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The Difference Between Cellulose and Asbestos Insulation

With asbestos still being used as a very commonly used fire retardant and a very popular insulator right until the end of the 1980’s. It was very versatile, affordable and it could be used in tiles and blow it with another material, vermiculite.

Differences Between Asbestos And Cellulose Insulation

Before we review the differences between asbestos and cellulose insulation, it is worth comprehending the properties regarding each of these materials.

Asbestos Insulation

Many people do not know that asbestos is, in fact, a natural mineral. asbestos is in general terms flexible and soft but also has great corrosion resistant and heat resistant properties. From the early 1950’s for a period of nearly forty years, the construction industry used asbestos as an insulator and fire retardant. When you view older buildings and houses, you will still find asbestos in drywall, tiles, tile grout and in the attic. That being said, so long as there are no damage or wall cavities exposing asbestos fibers in the living areas of the property, it is deemed to be safe. However, it becomes a very serious health hazard when asbestos particles become airborne and are able to reach the areas of the proeprty you occupy.

Cellulose Insulation

As an asbestos alternative, cellulose insulation is made from many different materials including cardboard, hemp, straw, newspaper, and many other different materials. When a paper-based cellulose mix is utilized by builders, it is treated with something called boric acid to give it fire resistance properties.

The two most common forms of cellulose insulation include dry cellulose and that is also known as loose-fill insulation. Builders will use a blower to blow the cellulose into the wall through holes. it can also be used to fill wall cavities. Wet spray cellulose is something builders use to apply to walls that have been newly constructed. The primary difference between dry cellulose and wet spray is that water is added during the sprying process. it provides a better seal for the prevention of heat loss.

Like asbestos, cellulose works well within pipes, walls and around wiring. it assists in both suppressing fires and both insulating your home. Cellulose also utilizes material that is recycled and that is a big advantage for owners of buildings looking to go green.

Differences

So now you understand the differences in the ingredients, they do look very similar when they are inspected. Although it is a different insulator, there are similar issues with vermiculite attic insulation as it is a very difficult proposition to see whether asbestos is contained within. The best thing to do is not to touch it but obtain the services of a professional to extract some samples and get a confirmation as to whether it contains asbestos. If asbestos is contained, you will want to seriously consider instituting a program of asbestos management or to completely remove the asbestos.

What To Do Next

When more than ten square feet of asbestos, you need the services of a professional abatement company. When you are handling larger projects, there is an extremely high risk of exposure and contamination not only to you but also those around you.

The professional contractor will quickly and safely remove the asbestos and with the set-up of barriers surrounding the work area to prevent tenants from coming into contact with asbestos. Reverse airflow will be used to keep the asbestos fibers from spreading. They will then wear equipment with special protective qualities and cleanse the area with HEPA filter vacuums and then properly dispose of the asbestos.

Phoenix Insulation Contractor Service

Whether you prefer cellulose insulation or fiberglass insulation our team here at Barrier Insulation will help you keep your home more comfortable and energy costs down.  We are happy to provide all of the most popular and effective insulation options to Phoenix Valley homeowners and businesses.  We welcome you to discuss your property’s needs with us and allow us to find an option that’ll fit your budget.

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Garage Insulation R Value
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Does Fiberglass Insulation Need To Be Covered?

Does fiberglass insulation need to be covered, or is it safe to leave it exposed? The answer depends on how you use the space where the exposed fiberglass is located. You often see that homes have exposed fiberglass insulation in the basement or attic. Pink, fluffy batts wedged tightly between studs, rafters, and joists insulate the space against exterior temperature changes Read on to learn more!

Fiberglass Insulation In Spaces That Are Unoccupied

Builders leaving fiberglass insulation exposed are in compliance with building codes because as long as the insulation is undisturbed. The American Lung Association agrees. This means if your attic or basement with exposed fiberglass insulation is used for storage only, there’s no need to change anything.

