Have you been considering the different insulation types and read a little something about
cellulose? As insulators go, it is a good choice and a very eco-friendly option. Made from almost
two-thirds recycled paper, it is the way to go if you care about the environment.
It does require some careful handling though, and so you need a professional cellulose
insulation contractor. At Orr Industries, we are highly experienced in using this versatile
material. We do not have to go around calling ourselves the best local insulation contractor because our record speaks for itself. You only have to speak to any of our satisfied customers to find that out.
Our entire approach is very different from the average contractor – we always put our clients
first. Instead of just focusing on one form of insulation, we have become experts in three –
fiberglass, cellulose, and foam so that our clients always have the best options available.
We understand the pride that you take in your home, and so we do the kind of job that we would
in our own homes. We take care of everything, from the installation to the cleanup afterward to
ensure that the disruption to your life is as minimal as possible. When you call us in, our expert assessor will have a look at the style of your home, the materials used during construction and a range of other factors to determine what your best possible options are.
Every house has its own idiosyncrasies and so there could never just one solution that fits every
need. We work with you to find a solution that will work for your home and your budget.Enough about us, though. Let’s tell you a bit more about cellulose, shall we?
What is Cellulose Insulation?
This is made out of recycled paper, most often newsprint but also sometimes card and other bits
of paper. It can come in two forms – wet and dry. It does undergo a chemical treatment before
being used to stave off mold, make it flame-retardant, and prevent insects infesting it.
What are the Advantages?
This is the most eco-friendly option. While fiberglass also makes use of recyclable materials, the
glass used must first be crushed and then heated to a very high temperature. Cellulose, on the
other hand, requires a lot less processing to manufacture.
Should it need to be removed, it is also a lot easier to recycle or decompose than other
alternatives. Of course, cellulose in its natural form would be a very bad idea – it would be a delicious treat for insects and can be highly flammable. As a result, Boric Acid is used to treat the paper. This makes it flame retardant, mold-resistant and inedible for pests.
In some cases, the cellulose is also treated with a binder to make sure that it settles in place
during installation. This makes it easier to check that the amount used is correct and reduces the
amount of dust during installation or in the wind. Cellulose will usually work out less expensively than other alternatives, including fiberglass.
It also outperforms fiberglass when it comes to its insulating power. The R-value, a measure of
insulating power, is around 3.2 per inch as opposed to the 2.2 per inch of normal fiberglass. This
increased density makes it more effective at insulation. Fiberglass is going to last longer, but there are some health concerns from the fibers themselves. If breathed in, these can be harmful. Cellulose does not pose the same risk.
If you live in an area with a lot of rain or are concerned about water damage, cellulose also
comes up tops. It can easily be removed and replaced. It is the easiest of all insulators to replace
when necessary. It can be used either wet or dry. So, if there is an area where a pipe is in the way or something of that sort, the wet product can be blown in for a much better fit. Because of the increased density, you don’t need as much as you would with other methods.
You could also use it dry, and it can be placed on top of your existing insulation were necessary.
We do have to warn you though that the dry installation can be something of a messy process.
There is a lot more dust to contend with. The density is also an advantage when it comes to dampening outside noise. This option is extremely effective in this regard.
Of course, there are some downsides as well, and it would be irresponsible not to discuss these.
Disadvantages of Cellulose
The Wet-Application Takes Longer to Dry
This application will seal the area better and will reduce the amount of dust during installation. It
does, however, take a bit longer to dry out completely. This could lead to delays in new builds
when you want to install drywall over it. We can, however, help to speed up the drying process by the use of industrial heaters.
Of all the materials, cellulose that has been applied dry is the most likely to find its way through
little gaps in fixtures, etc. If the area has not been sealed properly, this could cause a fair amount
of dust in the home.
It is Heavy
One pound of the loose product does weigh around about three times the weight of fiberglass.
This is something that must be taken into consideration before it is laid down.
So, even this product is not perfect. But then all of the insulation materials have advantages and
disadvantages. When our estimator comes out to give you a quote, they will take these factors
into consideration and work out what the better alternative is for you.
Still, cellulose is the best option if you want to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible
and use a product that is as eco-friendly as possible. Speak to us today and find out whether or not this is the solution for your home. We guarantee that you will be impressed with our service.
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