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With the current tidal wave of environmentally-friendly products hitting the market, figuring out which are actually worth the money can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But of all these energy saving products, eShield™ multi-layer foil insulation truly rises above the rest.

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Benefits of Fiberglass Insulation Over Other Options

fiberglass insulation

Fiberglass is a type of silicate fiber primarily composed of glass that is used in a wide variety of applications, and is predominantly employed as a residential and commercial thermal insulator. Fiberglass is also used to create products as varied as automobile bodies, boat hulls, arrows, roofing, shower curtains, and tent poles. As an insulator, it slows the spread of heat, cold and sound in structures, cars and aircraft.

Fiberglass insulation is significantly cheaper than spray foam insulation, although spray foam insulation proves effective in extremely cold conditions. Used in roughly 85% of American homes, fiberglass insulation is the most common form of home insulation. Meanwhile, spray foam insulation has less of a market share but is increasing in popularity. Fiberglass insulation can also be installed by homeowners, while spray foam requires professional insulation.

By trapping pockets of air, it keeps rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer and thereby serves as a convenient method to increase energy efficiency. Fiberglass is an attractive choice for home insulation because it poses no fire hazard. According to some estimates, thermal insulation (made from fiberglass and its alternatives) conserves 12 times as much energy as is lost in its production, and it may reduce residential energy costs by up to 40%.

In homes, fiberglass insulation can be installed in various parts of the building envelope. It can be pink, yellow, white or green, depending on its manufacturer, and has a spongy feel. Commonly found in blanket form, called batts, it is available in bags containing standard pre-cut lengths and widths. Batts are typically stapled into place. It also comes in bags as loose fill that can be blown into attic, wall and floor cavities. Most fiberglass batts are manufactured with a paper or foil backing, which serve as a vapor barrier, that faces the direction of warmth. When installed correctly, it creates a continuous membrane that retards the passage of moisture and reduces the likelihood that fibrous particles will enter the living space. It is important that the backing always faces the warm side of the structure in which the insulation is installed.

Why Choose Fiberglass over other materials:

Strong and long-lasting: Pound for Pound fiberglass is stronger than sheet metal. Fiberglass has a high resistance to corrosion; it will not rust.  Perfect for products used outside, in states near the ocean, with the high salt content in the air.  Fire-retardant resins can make your products stand up against fire and will only char not burn up.  Perfect when products will be around corrosive chemicals.

  • Design Freedom: There are very few restrictions with molding fiberglass, giving the engineer unlimited possibilities.  Get away from the old boxy looking products and design visually appealing ones that are still as structurally strong and durable.  Can take a multi-piece part and convert it into just one.
  • Appearance: Using fiberglass for product covers and enclosures definitely improves its aesthetics.  Achieve any look and feel desired.  Finishes give fiberglass components a high tech appearance.
  • Cost Effectiveness: With steel being dependent on China’s steel prices, you will have stable prices with fiberglass. Lower costs for maintenance and warranty work.  A lighter and stronger product results in lower costs for shipping and storage.
  • Special Characteristics: Fiberglass is non-conductive and radio frequency transparent.  Perfect for housing electronics without disturbing their performance and protects employees from hazards inside. 
  • Fiberglass absorbs sound waves more than bounces off, thus giving it extremely good acoustics, for lowering machinery volumes and achieving acceptable and/or required sound levels. Unlike metal, plastic, and wood; fiberglass has the least expansion and contraction with heat, cold and/or stress.
  • Moisture resistance

When exposed to moisture, fiber glass insulation neither absorbs nor holds water. If fiber glass insulation does get wet during or after installation, installers should visually inspect it on all six sides for contamination. If the material appears free of visible defects, installers must dry it thoroughly to restore its full R-Value. Once the area surrounding the insulation has also been inspected, cleaned and fully dried, the fiber glass insulation can be reinstalled and will regain its original R-Value.

Recycled content

Between 1992 and 2000, the fiber glass insulation manufacturing industry recycled more than 8 billion pounds (3.6 billion kg) of pre and post-consumer glass containers, eliminating the need for millions of cubic feet of landfill space. Fiber glass insulation has significant recycled content, with some batt, roll and loose-fill insulation products containing up to 80 percent recycled glass. The other main ingredient in fiber glass insulation, silica sand, is an abundant, naturally renewing resource, limiting environmental impact in the manufacturing process.

You could install the fiberglass yourself, or leave it to the professionals. Here at eShield, we specialize in helping you increase the energy efficiency of your home for a low, low price! Whether it’s installation for your basement or attic, or if you need energy-saving products, we here at eShield have got you covered. Do call us at 866-978-9170 and we’ll be happy to help you today!