Fiberglass Insulation

The Common Option

Fiberglass is the most common option among Americans and currently 90% of all new homes are fitted with fiberglass insulation. We offer either blown in or batts (roll out) insulation. By trapping pockets of air, fiberglass keeps rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and thereby serves as a convenient method to increase energy efficiency. In homes, fiberglass insulation can be installed pink, yellow, white or green, depending on its manufacturer, and has a spongy feel. Commonly found in blanket form, called batts, it is available in bags containing standard pre-cut lengths and widths. Batts are typically stapled into place. Fiberglass insulation also comes in bags as loose fill that can be blown into attic, wall and floor cavities. Although, there are hazards to having fiberglass in your home such as rodent infiltration, diminished air quality if disturbed, and the need to reinstall insulation more often than other alternatives.

Hazards

 Small particles that come into contact with skin can lodge in pores and cause itchiness, rashes and irritation. When inhaled, particles can cause coughing, nosebleeds, and other respiratory ailments. Very fine airborne particles are capable of becoming deeply lodged in the lungs and are believed by some to pose certain health risks. When it is disturbed, fiberglass insulation releases particulates into the air that may be inhaled by those installing or removing it, or by property inspectors crawling through attics or crawlspaces where it is present. If you must disturb fiberglass insulation, wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, pants and goggles. Before removing fiberglass insulation, it is a good idea to dampen the area to prevent particles from entering the airspace. Afterwards, wash your hands with water, preferably cold water, as warm water can expand pores that can trap particles and allow them to travel deeper into the skin.