Exposed Fiberglass Insulation In Occupied Spaces

What if the previous owner of your new home used the unfinished basement for storage, but you want to convert it into a gym or playroom? In this case, even if you don’t plan on completely finishing the basement, you should cover the exposed fiberglass insulation for safety reasons, including disturbing fiberglass insulation can send particles into the air that act as lung, eye, and skin irritants and children playing around exposed fiberglass insulation may touch or even eat it, which can be a serious risk to their health.

Covering Fiberglass Insulation

If you decide to cover fiberglass in an occupied living space, make sure you choose a permeable barrier that won’t trap moisture. This allows your home to breathe more easily and helps prevent mold growth. Suggestions for covering exposed insulation include working with an insulation expert to ensure safe, code-compliant results, installing plywood flooring over the floor, installing sheetrock or paneling over the walls and sealing the insulation by stapling a polymembrane sheet on top of it.

Source: https://www.ibptampa.com/blog/covered-fiberglass-insulation

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

What's A BTU (British Thermal Unit)
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What’s A BTU (British Thermal Unit)

A BTU is a British Thermal Unit. It’s a unit of measure like a calorie or a joule, but it’s an English unit. Like using yard instead of meter, we use BTU instead of calorie. Read on to learn more.

What Do They Mean To me?

A single BTU is equal to the energy released by burning a match. The more BTU’s you use, the more energy is consumed and the more it costs on your bill. By comparing BTU ratings, we can buy efficient products that can do the same job but “waste” fewer BTU. You will need to select a furnace or AC for your home depending on the size and type of home you have, because it will need to be able to produce enough BTUs to cool and heat your home properly. Carrier states:

“Once an HVAC pro has calculated the BTUs per hour (BTUH) needed for your home, he or she selects your furnace size or AC size,” says Keith. “For AC, we use both BTUH and ‘tons’ of air conditioning. One ton equals 12,000 BTUs, so a three-ton air conditioner would have a nominal capacity of 36,000 BTUH.”

In this case, ‘ton’ doesn’t mean the actual weight of the air conditioner. The term “ton” actually comes from the origins of refrigeration when ice had to be made for food storage.

“An air conditioning system is a refrigeration system, one designed for human comfort instead of food preservation,” he says. “It takes 12,000 BTUs to make one ton of ice, hence one ‘ton’ equals 12,000 BTUH.”

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Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

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Metal Roof Insulation Tips

Metal roof insulation is a great way to help with energy conservation. read on to learn more about the ideal materials to use for metal roof insulation.

Foam Batting

Foam batting is the ideal metal roof insulation. It comes in panels rather than being paper covered fiberglass and can be used inside or on the outside. This spray insulation or over rolled up insulation is great because it lays flat and can be installed in a simple manner under the metal roofing.

Lay Insulation On Paper Liner

Paper wrap is important to the health of the home by not allowing water to build up in the space between the sheathing and the metal roof. As a place where mold can quickly grow, it is important to make sure that the paper liner is placed between the insulation and the sheathing.

Installation With Staples

The quickest, way to install metal roof insulation is with 1½ inch staples. You can easily go through several sheets of insulation and know that they are secure. Another benefit of using staples is that they do not make a large hole when penetrating into the sheathing. You will also be able to remove them much easier if there are any repairs that need to be made.

Cut Panels

Before doing any work with the metal roof insulation you should have it brought up onto the roof. This reduces the need to go up and down the ladder for tools, pieces of insulation, and making measurements. Make all cuts to the foam panels on the roof for more accurate cuts and quicker placement.

Gaps Between Panels

When there are gaps, or channels, between the pieces of insulation, you allow the air to flow between each one. The gaps do not have to be more than 1/8 inch, but they are important to the health of the roof, the insulation, and the house as a whole.

Purlins

One of the more popular methods of placing metal roofing on a home is to lay down purlins across the existing shingles. In this case, simply lay the insulation between the purlins. Make sure that the insulation you are using is the same thickness so that the metal roof will fit better.

Source: https://www.doityourself.com/stry/6-tips-for-installing-metal-roof-insulation

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Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Shed Insulation
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Shed Insulation

Sheds have many uses these days and it may be helpful to have them insulated so they can be used in many different conditions. But you do need a sturdy prefab type shed to do this. Read on to learn more.

