For decades, fiberglass insulation has been the insulation of choice for property owners. Even today, fiberglass is the most widely used insulation product, though it may not be the best option for every situation. What matters most when purchasing insulation is the R-value of the insulation. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
What is R-value?
R-value is one of four key factors that determine the effectiveness of an insulation material. R-value is a measurement of insulation’s effectiveness at resisting the transfer of heat in and out of your home by conduction, convection, and radiation. The higher the R-Value the better the insulation. A professional install is necessary to get the highest possible R-value from Fiberglass insulation.
Types of Fiberglass Insulation
Fiberglass comes in a blanket form (also known as batt) and loose fill form, and is typically friction-fit in wall cavities and blown loose into attics, respectively. Fiberglass may be pink, brown, or white, is fluffy and fibrous in texture and itchy to touch. Garland Insulating’s fiberglass is made with 50 percent recycled material and is naturally non-combustible.
Insulation batts are precut blocks of fiberglass that come in a variety of sizes and R-values. Some insulation batts are made to be flame resistant while others are treated to resist mold and mildew. Because fiberglass batts do not create an air barrier, to perform as tested, batts must be installed in full contact on all sides with an air barrier material such as foam board, plywood, or sheetrock. New codes and standards from building code regulations such as the 2012 IECC as well as the above code programs like Energy Star specify a certain maximum percentage of gaps, voids, compression, and mis-alignments as well as an air barrier on all six sides. Such installation is highly difficult and should be done by professionals to achieve the best fit possible within a framed cavity. Call us to find out how we train to ensure your home is correctly insulated.
Loose fill fiberglass is blown into nonconforming spaces and hard-to-reach areas in attics and existing walls, like corners, edges, and around framing, plumbing, and wires. Loose fill insulation is also used to re-insulate a home in order to maximize efficiency. When used in new construction, loose fill insulation can additionally be blown behind netting in the wall at high densities to achieve higher R-values than traditional batt blanket fiberglass insulation. When blown at high density into walls, fiberglass can achieve an R-4.2 per inch performance.
Why Choose Fiberglass Insulation?
Fiberglass insulation is often the insulation of choice because it is the most cost-effective insulation solution for a home. Affordability is a key reason why fiberglass insulation continues to be so popular in spite of carrying the lowest R-value compared to other types of insulation.
In addition to reducing the amount of money a homeowner might spend on heating and cooling, fiberglass insulation also helps absorb noise. Fiberglass insulation is also ideal for do-it-yourself projects.
If you are looking into getting fiberglass insulation in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, or Houston, contact Garland Insulating. We offer a complete range of services for the insulation industry from attic insulation contractors to spray foam insulation services, and we install only the highest-quality products.