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Fiberglass Loose Fill Insulation and Fiberglass Batt Insulation in LaSalle

Understanding residential home insulation

For homeowners in LaSalle who are currently thinking about insulation, it’s an opportune time to get an understanding of the basics. In most homes, insulating is about eliminating unwanted heat transfer. The professionals like to use the term “heat flow”, but regardless of terminology, heat transfer is an unwanted state. During winter, it means that warm indoor air is being “transferred” to the outside. And during summer, it means that warm outdoor air is being “transferred” to the inside. Both of these conditions are unwanted - they cause inefficient energy usage along with utility bills that are high.

Insulation experts often refer to a home’s “envelope". They explain that the building “envelope" is built with various building materials that affect heat transfer directly. Sometimes it’s a positive effect, and sometimes it’s negative. For the homeowner, insulation (or even re-insulation) should focus on the reduction or elimination of heat transfer. This can be accommodated by installing fiberglass loose fill insulation or fiberglass batt insulation, but whatever the choice, eliminating heat transfer should be primary. The final result will be better energy efficiency, reduced energy usage, and cost savings.

Regardless of the insulation product chosen, the objectives of insulating should be universal: to halt air movement; to avert any moisture from collecting; and to eventually improve R-Values throughout. But more importantly, it’s suggested that the insulation project itself be expedited by an expert. This will certainly guarantee that the installation will deliver optimum results and peak performance.

Fiberglass insulation products - understanding the basics

In most of Canada, and in the northern parts of the USA, fiberglass insulation is popular for residential usage. Fiberglass loose fill insulation and fiberglass batt insulation are routinely installed in attics and roofs, and provide satisfactory R-Value wherever installed. Both installations serve to improve energy efficiency; both have a good lifespan; and both provide long life in terms of R-Value.

For optimum product performance, a professional install is required to ensure a “thermal blanket” that is effective. Fiberglass loose fill insulation has to be strategically blown so the “thermal blanket” has optimum uniformity and density. Fiberglass batt insulation also needs precision – it must be installed precisely to ensure that the product performs. Both installations require expertise.

Fiberglass insulation products - understanding the advantages

Fiberglass batt insulation and fiberglass loose fill insulation are safe for residential application. Both are odor-free, asbestos-free, non-corrosive, and non-combustible. Both contain sizeable amounts of recycled “glass”, and the top brands are usually air-quality certified. In most cases, fiberglass insulation will not retain moisture (in small quantities) and will not settle measurably.

Fiberglass batt insulation and fiberglass loose fill insulation do not provide a welcome environment for rodents, vermin, or insects. The final installation does not provide nourishment for mold to develop. A good install, with proper ventilation, will ensure that the fiberglass does not deteriorate over the long term. As for cost, fiberglass products are affordable and cost effective.

Fiberglass insulation products - understanding the disadvantages

Simply put, fiberglass loose fill insulation and fiberglass batt insulation do not satisfactorily address air movement issues or moisture collection issues. This could be somewhat problematic, and could be a downside when insulating the roof, attic, or basement. To further explore this problem, it would be wise to discuss with the contractor prior to installation.

Even with an expert installation, fiberglass loose fill insulation and fiberglass batt insulation do not completely address undesirable air movement. The problem is that neither product actually seals up a space. Even when a roof or attic is completely insulated, it isn’t completely sealed on its own.  This is also an opportune time to discuss with the installer.

A major problem with fiberglass products is wetness. Water-soaked fiberglass will lose its integrity, as well as its R-Value. Water-soaked fiberglass will eventually deteriorate, and will necessitate removal. At this point, professional remediation will definitely be required, so that any additional damage is prevented and future problems are avoided.

Water-soaked fiberglass insulation can potentially set up a breeding ground for mold. Unnoticed, a situation like this can quickly get out of control, even affecting indoor air quality throughout the home. Here again, the contaminated insulation will necessitate removal, and mold will have to be remediated professionally.  It’s an undesirable situation.

Spray foam insulation as an alternative to fiberglass  

Because of the notable disadvantages of fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation products have become viable for home insulation. An expert install of spray foam creates an impervious “envelope” which effectively prevents unwanted air movement and effectively impedes moisture accumulation. This “envelope” will seal up a space far more effectively than any comparable insulation product.

Air leakage poses a big problem for most insulation professionals. And stopping air leakage is always part of a professional install. With the spray foam product, a contractor can ensure an airtight space that will avert air leakage, while assuring the highest R-Value compared with any product. Its no surprise that spray foam insulation is now the product-of-choice for a great many contractors.

Using the “hybrid” approach when insulating the home

Spray foam insulation is recognized as a superior product throughout the industry. In one application, there are more benefits than any comparable insulation product on the market today. This is precisely why so many contractors are advocating for spray foam as an astute, long-term project investment.

But homeowners should keep in mind that spray foam might not be suited for all budgets. That’s why Great Northern Insulation has formulated the “hybrid” approach to insulation. It’s a customized install that combines one of the fibreglass options along with the spray foam product into ONE application.

For homeowners in LaSalle, and in the surrounding rural communities, the “hybrid” approach from Great Northern Insulation can offer superb insulation results, along with a very cost-effective budget. The “pay-back” period is satisfactory, and makes for an initial project investment that’s well worth it.

Whatever product or installation is decided upon, Great Northern Insulation guarantees full customer satisfaction. Customers can always rest assured that both product and installation is guaranteed.

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