The Different Kinds of Insulation Material
Insulation comes in many kinds of material. Whichever kind of material you chose, it doesn't affect the performance or quality that the insulation provides. Pure Eco choses the top of the line brands out there in the market, to ensure quality and performance. Material is mostly based on the preference of the customer. We are going to go over material that Pure Eco provides to your liking.
A lot of customers call us and ask for our recommendation as to what kind of insulation they should have installed inside their home. This is really understandable considering the variety that is out there. When deciding the material of insulation you want to use, ask yourself the following question:
- What insulation is economical and efficient?
- Is soundproof really important to me?
- Do I want my insulation to be top of the line; eco friendly?
These 3 simple questions, will steer you to the right direction in deciding what insulation is best for your home and preference.
Economical and efficient is important to you, here are two kinds of material you can chose from:
Is the most popular insulation to choose from. Residential and commercial use this material because it's very economical as well as efficient.
Fiberglass is made up of plastic that is reinforced by tiny glass fibers. The plastic gives additional strength and improves its insulation capacity.
How it works:
As an insulator, it slows the process of heat, cold, and sound inside the space in which the insulation is installed.The air becomes trapped inside the pockets and allows the rooms to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Using fiberglass insulation in your home, you have a variety of places to put it: attic, crawlspace, and walls. Fiberglass comes in batts and blown - in. If you are choosing batts and your house is already existing, it's recommended to use it in your attic or crawlspace. The reason being, we can not tear down your walls to simply put batts inside the wall, the alternative to existing walls is blown insulation. We will drill holes throughout your walls either inside or out and use a hose to disperse the fiberglass insulation. Although, people like blown insulation in there attic because unlike batts, we will be able to fill in every small corner that a batt couldn't do.
Some people do not like fiberglass because of the irritation it does to the skin, lungs, and eyes when handled or being exposed to it. It causes people to itch or cough at times, but this shouldn't be too much of a concern to you, since we are the ones who are doing the installing. An alternative will be Cellulose which we will talk about next.
All in all choosing fiberglass is an attractive choice to consumers because it poses no fire hazards. Some estimators say, that fiberglass insulation conserves 12 times as much energy as is lost in its production, and it can reduce the residential and commercial cost by 40%!
Deciding on cellulose is an alternative to fiberglass. This material is the oldest form of insulators and in the past has been produced from sawdust, cotton, straw, hemp, and other plant materials. In today's world, cellulose is made up of 80% recycled newspapers that is treated with 20% chemicals that reduce the ignition potential. In other words, make newspaper fireproof. The manufacture company spray’s the cellulose with chemicals such as sodium borate, boric acid, or ammonium sulfate; these chemicals are generally safe with human contact.
How it works:
Cellulose has air trapping down to a science. When drafty air currents within the house, wall cavities, or attics moves along the location, the technology tightly compacts the air . Think about in movies where it's the end of the world and to keep themselves warm, they insulate their jacket with paper; more importantly newspaper. This allows the heat to stay inside the jacket and circulate inside. Cellulose r-value is slightly better than fiberglass but very little significance.
The different ways cellulose can be use is batts and blown - in. Like fiberglass, blown - in is recommended to use in existing walls, and batts in the attic and/or crawlspace, unless you are under new construction, than the options will only depend on preference.
Soundproofing is a requirement for you
Soundproofing with ROXUL ® is not only an excellent option, but a great choice for the environment.
ROXUL ® insulation is made up of rock based mineral fiber that is comprised into basalt rock and recycled slag. If you are wondering what a basalt rock and recycled slag is? It's a volcanic rock, and the slag is a by-product of the steel and copper industry. These minerals are melted together and spun into a fiber. The reason why it's recommended to use for soundproofing is because stone wool is denser than the traditional insulation.
How it works:
Decreases the sound by a minimum, check out the chart below, it illustrates a better understanding as to how ROXUL ® does this:
ROXUL ® is not only sound absorbent, but is fire proof, water repellent, and has dimension stability. Pure Eco carries ROXUL ® in batt form because it currently does not come in blown - in. However, do not be discouraged if you want every small gap to be filled in, because ROXUL ® has a patent technology that is able to fill in these hard to reach spaces, that traditional batts cannot fill.
You're more interested in having your home well insulated, price isn't a huge factor, and you are an advocate to eco friendly products
Also known as cotton fiber insulation, a high performance insulation that is made of scraps from denim clothing manufacturers. Brands such as Levi Strauss & Co., J-Crew, BCBGeneration, American Eagle, Cotton Inc., and so many well known brands; are huge supporters and participates, in going eco friendly with denim insulation. The purpose of the program is to divert from landfills, and they partner up with Bonded Logic, Inc. to recycle the denim into UltraTouch ™ Denim Insulation. A huge number of insulation is distributed each year to help with building communities around the country. If you are a huge advocate in helping the earth and the people in it, this insulation is for you and it speaks volumes!
How it works:
Denim Insulation in comparison to fiberglass hold the same strength, maybe more r-value. This stuff is completely safe for anyone to be exposed to. It doesn’t itch, no irritants, completely sound resistant with dimensional infrastructure that traps, isolates, and controls sound waves. Class-A fire resistance, and because of the fire retardant it prevents mold and mildew. You will not find any formaldehyde in the batt insulation, like some other brands. This type of insulation only comes in batts and doesn't have vapor barrier; unless the building code requires one, otherwise it's not needed. The insulation can be installed anywhere from the attic, ceiling, crawlspace, and walls. The technology when using cotton helps expand and cover the entire space, so blown - in so not necessary.
Which ever insulation you choose, always remember you are still getting the optimal results and r-value strength insulation.
Why Choose Pure Eco Inc.
Our company is family oriented, and when you are our customer you become family. We will always be here for you, even after the service is done. Striving on customer service is our priority and we live by our standards. The staff is highly trained and informed about the products we use, and how to install the material properly. Choosing us as your insulation company, is like choosing your best friend; we are not here to steer you wrong! Feel free to give us a call, office hours mon-tue 8:30am - 5pm (PT) 877-778-2551. Our office staff will help you with any other questions you may have, along with giving you financial options to help pay for service. We offer loans with GreenSky Credit, and can help you with processing an application with SoCal and the IRS to receive incentives and rebates from the government.
Free quotes are offered, we can give you one over the phone by asking simple question, or we can send an inspector to your home.