Watch the video to see how cellulose insulation outperforms fiberglass insulation.
Cellulose insulation is sprayed or blown into walls, conforming to cavities to create a tight thermal barrier that provides superior comfort and helps save on energy costs. In comparison, fiberglass batts often leave gaps and voids that result in poor insulating performance.
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A study compared fiberglass insulation and Applegate Cellulose Insulation in attics. Both started at R-19, but fiberglass started to lose its effective R-value as temperatures dropped to just 32 degrees. It went on to lose up to 50% as temperatures continued to drop. Applegate Insulation, however, not only maintained its R-value, its insulation effectiveness actually increased to more than R-20 as temperatures were lowered below -18 degrees Fahrenheit. Other benefits of Applegate Cellulose Insulation are fire retardancy, the absence of airborne glass fiber particles and good sound control.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratories found that capping loose-fill fiberglass insulation with Applegate not only adds R-value, it actually restores the effective R-value that fiberglass insulation loses during cold weather. Many homeowners of existing homes will benefit from insulation in their walls. A simple, quick inspection by an insulation professional is all that is needed to determine whether your home would benefit from additional wall insulation.
All types of building insulation can be considered to be "green" products because they save energy, reducing harmful carbon emissions that result from burning fossil fuels. But our unique Tru-Soft™ cellulose insulation belongs in the category of "super-green" insulation materials because it contains up to 85 percent recycled paper - materials that would otherwise be dumped in landfills. The reclaimed paper is processed in grinding machinery that creates a fluffy, lightweight material with insulation value as high as R-4 per inch. Tru-Soft™ cellulose requires significantly less energy to manufacture than fiberglass insulation. Manufacturing fiberglass for a home consumes six times more energy than manufacturing cellulose to insulate the same home at the same R-value.
Our cellulose insulation is manufactured using a unique, two-stage process that injects both dry and liquid fire retardants to saturate the cellulose fibers. The result is an exceptional insulation with a Class 1 fire safety rating that meets and often exceeds stringent fire safety standards, helping to keep you and your family safe. Our cellulose insulation also limits the amount of oxygen which can support a fire. The borate solution used to treat the insulation for fire retardancy also makes it resistant to mold and insects. Cellulose does not contain dangerous substances commonly found in building materials, including formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, and glass fibers.
Attic solution. Our Tru-Soft™ cellulose insulation offers an affordable and effective way to upgrade attic insulation. Treated to resist combustion, insects, and mold, it can usually be blown into place on top of existing attic insulation.
Tru-Soft™ cellulose referred to as loose-fill or blown cellulose can be applied using blowing equipment. This technique is often used to insulate attics. One worker feeds cellulose into a hopper and blower unit that supplies shredded cellulose through a long hose to another worker in the attic space.
Our cellulose insulation can also be blown into wall cavities and other enclosed spaces. This application technique calls for 2-in.-diameter access holes to be drilled into the cavities so that a small application nozzle can be inserted to inject the insulation. Because cavity-fill applications typically demand greater air pressure and a denser application, this technique is sometimes referred to as dense-pack cellulose. Access holes are plugged when the job is complete.
A third application technique, called wet-spray cellulose, is designed to apply cellulose insulation into open cavities found in new construction. Water and (in some cases) a liquid adhesive or binder compound is added to the dry cellulose during the application process. The level of wetness must be controlled so that the material is sticky but not so saturated that it will settle or fall out of place.
The Drying Co./ThermalTec's technicians will help you choose the right type of cellulose insulation for your home. We are Greater Richmond' experienced insulation contractor, specializing in attic insulation upgrades and more.
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