Everything You Need to Know About Fiberglass Insulation?

April 20, 2015

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Everything You Need to Know About Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass Has Bad-Boy Reputation

Fiberglass, however, has something of a reputation, a shady past. Fiberglass is that off-beat in-law or annoying cousin who can fix anything: Reliable and good-hearted, definitely yes; edging, peculiar and loud, yes again. Fiberglass, as a home insulation material, even has a peculiar look. It’s pink and looks almost like cotton candy. But it ain’t friendly. Don’t touch fiberglass: It’ll leave you itchy and red.

Fiberglass Rolls Up Its Sleeves for Hard Work

Among its very few peers in the insulation industry, fiberglass insulation performs its job exceedingly well, although it definitely lacks in PR skills. Without doubt, Insulating homes is smart business; good insulation saves homeowners thousands of dollars a year and significantly extends the life of a home. A no-nonsense workaholic, fiberglass is extremely popular; more than 90 percent of American homes are lined with it. Fiberglass earned its reputation partly from its gut. It’s been made partly of sand and recycled glass, which may cause skin irritations. Some researchers over the years have purported that inhaling fiberglass particles could lead to lung cancer – a serious charge which led to fiberglass’ bad-boy reputation.  However, in 2001, the International Agency for Research removed glass, rock and slag wool fibers from its list of substances that could cause cancer.

Pretty-Boy Fiberglass, by Comparision

Although fiberglass insulation may rightly deserve renown for both its excellent work and its irascible nature, fiberglass compares little with its immediate predecessor, asbestos. Although somewhat tamed over the last nearly 100 years, asbestos created a ruckus some 80 years ago that rocked several industries and shook the establishment. While asbestos maintained wild popularity dating to the ancient Greeks, its formidable benefits were subject to intense scrutiny when it was discovered in the 1930s that inhaling airborne asbestos particles led to all sorts of major health problems, including surprisingly disruption of proper cell division by its interference with chromosome distribution. The Environmental Protection Agency slapped a ban on any new uses of asbestos in 1989.

Everything You Need to Know About Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass Hangs with the Wrong Crowd

Herein lies the irony: While the two are often associated with each other, asbestos is naturally occurring and fiberglass is man-made. The association between the two has led to certain insinuations over the yers: Fiberglass was called the asbestos of the 20th century, although research in the 1970s concluded that little if any solid evidence existed that found fiberglass posed a significant danger. Although cleared of most health-related charges, fiberglass is still not exactly a substance suitable to have over for tea and biscuits.

Fiberglass insulation, for the most part, is safe, when properly installed – by professionals. It hides behinds walls and panels and quietly does its job of keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Isn’t that all you need?

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