Roofing Insulation

There are many different material choices that go into a roofing insulation project. Each material has a different insulating value, so some choices are better for roofing insulation than others. You cannot forget to take into account the cost, because it is no coincidence that the best insulating materials also happen to have the highest costs.

Fiberglass Roofing Insulation

The most common type of insulation is fiberglass, and it’s the one that most people think of when they think of insulation. Fiberglass is the pink fluffy but sharp batting that gets placed in the rafters of your attic. Fiberglass batting is made of tiny shards of crushed glass that gets melted until it forms a lightweight material that has the consistency of a heavy cotton candy.

Fiberglass roofing insulation is very inexpensive, but it has a poor insulating quality per inch, so it takes quite a bit of insulation if you want effective protection from the temperatures outside. It can also be difficult to install, because the small shards of glass can be very dangerous. They can give you small cuts all over your skin, and are even worse if inhaled. If you are using fiberglass roofing insulation, wear a facemask and skin protection to make sure that you don’t get injured during the installation process. You also need protection whenever you are doing renovations or maintenance projects near your insulation.

Wood Fiber Roofing Insulation

Wood actually has strong insulating properties, and insulation can be made out of wood fibers that have been compressed together. Other materials can be added into the wood fiber mixture so the material can bond together into one effective insulating material. Wood fiber installation is easy to install, because it comes bonded together in a thin board.

Recycled Cellulose Roofing Insulation

This is one of the newer forms of roofing insulation, but it is also one of the most environmentally friendly forms of roofing insulation. This type of insulation is made from newspapers and other recycled products, and treated to make it resistant to fire and animals. The chemicals used make the paper highly resistant to fire. Instead of catching fire and spreading like wildfire, the chemicals slow down the process. The recycled cellulose fibers are also resistant to vermin, so you won’t have animals making a nest outside of your recycled paper insulation. This material can be found in rolls at your home improvement store. But the best way to install recycled cellulose fiber is to have it blown in by with a high pressure sprayer by a team of trained professionals.