WMGB Home Improvement is an expert at evaluating homes for energy loss and discovering ways to fix the energy problems that our clients might be facing. We use blown-in insulation and a variety of other methods to make our clients’ homes more energy-efficient and comfortable. Aside from our services, we are a big believer in educating our clients to help them make better decisions. That’s why today, we will discuss features and benefits of both fiberglass and cellulose insulation:
Fiberglass insulation is a popular insulation material that is affordable and effective. It’s made from very fine strands of glass that work together to create a barrier that prevents heat from escaping your home. This material won’t burn, which is a plus, but it has its disadvantages. People can inhale these tiny fibers of glass, which is why fiberglass insulation is usually covered with something after it is installed. It’s also why fiberglass insulation is typically installed in areas where it won’t be disturbed, such as your attic.
With these precautions, fiberglass insulation won’t be a threat to your health. Fiberglass insulation also has an R-value between 2.1 to 2.17 per inch. This is a unit of thermal resistance that indicates how well a material will insulate. Fiberglass insulation manufacturer’s state that fiberglass will not settle over time, making it very effective. However, this requires the home insulation installers to have special training and tools to make sure that fiberglass is properly installed.
Like fiberglass insulation, cellulose is also affordable and effective. It is easier to install than fiberglass insulation and has a slightly higher R-value of 3 per inch. Cellulose also retains its insulating value no matter the temperature, unlike fiberglass which loses its value in extreme temperatures. Unfortunately, cellulose can settle over time if it is not properly installed. Cellulose is made from newspaper but is treated with fire-resistant chemicals. It is a very benign product and poses practically no ongoing health risk.
Our services can help with ice dam removal and prevention along with saving you significant amounts of money on your energy bills. In addition, WMGB Home Improvement can install beautiful and functional egress windows, replacement windows, and custom glass blocks for your home. We serve many areas in MI including Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. Call us at (616) 243-3700 to learn more about insulation. You can also ask for a free quote.