When selecting your specific insulation materials, there are a number of material options to consider. Mineral Wool, Cellulose, Polyurethane, Polystyrene, Fibreglass as well as several speciality material options can be used. Selecting the proper insulation material is key to getting the most from any insulation system.
One commonly used as and effective form of insulation material is fibreglass. Fibreglass is durable, long lasting and eco-friendly. Many different insulation types can be made using fibreglass. This material is made by melting down a number of raw materials into a fibrous compound that is then woven and enlarged. If you are considering a universal and cost effective insulation material for your home or business, fibreglass could be the ideal option for your needs.
What Is Fibreglass Made Out Of?
Fibreglass has been used for artistic benefits since the 1700Õs, though it has only been used as a form of insulation in the past few decades. Fibreglass refers to two main groups of continuous and discontinuous fibres. Continuous fibres are used for creating yarn and textile materials while discontinued fibres are used to craft various forms of insulation. This is the process associated with the formation of most fibreglass materials:
* Raw Materials Ð Fibreglass is made from a number of raw materials that are both naturally produced and are manufactured. 4 main raw materials found in fibreglass are silica, sand, limestone and soda ash.
* Melting Ð Various amounts of raw materials are prepared into a ÒbatchÓ that is then melted down into a single compound. A precisely controlled temperature is required to create smooth fibres. A higher temperature than normal glass melting of 1371 degrees Celsius is required to form smooth fibres.
* Formation Ð The molten glass fibres are formed into either continuous or discontinued fibre. Molds are then used to further craft the formed fibres into various insulation shapes or other material shapes.
What Insulation Options Are Commonly Made Of Fibreglass?
Fibreglass is used in the formation of both very popular insulation types and specialty insulation pieces. These are the three main styles of insulation products that are made using fibreglass:
* Insulation Batts Ð Insulation batts are formed into large pads or rolls that are cut to fit snuggly between studs, joists and beams. Insulation batts can be used in walls, floors attics and other places. This is the most common form of insulation used in Canadian homes.
* Loose Fill Insulation Ð Small pieces of fibrous materials are pumped through a large hose when installing loose fill insulation. This insulation is ideal for filling up small crevasses and hard to reach areas in attic spaces.
* Rigid Fibrous Boards Ð These boards of insulation are ideal for ducts or attic entry doors. These are specialty insulation items capable of withstanding large amounts of heat.
Benefits of Fibreglass
Fibreglass can outperform other insulation materials in regards to cost, environmental friendliness, sound clarity and the various application possibilities. These are the great advantages to utilising fibreglass insulation materials.
* Fibreglass Aesthetics And Customisation Ð Fibreglass materials like blown-in insulation and insulation batts can be installed in a variety of areas and or designed to fit in hard to reach places of the home or business. Fibreglass materials can also provide a clean and finished look to any insulation project.
* Fibreglass Absorbs Sound Ð Fibreglass absorbs more sound waves than it deflects. This provides insulated areas with great acoustics and limits the amount of noise that is emitted from fibreglass-insulated rooms.
* Recycled Materials Ð Most fibreglass materials contain roughly 20% and 30% recycled materials. While some form of blown-in fibreglass-based insulation can contain upwards of 80% recycled materials. Fibreglass is a very ÒgreenÓ insulation option.