What’s in Your Attic?
Both loose fill and dense pack cellulose insulation are made from recycled wood-based material and have a fire retardant. Loose fill insulation is blown in to add insulation depth to areas such as attics, where the existing insulation is not sufficient. Loose fill insulation is often contrived from recycled papers including newsprint and is treated with non-toxic fire retardants. For decades, loose fill cellulose insulation has been the go-to method for insulating homes because it provides an excellent sound barrier, it has an effective 1-hour fire rating, it provides a high R-value per inch, and it is environmental friendly/ green. It is the perfect choice for insulating attics and sidewalls!
- Cellulose takes less energy to make than any other insulation material. This is known as embodied energy and includes the total energy required to transport raw materials, manufacture and distribute the product. Fiberglass has up to 10 times more embodied energy than cellulose and foam products up to 64 times.
- Cellulose has the highest level of recycled content in the insulation industry – up to 85%. Cellulose insulation is made with recycled paper, paper that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Fiberglass has a maximum of 40% recycled content and foam products little or none.
- Cellulose insulation, by utilizing recycled paper, helps prevent the release of the greenhouse gas methane which would result if that same paper were sent to a landfill to decompose.
- Cellulose insulation scrap is recovered and recycled on-site. Fiberglass and foam residue go to a landfill, and don’t decompose.
- Cellulose insulation is regionally produced. Using local recycling programs and independent recyclers, and servicing communities close to home, brings new meaning to the slogan “Think Globally, Act Locally.”
“I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that your team did a great job insulating our attic. They wore shoe covers and vacuumed up each day. At the end, they pulled up all protective plastic and vacuumed their way out the front door. They are also pleasant to talk to and courteous. Thanks again for a great job!” – Art Seoane, Williston