Cellulose Insulation in Arizona and Albuquerque
Banker Insulation Serves Residential & Commercial Customers
Banker Insulation’s team of insulation contractors has been providing professional home services in Chandler and the Southwest since 1977. Our family-owned business has built a reputation on quality customer service and superior applications to provide homes and businesses with energy-efficient and eco-friendly insulation options that help conserve resources. Cellulose insulation offers incredible performance and excels in hard-to-reach areas.
What Is Cellulose Insulation?
Cellulose insulation is one of the oldest forms of insulation used in residential and commercial settings. It is comprised of various fibers, and today’s products are made almost entirely from recycled materials such as newspaper and cardboard. The fibers are heavily processed to reduce flammability, making them completely safe for use in homes and buildings. It’s a fantastic choice for anyone considering cellulose insulation over fiberglass insulation.
Cellulose Application Methods
Dry and damp spray cellulose insulation are the most widely used types of cellulose insulation. The dry or loose-fill option is frequently used to insulate attics, walls and floors in both new and existing buildings. The loose fibers are blown into closed walls and cavities through a small hole with a special blower, densely packing the area with insulation. The dry cellulose insulation flows into small and irregular spaces providing highly effective insulation coverage as either a primary insulation or a second layer over aging insulation.
Damp spray cellulose insulation is primarily used in newly constructed buildings and is added to walls before drywall is applied. Water and an adhesive are applied to the cellulose fibers as they are sprayed into the wall cavities. The moisture allows the cellulose to adhere better to the open spaces. Once the insulation has dried, usually within 1-2 days, the wall cavities are closed and finished.
Benefits of Cellulose Insulation
When choosing insulation for your home or commercial property in Arizona or Albuquerque, New Mexico, you might question cellulose vs fiberglass vs foam insulation. Each option has its own great insulating qualities, so how do you know which is right for you? Consider the benefits of cellulose insulation and these reasons why it might be the best choice for your situation.
- Environmentally Friendly – Cellulose insulation contains more recycled material than any other product. It’s a great resource to reuse materials and take steps to be more ecologically responsible.
- Thorough Coverage – Its ability to be blown in and densely packed means that it can fill just about any nook and cranny without having full access to tight areas, such as crawl spaces or small attics.
- Versatility – Cellulose insulation is effective as a primary or secondary source of insulation. It works well whether you’re building a new home or need to reinforce old or poorly installed batt insulation.
- Various Forms – Being available in both blown-in/loose-fill and damp spray options means our team of pros has access to a product that will meet the specific needs of your home or building. From filling behind walls to insulating tight corners and around joists, you’ll have effective coverage in all areas.
What Is the R-Value of Cellulose Insulation?
Insulation’s capacity to resist heat flow is noted by its R-value. The higher the R-value of the insulation, the more effective it will be in insulating the space. Cellulose has an R-value of 3.2-3.8 per inch. So, the total depth of an application will determine what the total R-value is for the cellulose insulation in that space. For example, a 12″ application would be an R-value between about 38-44. Our applications meet or exceed local codes for insulation requirements to ensure your property is covered correctly.
Is Cellulose Insulation Better Than Fiberglass?
Every homeowner’s situation is unique, and our team can help determine which insulation option is best for you. If you’re considering cellulose vs fiberglass insulation, there are some characteristics about it that make it a worthwhile choice, such as:
- Cellulose is a green product made from 80% recycled materials
- Cellulose fills in cracks and gaps better than fiberglass
- Fiberglass batt insulation loses R-value when it gets dusty
- Fiberglass also sees reduced R-value when temperatures in attics reach 110°, which is common in our area
Cellulose Insulation Traps Carbon to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
A recent study showed cellulose insulation has the lowest carbon footprint and the highest amount of net carbon storage of all the insulation types and can reduce the carbon footprint of your entire house. Plus, when it’s used in combination with other low-carbon and carbon-storing materials, it can play an integral part in reducing the overall carbon footprint of a new home down to zero, or even into the range of net carbon storage. This is exciting news! You can feel confident in choosing cellulose insulation for your insulating needs when you consider its positive impact on your home and the environment.
More to Know About Cellulose Insulation
You may have heard about the growing popularity of cellulose insulation and its many energy saving benefits such as reducing your carbon footprint, lowering your heating and cooling costs, and providing quality sound control. Here are a few more things to know about this effective insulation choice:
- It has a Class 1 flame spread rating and contains active fire-resistance materials to provide durable and excellent fire resistance.
- It is resistant to mold growth and works to dissipate moisture for moisture management.
- It does not contain asbestos or formaldehyde.
- It is ideal for insulating older homes and adding R-value and filling gaps over existing insulation.
- It is safe to touch and won’t irritate unprotected skin.
- It won’t settle in sidewalls but will settle in attics until it reaches a stable density, similar to other blown insulation. All thermal performance testing is done at the settled thickness.
Learn More About Eco-Friendly Insulation
Homeowners in the Southwest looking for an eco-friendly, energy efficient insulation option made from recycled materials will enjoy the benefits of cellulose insulation. Serving residential and commercial customers in Chandler, Flagstaff, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Prescott Valley, Cornville, Snowflake, and Tucson, AZ, as well as Albuquerque, NM, we are committed to offering exceptional services by professionals you can trust. Contact us for an estimate for cellulose insulation installation today.