Insulated Shed Walls

One thing to consider is the usage of the shed as well as the climate. More elaborate insulation may be required if you keep, for example, lovestock in the shed as opposed to tools. Simiarly winter insulation will be of less importance in Arizona than in Alaska.

Air Barriers

An air barrier prevents outside air from getting inside the shed and prevents inside air from escaping to the outside. The shed is wrapped in the air barrier and them you put your choice of siding over the top. These layers will keep air out and should assist in maintaining the correct temperature. This option is not really suitable if you have fragile equipment unless you have a separate heating and cooling source.

Fiberglass

Yellow or pink fiberglass is the most used kind of insulation. When the shed has studded walls this is simple to install between the studs and then you can cover the insulation with sheetrock or plywood. It also works as a vapor barrier and that assists in keeping humidity low. This is vital for wooden sheds to prevent warping.

Foam Board

This is a cheaper kind of insulation and would be ideal in some climates for keeping livestock but you will want to ensure animals cannot get into it as it is shiny.

Roof Insulation

If you insulate your shed roof, be sure to leave ventilation space, especially in heated insulated sheds. Condensation will form without adequate ventilation when the heat rises. This can lead to mold growth and rotting of wood.

Floor Insulation

Insulating the floor of your shed, especially a vapor or air barrier, can make a great deal of difference in the effectiveness of protection the shed provides.

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Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Bathroom Insulation
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Bathroom Insulation

When you have proper insulation it reduces the cost of heating and cooling your home but inadequate or damaged insulation in the bathroom is a leading cause of rotting and mold. Read on to learn more.

Bathroom Mold Dangers

The health problems caused by mold are well documented by the Untired States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – they note it can produce harmful allergens and mycotoxins as well as fungus and toxins caused by the fungus. Responses may include hay fever like symptoms, dermatitis and mold. Black mold in particular is a concern as it can be the instigator of asthma attacks.

What To Look For

  • Water stains on your ceiling.
  • Water marks around bath vents.
  • Darkened wood.

Mold Elimination

If you neglect mold it may be costly from a financial and health standpoint. So, if you see these signs it is vital to replace your bathroom insulation as soon as possible.

Bathroom Insulation

Sprayed insulation, such as cellulose or foam, are usually smarter choices than fiberglass for your bathroom. Another path is foam pipe insulation, which will keep pipes warmer during cold months. If you prefer a more “green” solution, try soy-based foam insulation, which is mold- and mildew-resistant.

Schedule Your Insulation Services Today!

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Cheap Ways To Cool A Room
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Keeping A Cold House Warm

In winter time, heating bills can become more burdensome but there are ways to help keeping a cold house warmr and they do not have to be expensive read on to learn some solutions.

  • Set timers on heating. It is a myth that it is bets to keep the heating on all day long. Switch it on earlier if it is very cold as opposed to just turning up the theromstat to warm the house quickly.
  • Check the insulation you have in your house and maybe have a pfoessional visit to offer some advice of how it can be improved. In the medium term it may be a good idea to budget for additional insulation in the future.
  • Speaking of insulation do not forget your loft or attic. Altohugh it often contains insulation, there may be hatches or gaps or even small holes in the roof leading to cold and damp.
  • Covering bare floorboards is a good idea because they can cause you to lose about tem percent of your heat. If you do not have full carpeting, blankets and rugs can be used and you can even apply some filler to gaps or cracks in the floorboards.
  • Close the door in roomsthat ar enot frequently used as it will contain the existing heat in a smaller area.
  • Installing a shelf above a radiator can chanmnel warmth as it will prevent hot air from rising.
  • Ensure your radiators are clean and avoid putting large items of furniture in front of them.
  • Use a DIY draught excluder. A sausage dog style draught excluder should help stop heat from escaping from under doors.
  • If you have a mail slot in your front door, deal it when it is not being used and think about getting a key hole cover as well. These are very useful with wider and older keyhole styles.
  • If you are not using your chimney, consider a chimney baloon that is palced inside the chimney hole and prevents heat loss.

