brand makes claims to support the efficacy of their product. But for the average homeowner, the important thing is for insulation to meet some required criteria:  to efficiently stop air movement; to efficiently prevent moisture from gathering; and to effectively boost current R-Values in the given space. For professionals in the business, it’s these criteria that are critical for insulation to perform. As for the DIY enthusiast - yes - there are good savings to be had with the do-it-yourself approach. However, there is nothing like a professional touch, and it’s the experts who will deliver better results in the long run.

Fiberglass insulation remains one of the most popular options in North America

For many years now, residential homeowners throughout North America have chosen to install the fiberglass insulation products (batts and/or loose fill). These products are commonly used in attics, roofs, basements, and garages. They provide suitable R-Value and a satisfactory product lifespan. With a quality installation, and a top-rated product, a home’s energy efficiency can be measurably improved, and energy consumption can be reduced from one season to the next, right around the year.

Like so many home improvement projects, fiberglass insulation will require a degree of professional expertise. After all, it’s the professionals who understand the various products, and who can best offer suggestions on project execution. Just as an example, the professional installing loose fill insulation will ensure the consistency and uniformity for optimum product performance. And its the same with the fiberglass batts - they will be installed strategically to guarantee the maximum in performance.

Fiberglass batts and fiberglass loose fill insulation do have some benefits

With fiberglass insulation, the best performance levels are derived when following the manufacturer’s specifications. Fiberglass insulation is proven to be safe for residential application. The products are asbestos-free; non-combustible; and non-corrosive. The top-quality brands have been tested for air-quality. As for customers who prefer “green” products, fiberglass insulation contains recycled glass.

With a proper install, fiberglass insulation will not be a friendly environment for animals, rodents, or insects. But importantly, fiberglass insulation requires adequate ventilation around the installed space. This is absolutely necessary to prevent deterioration and to ensure long life for the installed space. For those purchasing fiberglass insulation in Haldimand County, it’s a very cost-effective project.

Fiberglass insulation products also present some distinct disadvantages

For professional insulation contractors, fiberglass products do not effectively address all the relevant issues. To begin with, fiberglass insulation does not fully stop air movement, and does not completely stop moisture from gathering. In the attic and roof, this is definitely a disadvantage to the installation.

Another issue is residual air leakage. Neither the batts nor the loose fill product do a good enough job of sealing a space tight. Hence, residual air leakage is a problem, and can compromise the insulation’s performance. For the professional, sealing is key, and fiberglass does not full accommodate.

Additional problems arise when fiberglass gets wet. Simply put, wet fiberglass quickly loses product integrity and ultimately loses R-Value. Unattended, wet fiberglass will deteriorate with time. Here, the only possible resolution is removing and reinstalling the insulation, and start right from the beginning.

Spray foam insulation has quickly emerged as an alternate to fiberglass

Considering the disadvantages of fiberglass, many installers have opted for spray foam insulation as an alternate.  It’s a unique product that achieves more with one application than any other product – it will stop air from leaking; it will stop moisture from collecting; and it will provide very high R-Value.

The best success of spray foam is its capability to eliminate “heat flow”. The spray foam product totally seals a space airtight, and therefore allows for maximum insulating potential. There is simply no other insulation product on the market that will deliver the same benefits with one single application.

For many a homeowner, the most cost-effective of all options is the “hybrid” approach.

Today, for a variety of reasons, professionals are electing to install spray foam insulation in attics, roofs, basements, and walls. But this is not a product/installation that will suit every homeowner budget. And for this reason, the team at Great Northern Insulation now offers a more budget-conscious installation – it’s an installation commonly referred to as a “hybrid” approach.

The “hybrid” approach simply combines a spray foam application with a corresponding installation of fibreglass. This combination allows the spray foam to seal and insulate, and allows the fibreglass to supplement R-Value, while providing a cost-effective element to the project. And for homeowners with a specific budget, it’s the “hybrid” approach that would be best.

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