Fiberglass and cellulose might seem like two similar types of insulation, but they are actually very different. They are different in their makeup, installation process, and cost. This is the second part of a two-part blog series that compares these two popular types of insulation. Continue reading to learn what may be best for you: Fiberglass Insulation and Cellulose Insulation Difference
Fiberglass Has a Durability Advantage
When it comes to durability, fiberglass insulation has an edge over cellulose. While both types of insulation are effective at sound dampening and protecting your home from temperature fluctuations, fiberglass lasts longer than cellulose because it can withstand pests and insects better. Fiberglass insulation is also more resistant to fire than cellulose because it’s made of glass fibers, not paper fibers like cellulose. This makes sense: if you’ve ever accidentally turned a piece of paper towel into a torch by lighting one corner on fire, then you know what happens when something paper-based catches fire! Finally, fiberglass insulation is more resistant to water than cellulose. So if you live in an area with frequent rain or snowfall (like Minnesota), choosing fiberglass instead of cellulose can save your walls from moisture damage down the road!
Cellulose Insulation Can Have Different Densities
Cellulose insulation can be installed with different degrees of density for different purposes. The higher the density, the more effective it is at insulating and the more expensive it is. A standard cellulose application uses a 1.5-pound density, while more dense applications (1.75 pounds and up) are used in situations where additional energy savings are desired. Cellulose insulation with a high density is also harder to install and clean than lower-density cellulose products, which can make it less appealing for some homeowners to use as an upgrade over fiberglass insulation.
Cellulose Costs More Than Fiberglass
Cellulose insulation is more expensive than fiberglass. Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers, which makes it an eco-friendly option for people who are looking for an environmentally friendly product. It also doesn’t contain any formaldehyde, which makes it safe for your family members if they suffer from respiratory allergies or asthma. Fiberglass insulation is the most popular type of insulation because it has been around longer than any other type of insulation on the market today and has proven itself over time as being effective at reducing heat loss through your walls, floors, and ceilings while still being cost-effective enough so that homeowners can afford it without breaking the bank.
Both fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation have proven their worth as important components of your home’s insulation system. There is no wrong choice of insulation for your home whether it is fiberglass insulation or cellulose insulation or even spray foam insulation. If you are ready to install insulation in your home, contact your local insulation contractor. Century Insulation near Moundsview, Minnesota, can help with all your insulation needs. Contact us to upgrade your insulation and learn more about what is best for your home.