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Fiberglass Insulation is a Lot Easier When You Know These Facts

Posted on March 13, 2018

Fiberglass Insulation is a Lot Easier When You Know These Facts

When you think of the workhorses of insulation, fiberglass likely comes immediately to mind. It can sometimes be referred to as fiberglass wool, but whatever name it goes by, it’s made by taking many short fibers of glass and pulling them through extremely tiny openings. It’s great at insulation and sound proofing, and it makes a great choice for homes or loud environments.

You likely knew the above but do you know much else about this excellent product? At Grove Hardware, we want to help our clients not only find all the construction supplies they need, but better understand their options. Read on to learn more about fiberglass insulation and then reach out to us at 909-544-4331 if you have questions.

There are several types of fiberglass insulation

You have your options when it comes to fiberglass insulation. You have blown-in options, batts, and blankets. The last two are fairly fast to install when they’re installed between post or studs – depending on the construction. There are many formulations as well, everywhere from paper-faced batts with side tabs that are stapled, to unfaced batts that you secure in place with plastic sheathing. The blown-in options are a lot lighter and can be used where blown-in cellulous would be too heavy.

Fiberglass can be used in many ways

Fiberglass offers both great acoustical insulation and impressive thermal insulation. The fact that it’s so lightweight means that it’s easy to handle and install. When it’s blown-in, it gets R-values of between 2.2 to 2.7 an inch. You’ll find that blankets and batts get even higher R-values. Typically between 3 and 4, depending on the specifics.

Note that though the blown-in form’s R-value is lower compared to cellulose, the fact that it’s lighter means that you can use it in places that would be difficult or impossible to get cellulose. It’s also great for many applications, and that’s why it’s so popular with both homeowners and contractors.

Fun facts about fiberglass insulation

Did you know that fiberglass isn’t just used in structures but also is located within ship bulkheads and submarines? It’s also used in many industrial and commercial applications, such as lining car body panels to lower noise. In order for the manufacturer to make the fine fibers needed for this job site supply, the glass gets up to 2500 degrees F. Thankfully, it doesn’t settle and lose some thermal properties (as cellulose does).

Are you ready to learn more about materials and products that may be great choices for your job site? Then you’re ready to work with Grove Hardware. Feel free to stop by during regular business hours or call us at 909-544-4331 with any questions. We are your neighborhood construction hardware store that can offer more than just products – we offer expertise.

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