Insulation is an extremely important part of your home and works to keep your energy bills down and your interior temperature comfortable throughout both the winter and summer months. Two of the most common types of insulation on the market are made out of fiberglass and cellulose, and though both of these types of insulation accomplish the same function, their distinct material characteristics give each a different set of advantages. Understanding what both fiberglass and cellulose insulation have to offer your home can help you choose the one that is the best fit for your needs.
Fiberglass insulation is a common, affordable insulation option that comes in either rolled batts, which can be quickly and easily installed using a staple gun, or as loose insulation that is blown into place with specialized equipment (which creates a higher degree of insulation at a higher price point). It's also important to note that fiberglass can be made out recycled materials, which can help you manage the environmental impact of your home's building materials.
However, fiberglass does come with some considerations. It's itchy and can cause irritation to your skin, eyes, and mouth while working with it, which means more care needs to be taken during the installation process. It's also not resistant to water damage and will bunch up if exposed to moisture, and will not stand up well to fires or excessive heat either.
Cellulose insulation is made out specially treated organic materials, like newspapers and cardboard, that have been recycled, giving it the same sustainable qualities as fiberglass insulation. Unlike fiberglass, cellulose insulation is treated to be both moisture and fire resistant, allowing it to withstand high levels of humidity and heat more easily. Additionally, some types of cellulose insulation are treated with chemicals that are designed to repel pests, preventing rodents and insects from taking up residence within your home's insulation.
However, cellulose only comes in loose-fill insulation that has to be blown into place by professionals, which can drive up the initial cost of fitting your home with insulation when compared to fiberglass batts. Further, it should be noted that cellulose insulation actually weighs much more than fiberglass does. While this won't usually be a problem, it does mean that areas that are going to be insulated need to be inspected to make sure that they can support the weight: if they can't, expensive support reinforcement will have to be done before installation.
Contact a company like Insulation Pro's for more information and assistance.