How Loose-Fill Insulation Installation Compares With The Installation Of Spray Foam And Fiberglass Batt
Loose-fill insulation is a good choice for your attic and exterior walls. You can choose from fiberglass or cellulose loose-fill and hire a contractor to install it for you. If you're considering loose-fill insulation, you may be wondering how it's installed. Here's a look at how loose-fill insulation installation compares to other types of insulation.
Suitability For DIY Installation
You'll probably need to hire a professional to install loose-fill insulation. The only insulation that's suitable for easy DIY projects is fiberglass batt insulation. Spray foam also needs to be installed by a professional due to the equipment needed and the fact that the foam is hazardous to work with.
Ability To Seal Air Leaks
Loose-fill insulation is a good choice for filling odd shapes in your attic and covering up air leaks. That's because the bits of insulation are blown out of a hose and fill up the entire floor so there are no gaps.
Fiberglass batt insulation is much more likely to leave air leaks in your attic that reduce energy efficiency. That's because the blankets of insulation have a rigid shape that doesn't wrap around corners or pipes. Spray foam is good at sealing air gaps since it is sprayed on and expands to fill a space of any shape.
Ability To Be Used On Closed Walls
Loose-fill insulation installation on exterior walls can be done on closed walls. The insulation contractor drills holes in the siding of your house and then blows the insulation bits between the walls. The holes are then closed up so they aren't noticeable.
This is different from fiberglass batt insulation that has to be installed on open walls so the blankets can be pushed between the wall studs. Spray foam insulation can be installed on both open and closed walls.
Loose-fill insulation installation is a safe process that doesn't involve chemicals as spray foam does. However, fibers are released as the insulation bits are blown through the air, so protective equipment is used to protect the workers' eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Just like installing fiberglass batt insulation, the fiberglass loose-fill insulation can cause skin irritation and itching if the skin isn't protected.
All things considered, loose-fill insulation installation is fairly easy. It isn't too disruptive, and the work goes fast. If your home needs new insulation, loose-fill is a good choice, and when you hire a contractor to install it, you won't have to bother with renting equipment or making mistakes that could affect the energy efficiency of your walls or attic.