There are many different kinds of materials used for insulation and each of them comes with its benefits and drawbacks when it comes to safety. The most significant factor in the safety of insulation has to do with how well it was installed and maintained. Insulation that has become wet from a leak or moisture buildup will be ineffective and potentially lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Products like spray foam insulation can be hazardous to breathe until they have cured, so hiring a professional who knows how to properly install the spray form is important. If you have any questions about the safety of an insulation product you are considering installing in your property, just contact our team and we will be happy to discuss the safety factors with you.
Common Safety Concerns with Popular Insulation Products
Fiberglass insulation is popular because it is inexpensive and widely available. They come usually in batts or rolls and are typically used in wall cavities. The main concern with fiberglass is it can irritate the skin if proper gloves and protective wear are not worn during installation. Once the insulation is enclosed behind drywall, there is little safety concern.
Cellulose is commonly made from recycled wood and other eco-friendly materials. Cellulose in most cases can come in a loose fill form and is a good option for attic and crawlspace insulation. It has a higher risk of fire hazard unless it is treated with a specific solution to make it fireproof. Most cellulose products will come with a fire rating and property owners can choose which product is the best fit for their needs.
Spray foam insulation is made from synthetic materials, like polystyrene and polyurethane. It does not irritate the skin on contact and is considered inert once it has cured. Foam insulation is known to provide excellent thermal resistance, making it the number one choice for homes and businesses. During the curing process, however, it has an off-gassing effect which can lead to health concerns if inhaled. It is best to not attempt to install spray foam products on your own, get professional technicians who have the protective gear and the knowledge on how to properly ventilate a building during the curing process.
Safest Option: Hire Professionals
Most issues with insulation arise from improper and unprofessional installation. The best way to avoid danger arising from insulation installation is to hire the services of a professional installer. Whether you are planning to insulate your new building or replace old insulation, our team at Proinsulate is always at your service. Your health and safety are our utmost priority. Proinsulate has both the equipment and skills needed to ensure that your residential or commercial building insulation is installed correctly. We can help you choose an insulation product that meets all of your safety concerns, building needs, and budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Proinsulate Service Areas
Our team works in Edmonton and surrounding areas including Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Leduc. If you have any questions about an insulation project in your area, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.