A Brief Guide to Fiberglass Insulation
While most people in Edmonton don’t give much thought to what’s behind their walls, insulation is an important component in keeping your home healthy and comfortable. Besides keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer, insulation keeps your energy bills down, prevents mold growth and keeps out unwanted noise.
There are many different types of insulation available. The kind you need depends on what you’re insulating or what R-value you require. The R-value refers to how insulation is rated based on its resistance to the movement of heat. Fiberglass, or “the pink stuff,” is what most people think of when they think of insulation.
What is Fiberglass insulation?
Fiberglass is the most popular form of insulation in homes across Edmonton. Its high R-value makes it extremely efficient at keeping heat in and cold air out. It is a man-made mineral fiber woven together with very thin strands of glass. Fiberglass has a high surface-area-to-weight ratio which makes it a practical insulation option for both residential and commercial applications.
Fiberglass, or glass wool, is also used for its insulating properties with a variety of other applications, including:
- Furnace filters
- Airplanes and automobile sound control
- Certain types of curtains
- Roofing materials
- Some plastics
How Fiberglass insulation is installed
Fiberglass comes in batts and is available at most Edmonton home improvement centres. It is added to the walls and ceilings of a building during construction. Proper protective gear such as overalls, work gloves, a breathing mask, and goggles must be worn during installation to prevent glass particles from getting into your lungs, eyes, and skin.
Loose-fill Fiberglass is also available but requires it to be blown into place using specialized equipment. This type of Fiberglass should only be installed by a professional for safety reasons and to get the most benefit from it.
Key benefits of Fiberglass
Beyond its light weight construction, Fiberglass has many intrinsic qualities that make it an excellent insulating material. One key reason that Fiberglass is so popular is that, when properly installed, it won’t wear out or lose efficacy over time. At a glance the benefits of Fiberglass are:
- Cheap to manufacture
- Inexpensive to consumers
- Excellent sound barrier
- Reduces energy costs
- Lasts a lifetime
Edmonton Insulation Installers and Inspectors
While Fiberglass insulation can last a lifetime, it’s important to schedule periodic inspections to detect compaction problems and prevent gaps. If you’re not sure about the condition of your insulation or you need new insulation installed, contact L. L. Climatic Insulation. With over 33 years in the business, you can rely on our expert insulation service and advice. Call us today at 780-463-3835 or fill out our online request form.