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Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Interior Wall Insulation
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Interior Wall Insulation

In the average home, over 30 % of heat gets lost because of poor insulation. This is not only a quality of life issue, but it can also be very costly in the lon run

When making sure our walls are well insulated, we´ll guarantee ourselves and our loved ones a more comfortable life, while saving money by being as efficient as possible with heating.

Using blown-in fiberglass to insulate your home is a very cost-effective choice, particularly since you can most likely do it yourself without great difficulty.

Fiber glass insulation provides a very thorough blanket of foam to cover the surfaces in need of insulating, and therefore it really proves effective when it comes to stopping any air from coming through. The fact that it is quite cheap and fast to install (as opposed to batts or panels) make it a very useful option to keep in mind.

There are lots of other advantages to using fiberglass foam include the added longevity it can give to your roof and its shingles, by conditioning better the attic space; also, foam is the superior insulation technique when it comes to covering any cavities and spaces that need a precise covering. and it´s very useful for covering small gaps that may be left in a surface. It can even help reduce the infiltration of moisture in the home, which is a great benefit for general comfort and health. Additionally to the most common blown-in insulation material (fiberglass) there are other alternatives worth mentioning as well: namely, cellulose (much appreciated for its cost-effectiveness and extremely high R value, as well as for being often made of recyclable materials) and rock wool fiber (much more expensive, but provides excellent sound insulation as well, and is also noncombustible and a pest repellent in itself.) Fiberglass has become a staple in home building and improvement for centuries now. It is one of the most commonly used insulation materials, and indeed can be found in many homes across the world as such. There is much debate about the negative health effects of being surrounded by, and exposed to, fiberglass. But it is generally agreed upon that, when disturbed, fiberglass can release tiny particles into the air that can then get inhaled accidentally. To avoid this from happening, it´s important to make sure that you are properly equipped and covered when disturbing the fiberglass insulation, including using a respirator with a proper filter. Also, dampening the area before accessing it will help prevent any particles from becoming airborne. For those interested in safer alternatives to fiberglass, cellulose should be the go-to material. It has no known health hazards, and is a very ecological, cost-effective and practical way of insulating surfaces.

A less well-known option that is increasingly getting attention is using foil to insulate. Aluminum foil is actually a great insulator since it prevents heat from radiating by causing it to reflect back towards its source. Since it actually sends the heat radiation back to where it came from, it is in many ways more effective than other materials, which merely slow down the passing of the heat from one side to another. The porous nature of stone wool as an insulation material makes it well suited for trapping the air passing in between, thus preventing it from passing. It is also a great choice for those who wish to also insulate themselves effectively from noise.

Schedule Your Insulation Services Today!

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Garage Insulation R Value
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Asbestos Insulation Removal

Asbestos removal may become an issue when a material contyaining asbestos is damaged, crumbling or flaking in your home. Read on to learn more about what to do and the costs associated with the removal of asbestos.

Asbestos was used very widely in building materials before the start of the 1970’s. In reality it is actually a carcinogen but can often be found in older buildings among pipe and duct ventilation, vermiculite attic insulation, wall and ceiling acoustic tiles, cement floor tiles and siding as well as floor tile adhesives.

However it is wise that is the asbestos containing materials are in your home are undamaged, leave them alone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency it is far more dangerous to disturb them. In fact in the majority of states you must disclose if asbestos is in your home prior to its sale. But if you are planning a remodel, removing the asbestos will be the best thing you can do if you are going to disturb it in any way.

Asbestos Removal Basics

The first thing to do is to have the material you suspect containing asbestos tested and then have it professionally removed.

  • Speak with the asbestos program in your region as well as the asbestos administrative department in the state where the property is or you can contact OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) regional office to establish the local regulations and requirements for your area.
  • Find accreited asbestos contractors and inspectors who are trained and licenced in the testing and removal of safe asbestos.
  • Conflict of interest can be avoided by having suspect materials tested by a certain company and the removal completed by a different company.
  • Preparation is key. It may be the case you and your family will have to move out of your house on a temporary basis while the asbestos is being removed from the property.

