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The Complete Guide to Green Insulation

Eco-friendly solutions in construction and remodelling aren’t anything new. They’ve been around for quite a while. However, today, this trend is seeing a rapid expansion. People are quick to recognize the benefits green solutions provide, both for themselves and for nature itself. And eco-friendly insulation is one of the best examples of this. So, let’s see what’s so great about green insulation, making contractors and homeowners alike race to fit it into every build.

Benefits of green insulation

More and more homeowners, new and old alike, opt for eco-friendly insulation every year. This type of home improvement comes with so many benefits that it’s practically impossible to ignore it. It can positively impact virtually every aspect of your life, from health to comfort and finances even. And all of that while preserving nature.

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An eco-friendly home is a better place for you and your family

Green insulation can improve your health

Green insulation materials are, by default, all-natural. Not only that, but the process of making them doesn’t involve nearly as many harmful chemicals. In most cases – it doesn’t involve any. As a result, this insulation can rarely cause health issues that are common for its standard counterpart.

Another benefit is the reduction in noise pollution as these materials double up as soundproofing. So, your home will become a more serene place after installing them.

Eco-friendliness is one of the most significant upsides

As the materials are natural, it’s easy to recycle them. In fact, a good part of eco-friendly insulation products consists of recycled materials. This, in turn, makes them cheaper and more energy-efficient to manufacture.

You’ll see an increase in comfort and energy efficiency

The primary purpose of insulation is to keep your home warm in winters and cool in summers. Granted, this is a drastically simplified explanation. Nevertheless, the fact remains: green insulation regulates your home’s temperature, and it does so exceptionally well.

Furthermore, this type of insulation is an excellent way to increase your home’s energy efficiency. With it, you’ll use less gas, fuel, or electricity to warm or cool your home. In other words: you’ll spend less on utilities—up to 20% less, to be precise. So, in the long run, it will pay for itself many times over.

Types of eco-friendly insulation

There’s a wide variety of eco-friendly insulation products and materials. Although they differ in effectiveness and installation methods, they all do the job well. Here are some of the most popular options today.

Cellulose

Cellulose insulation is made mainly from recycled newspaper, with some addition of other types of paper. And it doesn’t get any “greener” than that. Aside from being all-natural, the manufacturing process doesn’t involve any harmful chemicals. Therefore, this is one of the safest materials you can opt for if you want both a cosy and healthy home.

Sheep’s wool

 

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Sheep are some of the best providers of green insulation materials on the planet.

Sheep’s wool is an exquisite insulation material. It’s breathable while being fire, water, and mould resistant. Therefore, it’s one of the most popular insulation choices. Wool can dramatically improve the climate of your home, reducing your energy consumption and utility bills. Considering how little wool is used in the farming industry, using it as insulation is one of the best things you can do for yourself and nature.

Cotton

Cotton does take a large amount of water and pesticides to produce. Therefore, this material costs a bit more than the previous two. Still, it’s a fantastic insulator that doesn’t contain harmful compounds. Furthermore, it’s an excellent insect repellant that will keep a variety of creepy crawlies away from your home.

Icynene

If you want an incredible insulator that doubles up as soundproof, Icynene is the right choice for you. Made from castor oil, it comes in the form of a spray that expands almost a hundred times its volume when used. As such, it’s not only an excellent insulator but a great material to seal leaks and drafts too. However, this property comes with a downside. Icynene’s sealing power is off the charts and, therefore, requires an excellent ventilation system. It makes it one of the most expensive options, albeit a worthy one.

Does remodelling to green insulation take a lot?

At first glance, remodelling your home to include green insulation might seem like a daunting task. And, to some extent – it is. After all, you are changing a core feature of your home. But, although it’s an extensive job, it doesn’t take nearly as much time as you might think. In most cases, it’s a one-day job. Of course, this largely depends on the size of the home itself and the team’s proficiency in charge of remodelling. That said, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process a bit.

Go with the pro’s

Knowledge and experience play a crucial role in the success of any project. With an endeavour as important and extensive as installing insulation, you don’t want to take any risks. Therefore, it’s best to hire professionals with a good track record and leave the work in their capable hands. That way, you’re ensuring the project won’t take more time than necessary. Furthermore, you’re ensuring the quality of work, which is the most important.

Provide a good work environment

The second-best thing you can do to ensure a swift project resolution is to make your home work-friendly. In other words, you want your workers to function unobstructed. As with any remodel, installing insulation will take a lot of back-and-forths, as well as bundles of materials and tools. So, to ensure seamless workflow, it’s a great idea to empty the part(s) of the house you’re remodelling. If you’re only insulating a roof or a single room, this won’t be too much of an issue. You can shift furniture and your belongings from one area to another without too much effort.

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Provide a great work environment, and you’ll have a superbly insulated home in no time.

However, if you’re doing extensive work (i.e., the entire home), you might want to think about an all-encompassing solution. To this end, self-storage (or regular one) can be godsent. So, do a bit of research to find the best possible option that suits your needs. You’ll keep your belongings safe and out of the way, thus avoiding risks of damage and unnecessary delays.

Go green, and you won’t go wrong.

With everything said, it’s not hard to see that green insulation has virtually no downsides. It improves your health and quality of life while being sustainable at the same time. It increases the value of your home while reducing utility bills and energy expenditure. And, most importantly, it helps preserve the beautiful planet we live on. So, don’t hesitate to contact your insulation expert and discuss how to go green. In the long run, it will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.