Fiberglass

In addition to our other insulation products, GA Foam Solutions also provides Fiberglass insulation from Johns Manville. This Fiberglass insulation is available in Faced, Unfaced, and Blown (formaldehyde-free) varieties. These Fiberglass insulation products can be rolled and attached to any new construction or existing wall cavity, and are available in a selection of widths, lengths, and densities.

So, what exactly is Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is a type of plastic that is reinforced using specifically selected glass fibers, most commonly woven into a mat. The type of glass fiber selected will be different depending on what use the resulting product in needed for. The glass fiber selected for use in fiber glass must be made with very few defects. The type of fiberglass used for insulation is most often cut into strips of various dimensions and then rolled up. The rolls are then stored until they are needed to help insulate several areas of homes and businesses to ensure that the structures are energy efficient and comfortable environments for those who live or work within them.

How can I use Fiberglass insulation to save money?

Insulation is an important way that you can save on your energy bill by making your home more energy efficient. Out of all the areas within a home that need insulation, there are two that stand out as being the most likely to be neglected. These two areas are the attic and the garage. In the past, home owners have gone to extreme lengths to insulate their homes and protect from cold and moisture. Some renovators have even found old newspapers stuffed into walls and floorboards. Now, we have more advanced methods of keeping our homes comfortable and cost efficient.

Attic insulation easily has the hardest job out of all of the insulation in your home. In the summer, heat from the sun’s rays beats down on the roof of your home, and gathers in the attic. This means that during the summer the attic will be the hottest area of your home, and without insulation that heat will travel into the rest of your house. During the winter, the heat that is produced by gas or electric heaters rises to the attic, and without insulation it cannot be kept inside efficiently.

Your garage is also at risk of needing better insulation. Without a well-insulated garage, you could be allowing unwanted hot air into your home during the summer, and losing it in the colder months. While it is true that the garage is not under quite as much stress from rising air currents as the attic, it can still be leaking heat or cold air, which means leaking money due to higher energy costs. Double check to be sure that your home is properly insulated, not only in these two areas but throughout. Proper insulation can significantly raise your energy efficiency, and that means significantly less strain on your wallet.

What different types of Fiberglass insulation are available?

We offer three different types of fiberglass insulation for use in your home: Faced, Unfaced, and Blown. Blown in or loose-fill insulation in made up of small particles that can form a barrier in almost any tight space. This type of insulation is ideal for retrofitting insulation to areas which have already been constructed or finished after the fact.

Faced and Unfaced fiberglass insulation are both available in rolls of various widths and length. The main different between these two types of insulation is the vapor barrier. A vapor barrier is a material, such as kraft paper, that reduces water vapor’s ability to move through the insulation it is attached to. Faced insulation comes with a vapor barrier on one side, and unfaced insulation does not have a vapor barrier at all. Because of the added material, Faced insulation is usually slightly more expensive than unfaced. Climate is commonly the deciding factor between using faced or unfaced insulation. Faced insulation is most frequently used in walls, baseboards, floorboards, ceilings, and attics. In these areas it can easily be stapled to joists and studs to secure it in place. Climate also makes a difference in the direction that faced insulation will need to be installed. In warmer climates, faced insulation should be installed with the vapor barrier facing the inside of the house. In cold weather, it should be facing the outside.

Faced insulation creates a moisture barrier that controls the amount of moisture that can collect on the walls, ceilings, and floors of your home. This is an important tool in the fight against mold and mildew. It is also easier to handle and attach during installation. However, the materials usually used in vapor barriers make faced insulation more combustible, so it should not be used near flames, heat sources, light fixtures, or other electrical devices. Faced insulation is also not ideal for adding more insulation in an area where older insulation is already present. If both the old and new insulation have vapor barriers, moisture could become trapped in between the layers and promote mold or mildew growth.

Unfaced insulation does not a vapor barrier, and is held in place by friction rather than being stapled. The lack of vapor barrier makes it ideal for adding to existing insulation to avoid to possibility of moisture traps. It is also noncombustible, so it is safer for use in proximity with electrical and heat sources. It is harder to install, because of its lack of facing, and you may find it slightly more difficult to handle. Without the moisture barrier, it is more likely for mold and mildew to collect in your walls, baseboards, floorboards, and ceilings. If you choose to use unfaced insulation in an area that does not already have face insulation present, consider choosing another option of vapor barrier. There are three different classes of vapor barriers, and faced insulation is only one of them. You can also use other materials such as plastic sheeting, glass, or sheet metal. You should consult with GA Foam Solutions about your vapor barrier options and about which type of fiberglass insulation is best for your needs.

With various densities, widths and lengths to accommodate any space, these products can be rolled and attached to any wall cavity or new construction project.

To have us contact you about the fiberglass services provided by GA Foam Solutions, please complete the form below or call us at (229)420-8883.