Why Fiberglass Insulation?
also uses fiberglass insulation because it’s still an excellent form of insulation for modern residential homes. Fiberglass is the most common home insulation for both new construction and retrofit with about 75% of the market. There is some controversy about the safety of toxic emissions (e.g. formaldehyde, HFAs & HCFCs) and the long-term health effects of breathing in very small particles from fiberglass insulation
Up to 20% of the population has some level of allergy to Formaldehyde. Long term “outgassing
” of several toxic chemicals from fiberglass may not be easily recognized as a significant cause of allergy problems, particularly with small children. Fiberglass emits noxious fumes when burned and is not a fire retardant. Fiberglass requires a relatively high amount of energy to be produced. It takes about eight times as much energy to make fiberglass vs. cellulose insulation.
Things To Consider About Fiberglass Insulation:
The glass that’s used to make fiberglass can become airborne during installation process and can cause health concerns if inhaled. This is why caution must be taken when installing fiberglass insulation. Another important point to consider is that if fiberglass insulation is disturbed after installation then airborne glass particles will be hazardous. This is why it’s often recommended to have fiberglass insulation installed by an experienced and knowledgeable professional.
Although the fiberglass itself will not burn and is non-combustible (it will melt if the fire is hot enough), the materials used to encase the fiberglass will burn if exposed to fire.
is susceptible to changes in temperature, which can reduce the R-value by as much as 50%. So, if you go with fiberglass insulation, it’s recommended to also install fiberglass batt insulation on the top of the loose fill or blown insulation. This increases the cost and time of installation of your project, but it’s an important step to take to provide the maximum insulation value for you and your home.
Fiberglass insulation can be an excellent choice for your home. Get it done safely and get it done right…the first time!
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