Getting A Contractor

There is nothing infra dig about using a flooring, siding or roofing contractor for this as long as they are trained and well practices in the removal of asbestos. Before the commencement of work, you will want to ensure you have a written contract clearly expressing the local, state and federal regulations the contractor is obliged to follow including the clean up of your premises and the disposal of the asbestos. At the end of the job, get written evidence from the contractor that the above procedures were completed correctly. Have a licensed asbestos inspector perform a follow-up check as a final step.

Asbestos Removal Costs

An initial inspecton for asbestos costs an average of $600 with prices ranging from $400 to $800 for the US in 2019.

Asbestos removal costs do vary depending on how much needs to be removed. But you can expect an average minimum fee of $2,250 with averages varying on the low to high end at between $1,500 and $3,000.

Total asbestos removal in a home measuring 1,500 square feet with asbestos in the floors, walls, ceilings, pipes and roof averages $25,000 with costs ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 for the US in 2019.

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Garage Insulation R Value
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What R-Value of Insulation to Use for a Garage?

A lot of people usually don’t think of insulating their garage when they are insulating their house but doing so goes a long way in reducing energy costs for the whole house as it offers an additional buffer.

Insulating the Garage

When you have a room built over a garage, it becomes vital to insulate the ceiling of the garage to avoid the heated area above it from losing its heat. When you insulate your garage, use insulation with the exact same rated R-value as that was installed in your home’s ceiling and walls.

While insulating your garage won’t make it essentially warmer unless you include a heater, it will help to provide additional insulated space for the home. A great deal of people enter and exit the home through their garage, the additional insulation will help make the car start easier in the morning. Use the same insulation to insulate the garage that was used for the exterior walls of the home. If the walls and ceiling are closed in, think of using a loose fill type of insulation, as this type of insulation uses a machine to push the insulation where it needs to go through a hole in the sheetrock. Insulate the garage’s ceiling by using the suggested R-value for your area as advised by the Department of Energy.

Exterior Walls

If your exterior walls were constructed from 2-by-4 inch studs, the maximum insulation that can be installed into the wall while keeping its R-value is R-13 or R-15 as these are each made to fit a recess at a depth of 3 1/2 inches. Because insulation fits the width and depth of the recess between studs, when you condense insulation to fit the space, you take away its insulating properties — the trapped air between the fibers.

Ceilings

When you have a room over your garage, its floor rests on boards supported by joists. If the joists are 10 inches deep, the recess can take high-density R-30 insulation, which is 8 1/2 inches thick, more than adequate enough for floor insulation. If the rafters are open to the garage, (boards that support the roof) use R-38 insulation between the them at the roof, if they are at a depth of 10 inches. To add additional insulation inside the garage, using sheetrock install a ceiling and allow access to the space between the new ceiling and the roof. This allows you to add the required insulation. While some ceilings in the southwestern part of the United States require a minimum of R-19 insulation, most attics or ceiling areas require a minimum of R-38 in the ceiling.

Garage Door Insulation

Use specialized foil-backed blanket insulation to fit the inside of your garage door. A lot of garage-door insulation has an R-value between R-8 and R-12, because it is thin enough to fit the space. This will add insulation to the garage door without hindering its functionality. Another option is purchasing a pre-insulated garage door that might have a higher R-value. If you insulate the garage without insulating the garage door will allow any heat collected in the room to escape through the door.

Best Way to Insulate Garages

When insulating your garage, it’s up to you to determine what type of insulation material works best for your garage.

Your overall goals and expectations and what they are will help you choose the insulation that works best in your situation. If you need a conditioned space that will keep cold air out of your home or extra room, a material that creates an air barrier will benefit you most.

Cellulose and fiberglass insulation don’t provide the kind of air barrier you are looking for in this scenario, so a foam insulation is a better alternative.

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

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