Comparing Cellulose And Fiberglass Insulation

Posted on: 3 February 2016

Cellulose and fiberglass insulation can be found in most homes around the country, and for good reason. Both are efficient methods at preventing temperature fluctuations within your home, helping you save money on your energy bills and maintaining your home's comfort level during extreme weather. However, despite providing the same function, the distinct material differences between cellulose and fiberglass insulation give each type of insulation a unique set of advantages. Understanding the differences between the two can help you pick the insulation that best fits your home's needs.

Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose insulation is the more affordable option of the two, which makes it a better option for homeowners who have a tight budget to maintain. The exact price of cellulose insulation will depend on the quality and manufacturer of the insulation. Cellulose is made out of recycled newspaper and is installed using a blower. This makes cellulose ideal for hard to reach areas, such as attics or crawl spaces as you don't have to staple or install the insulation by hand.

However, the lower price point of cellulose is somewhat mitigated by the fact that it needs to be installed using a blower. Though blowers can be rented from hardware stores, it is a much better idea to hire a professional from a company like Tracy's Insulation, Inc. to ensure that the insulation is put into place properly, which can raise the installation costs. Furthermore, if cellulose insulation becomes wet due to a leak in the roof, it will clump up, become largely ineffective, and have to be entirely replaced.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation has a similar insulative value to cellulose insulation, and comes in batting, or large rolls of insulation that have to be installed by hand. Unlike cellulose, it does not require any special equipment and can be easily installed by hand, both lowering the installation costs and making it much harder to install the insulation improperly. Fiberglass insulation is also able to withstand water exposure much better than cellulose does and will not need to be replaced if it gets wet.

However, fiberglass insulation can irritate your skin and eyes, and care must be taken during the installation process to protect yourself. Furthermore, the less expensive installation process is somewhat mitigated by the higher material cost of fiberglass insulation (again, which will depend on the quality and manufacturer in question). Additionally, the installation process of fiberglass insulation is much more labor intensive, as the batting has to be cut to fit the areas it is to be installed in, which takes longer when compared to cellulose's blower method of installation.