Dry cellulose has replaced fiberglass as the insulation of choice when it comes to retrofitting detached garages. The dry cellulose material provides excellent noise cancellation, moisture control, heat transfer prevention and fire resistance. Furthermore, cellulose is made from two environmentally friendly, renewable materials: recycled newspaper material and borate powder products. When you select dry cellulose insulation for your detached garage renovation, you can rest assured the material will greatly benefit both the condition of your building and the environment. Read on to learn more about the five main benefits of choosing dry cellulose insulation.
Dry cellulose insulation is densely packed into the garage walls through small openings made between the framing lumber. The densely packed material dramatically reduces noise from traveling through the walls by absorbing the sound vibrations. In fact, up to 80% of noise is canceled as it attempts to travel through the cellulose material. The insulation will muffle sound coming from next door or down the street, so you can think about your next project in peace without having to leave your garage or wear earplugs. Your neighbors will also be safe from the racket caused by your air and power tool usage as you forge ahead with your garage tasks.
Dry cellulose actually keeps moisture from accumulating inside your walls by allowing it to migrate through the fibers. As the moisture migrates, it quickly evaporates, leaving the inside of your walls clean and dry. With such a quick evaporation rate, mold and mildew do not have a chance to build up in your walls. Your insulation contractor will likely not need to install a vapor barrier with the dense pack, dry cellulose due to its supreme moisture dissipation abilities.
Heat Transfer Prevention
The resistance to heat flow, or R-value, of dry cellulose insulation is approximately four per inch, which is double the rating of low density fiberglass. As a result, cellulose dramatically decreases heat transfer through the garage's exterior walls. The material also prevents air leakage from affecting the temperature in the garage as caulk, windows seals and other barrier materials start to wear out over time.
Dry cellulose insulation contains up to 20% boric acid, ammonium sulfate or other flame retardant substances. The flame retardant minerals are added to the cellulose material after it goes through the hammer milling process. These natural minerals keep the cellulose fibers from smoldering, smoking or fully combusting when exposed to extreme heat. As an added benefit, these substances act as an insecticide by abrading the exoskeleton of insects, like ants, cockroaches and beetles, and causing them to dehydrate and die.
Although it can last a long time, fiberglass is largely made out of nonrenewable materials. Dry cellulose insulation, on the other hand, is primarily constructed out of recycled newspaper placed in community bins. The waste paper is shredded into tiny fragments in a single step process performed by the hammermill tumbler. The flame retardant minerals added to the finished paper shreds are naturally found in the environment and only pose a real threat to insects that come in close proximity to the insulation. The minerals are not toxic to humans or animals, especially when used as a confined element in your cellulose insulation.
Insulating Your Garage Build
When you are ready to discard your fiberglass insulation in favor of dry cellulose, give a contractor, such as those at Mincin Insulation Service Inc., a call to set up a consultation. Your insulation contractor will help you plan the project and take measurements to estimate your material costs. You can use the cost estimate provided by your contractor to verify that the insulation replacement remains in your budget range. If you approve of the project and its associated costs, you usually just need to sign the estimate and provide your initial payment to get started.