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Types of Blown-In Insulation

Blown-in insulation can be a magical solution to roof issues. Did you know that? blown-in insulation

Your attic is not just an extra space to store unused sports equipment, old toys, and other things you can’t bring yourself to throw out. It also acts as a barrier, or as we like to call it “a mystical force field” between your house and the elements. Think of it like the hair on your head. Your roof is your hat. 

If you don’t have much hair (or any) your head and body have to work harder to keep you warm and you may need a thicker hat. Same with your roof. If your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, your heating and cooling systems often have to work harder to keep your home comfortable year-round.

This is why proper insulation is important and blown-in insulation is the perfect solution. 

What is Blown-In Insulation? 

Blown-in insulation, as opposed to batt or rolls of insulation, is just what it sounds like. The insulation material is blown into walls and attic spaces with specialized equipment. Because it’s able to get down in-between the smallest crevices in your attic, blown-in insulation usually offers a tighter, more energy-efficient seal than standard insulation. 

You can do it yourself, but without the proper machine, it can get pretty messy. You will also need to calculate how much insulation you need for the size of your space. 

Two Types of Blown-In Insulation

When it comes to blown-in insulation there are two main types that work great. The first is Blown-In Cellulose Insulation and the second is Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation.

Let’s talk about each type of blown-in insulation.  

Cellulose Blown-in Insulationblown-in insulation

Cellulose insulation is environmentally friendly and made up of recyclable materials like cardboard and newspaper. See, all those old boxes you are keeping in your attic could actually become insulation. Who knew?

This option is typically less expensive and healthier than fiberglass blown-in insulation. 

The material is often treated with boric acid, which makes it more resistant to fire, mold, and insects. It also has a higher R-Value than other forms of insulation which means it is also more energy-efficient. 

Fiberglass Blown-in Insulation

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This type of insulation is usually made of recycled glass and sand. Like cellulose insulation, it can extend the life of your HVAC system and help reduce outside noises while making your home more energy-efficient. 

The one main advantage of fiberglass insulation is that it isn’t treated with boric acid or any additives. This is why we recommend it for those with moderate to severe allergies. 

Next Steps

First, you need to decide if you are going to install your blown-in insulation yourself or contract a professional. Weather Vane Roofing offers free estimates and we will help you decide which type of blown-in insulation is best and how much you need. 

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About Weather Vane Roofing

We provide roofing, siding, insulation, windows, and gutters. Making your house beautiful and efficient is our main goal. We use the latest in technology and products to provide eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions for your home and business. With locations in Lansing, Owosso, and Brighton/Howell we are Mid-Michigan’s roofing experts. Let us transform your house into a home.

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