If you are considering upgrading the insulation in your home before the cold winter months hit, you are probably looking through all of your options, such as fiberglass, spray foam, and cellulose insulation. Because of the many attractive benefits of cellulose insulation, such as reduced noise transmission and long-term savings on your energy bills, it has remained a popular insulation choice since the 1950’s. Cellulose insulation is a great investment that will keep your home energy efficient and eco-friendly. Keep reading to gain a better understanding of cellulose insulation and determine if it is the right insulation choice for your home.

What is Cellulose Insulation?

Cellulose insulation is a fiber insulation material that is made from 75 to 85 percent ground-up recycled paper or denim. These small particles form together to create an insulation material that conforms to most spaces without disturbing the finish or structure. Cellulose insulation is heavily treated (around 15% by volume) with ammonium sulfate, borax, or boric acid. This treatment helps to make the insulation fire retardant, as well as helps to reduce any pest or mold issues. 

There are three types of cellulose insulation: 

  • Loose-Fill Cellulose: The most common type of cellulose insulation is loose-fill cellulose. This type of cellulose insulation is the easiest to install, as it can be blown into attic cavities and floors using the help of a blowing machine. 
  • Dense Pack Cellulose: This is most commonly used for adding retrofit insulation. Dense packing into the wall cavities helps to add thermal insulation, as well as provide some level of soundproofing. 
  • Wet-Applied Spray Cellulose: During the application process, water is added to the cellulose insulation. The material has the same thermal as sound retardant properties as dense packing. In new constructions, wet spray cellulose is almost always installed before drywall is put up. 

Where Can Cellulose Insulation be Used?

Cellulose insulation can be used in both existing homes and new construction. It can be found in a number of places, but it is commonly used in enclosed existing walls, open new walls, and unfinished attic floors. Below is more information about where each type of cellulose insulation is most commonly used.

Dense-packed cellulose insulation is most often found in walls and ceilings, providing heat and cold insulation, as well as a significant level of soundproofing. 

Loose-fill cellulose insulation is most commonly used in attic spaces. 

Wet-applied spray cellulose insulation is typically completed during new constructions and provides you with the same benefits as dense-packed cellulose insulation. 

Contact Reeves’ Insulation for All of Your Insulation Needs 

At Reeves Insulation we know that insulating your home is a big investment and we want to do what we can to make your home more energy efficient! Our team of professionals will be here to help guide you through the insulation process from start to finish. If you would like to know more information on adding insulation to your home or to schedule services, call or contact our office today at (501) 374-3411!