Adding Insulation to a drafty home and the many types of insulation types that will save will save you $$$$

Ok the big surprise the insulation industry like many construction materials has made leaps and bounds. I honestly believe the theory is still the same and that is to add a barrier between the colder elements to the warmer interior areas, but how you do it has amazed me.

Insulation has a tendency to settle over the years and no longer provides the air barrier it one had. How often as a Realtor when I enter into some of the older homes do I see in the attic which looks like blown in type insulation but only an inch or so deep. Many times I see the old pieces of newspaper they would shred and then spread in the attic (only good to read a very short story). So below I did some research and much naturally is copied from insulation company web sites as where else could you learn about insulation.

I have had the fortune of seeing the blown on product on the ceiling plywood and rafters, and it’s amazing the expansion within just minutes to a great depth, as well as almost instantaneously you would hear less of the exterior noise at the construction site. Here is a link to a site where you can do it yourself. Nothing like saving some money for a weekend do it yourself product.

One of our local insulation providers web site has given permission to use some of the text and I hope you learn as much as I have and I hope you will do what we are doing saving energy, helping a tenant and the owner as well as a learning curve for an agent that has been in the business now for over 35 years. As the old saying goes you never stop learning!

Information On Our Insulation

The installers at Pisgah Insulation have years of experience and are continually praised by our customers for their promptness, dedication to the quality of their work, and the neat appearance of the job site at the end of the day. This quality workmanship coupled with quality insulation products makes Pisgah Insulation the installer to choose for your new home or addition.

CertainTeed Insulation

CertainTeed has been making quality building products for more than 100 years and is part of the largest building materials company in the world, Saint-Gobain. Building professionals trust CertainTeed for quality, satisfaction guaranteed.
The company offers a full line of fiber glass insulation products, from premium blowing wool and fiber glass batts to MemBrain™ smart vapor retardant technology. InsulSafe® SP Fiber Glass Blowing Insulation is used in residential and commercial construction as a thermal and acoustical insulation. It is designed for pneumatic installation in open attic areas and for retrofitting enclosed sidewalls and floor/ceiling construction assemblies. The Insulsafe SP is what Pisgah Insulation uses for installing the BIBS system. CertainTeed fiber glass insulation products have achieved GREENGUARD® Certification for superior indoor air quality performance, which means the insulation contributes very low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants to the indoor environment. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.

FiberTEK Insulation

FiberTEK Insulation is a manufacturer of premium performance fiberglass insulation, operating the newest fiberglass plant in the United States. FiberTEK offers a complete selection of temperature and acoustic control products in the form of the Big Batt™ batt line and the InsulTEK1™ premium blow-in insulation.

Knauf Insulation

Knauf Insulation is one of the most respected names in the industry worldwide. In addition to serving the United States, Knauf provides service throughout the United Kingdom and Russia. Knauf Insulation is committed to sustainable development and conservation of the environment manufacturing its products from recycled materials. They offer a full line of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation.

Blown-In-Blanket System ~ BIBS

If you want your insulation to achieve higher R-Values; provide a uniform density; eliminate settling and shifting; and fill costly air gaps, voids, and seams … look no further. The BIBS® system uses the same blown fiberglass you have known and trusted for years. The unique system blows fiberglass into place behind fiber netting. Once BIBS® is installed, no maintenance is required. The chart below shows to R-value comparison between BIBS and traditional batts. Please visit our BIBCA site at www.pisgah.bibca.org for more information.

Spray Polyurethane Foam

Spray polyurethane foam is applied as a liquid, then expands within seconds to 120 times its volume to fill every nook and cranny providing superior energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality by eliminating air movement through walls. Open and closed cell foam reduce airborne noise and dust making it the healthy choice for those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivity. For more information on this revolutionary insulation product, please visit our Pisgah Foam Division link.

Blow-In-Blanket® Data

 Construction

BIBS 

Batts 

 2×4 – 3½

R-15 

R-11

 2×6 – 5½

R-23

R-19 (17.4)

2×8 – 7¼ 

R-30

R-19

 2×10 – 9¼

R-38

R-25

 2×12 11-¼

R-47

R-30

 

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