Cellulose insulation is a comfortable and eco-friendly insulation product.
With so many types of insulation out there, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. There are insulation types that are made of glass, ones made of foam and others still, like cellulose insulation, that are made of recycled materials. Here at 31-W Insulation, we offer all types of insulation and insulation services in order to help your property reach its comfort potential.
Many of our customers who are looking for a greener option for insulation naturally gravitate towards cellulose insulation. As much as 50-70% of cellulose insulation is made from recycled materials, usually recycled newsprint and denim that have been treated with fire retardant. Because of its recycled content, cellulose insulation can be a great source of not only increasing your energy efficiency, but also using recycled materials
How Can Something Made from Recycled Newspapers Not be a Fire Hazard?
It is great to consider that cellulose insulation is made primarily from recycled materials, making it more environmentally friendly than many building materials on the market today. However, at 31-W Insulation, we often get confused looks when we tell people that cellulose is made mostly from newspapers. Their reaction is usually, “Won’t that catch fire easily?”
If it were just made from newspapers, that would definitely be a concern; however, it has been treated with borates. Borates are a Class 1 fire retardant that makes your cellulose insulation quite difficult to ignite into flames. As a demonstration, you can hold a handful of cellulose insulation in the palm of your hand, place a penny on it, and then put a blowtorch to it. The penny will begin to melt, but the cellulose insulation will be fine and so will your hand! That shows not only its fire retardancy but its ability to insulate against heat.
While it is true that the borates add a non-environmentally friendly aspect to the cellulose insulation, it is a fair tradeoff for the ability to keep tons of newspapers out of the landfill and have insulation in your home that is roughly 85% green. If you are looking for a quality insulation product, we are happy to discuss the advantages of cellulose insulation and put your mind at ease that a fire hazard has not been created in your home. Contact us today to learn more about any of our insulation services.
In your Garner, North Carolina property, you can install cellulose insulation in many different areas and in many different ways. Cellulose insulation can be broken into small fibers and then blown into tight areas like attics and crawlspaces, or even into existing walls through small holes. Water can also be added to cellulose insulation so that it can be applied in a spray form, allowing it to stick to walls where it is installed. With cellulose insulation, you can have insulation in a variety of areas while also enjoying an eco-friendlier product.
We would love the chance to tell you more about cellulose insulation. If you have questions that you’d like to ask our experienced team at 31-W Insulation, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
Right here in North Carolina, we also offer cellulose insulation in Concord, Greensboro & Conover. 31w is also proud to serve many states throughout the Southeastern portion of the U.S. Read more about our services in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee & Texas.