Capitol Machines Examines Various Insulation Types

September 18, 2015

In the world of sports, most games end with only one winner. The exception is the tie – which inevitably forces the tie breaker. Somehow two champions – or two first-place trophies – just isn’t satisfying. There’s the best, then everyone else is second or third or whatever.

While we at Capitol Machine may be overstating it, nothing else really matters except for the best, the top of the line, first place, the superior rating, five stars, the gold medal, the cream of the crop. We’re sure you get our gist.

We will examine the various types of home and business insulation types to determine the winner – our first place champion. We’ll start with the top three.

Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation Creates Airtight Seal

The most common type of insulation contractors use is blown-in fiberglass. And for good reason. This loose-fill insulation is formed from recycled glass which is spun into fibers; more than a quarter of it is from recycled materials.

Creating an airtight seal in walls and attics offers big savings for home and business owners looking to lower utility costs. It works very well in attics and crawl spaces by helping prevent moisture and mildew buildup.

Capitol Machines Examines Various Insulation Types

Cellulose Insulation is Mostly Recycled Material

Cellulose loose-fill insulation ranks very well next to fiberglass insulation. More than three-quarters of cellulose insulation is recycled material from newspaper, cardboard and plant fibers. It comes in loose-fill, stabilized and wall-cavity spray. It is non-toxic and won’t conduct heat. It fills in the small spaces in the same way as blown-in fiberglass insulation and creates that airtight seal.

In This Corner, Rock Wool Insulation

Blown-in rock wool is also a top contender in the insulation world. Like cellulose, it is mostly recycled material and is composed of naturally occurring mineral fiber from strands of heated rock or minerals. The National American Insulation Manufacturers states that loose-fill rock and slag wool resists settling so “that the installed thermal performance is maintained over the life of the product.” Similar to its insulation brethren, it resists moisture and creates air-tight barriers.

Our powerful Capitol Machine insulation machines easily manhandle these three insulation types, guaranteeing your insulation projects will be secure, successful and sound. We’ll let you choose the winner.

Did you find this competitive analysis useful? Do you have insights of your own you’d like to share? Feel free to contact us with questions or to learn more.