Cellulose insulation is the latest in materials and applications for insulating attics, basements, walls and floors in commercial buildings and homes. Many types of cellulose insulation including that made from recycled materials, mineral wool and other organic materials are finding its way into new and existing structures.
What Goes Into Cellulose Insulation?
Cellulose insulation is a combination of many different materials. Some of the cellulose materials are made from natural and organic fibres, some from recycled materials. After the fibres are formed, the insulation is treated to make it resistant to fire, mould and mildew. Installation requires that a hose blow it into the spaces between walls and floors. The composite mixture is further treated to make it adhere to just about any surface. It will make a tight and secure seal against drywall, concrete, steel, plaster, or wood. This keeps moisture out and expensive heat in.
Cellulose insulation is unique in that it can be applied to the exterior surface of walls and ceilings where most other types of insulation are in between the wall boards. The cellulose material is both attractive as well as functional.
Types of Basement Insulation
Cellulose insulation can also be used at basement insulation. Traditionally basements have been insulated with a fibreglass type of insulation with a reflective paper backing. However, cellulose insulation is just as effective for basements and crawl spaces. It is important that any type of insulation allow for ventilation so that any excessive heat can escape. Also proper ventilation of a home or building is important with these ultra effective insulations. If fresh air cannot circulate a home or building may become “sick” meaning it does not allow fresh air in or out and the stagnant, often germ ridden air can harm the buildings occupants.
Insulation’s such as acoustical foam do more than reduce noise and control temperatures. The foam is designed to eliminate noise reverberation which can distort sound. It does this by either absorbing the sound or creating angles on hard smooth surfaces so that the sound is deflected. Further soundproofing can be accomplished with insulation’s including cellulose insulation.