4 reasons to choose fiberglass insulation

Fiberglass insulation. It's proven.

When you're building a new home or planning extensive repair or remodeling of an existing one, you have a lot of decisions to make. Some are more fun than others. Selecting your countertops can inspire visions of a Houzz photo spread. Choose a wall color or window treatment – and you dream HGTV will be knocking at your door. Or maybe not … but at least you know your friends and neighbors will be impressed.

Deciding what type of insulation to have installed is not one of those fun decisions – but it can be much more important. It can definitely impact your budget.

So when it comes to insulation, it pays to be informed. In many situations and with many contractors, the decision about insulation can come down to fiberglass or spray polyurethane foam. Both have their proponents. Fiberglass combines the measures of comfort with exceptional value.

Here are the four reasons you should talk to your builder or contractor about fiberglass insulation.

1. Tried and true performance

Fiberglass insulation has been in use for at least 75 years, and is the most thoroughly researched and tested insulation on the market. But don't assume it's old-fashioned – today's fiberglass insulation is not the same as your grandfather's. Technological advances have resulted in products that are improved and – like blown-in systems – game changing.

1. Tried and true performance

Fiberglass insulation has been in use for at least 75 years, and is the most thoroughly researched and tested insulation on the market. But don't assume it's old-fashioned – today's fiberglass insulation is not the same as your grandfather's. Technological advances have resulted in products that are improved and – like blown-in systems – game changing.

2. Know your ingredients

Unlike spray foam insulation, fiberglass insulation is recycled-glass and mineral-based ingredients you can pronounce.

3. The same "bang," fewer bucks

R-value is the measure of insulation’s thermal performance. It doesn't matter what type of insulation you're looking at, fiberglass or spray foam, R-13 is R-13. They'll provide the exact same comfort and energy efficiency. Doing the arithmetic, fiberglass* is a cost-effective way to get the comfort and energy efficiency you want.

4. Repairs and improvements? No problem.

Spray foam insulation fills every bit of your walls and dries into a solid, completely encasing your plumbing and electrical lines. Great, but what if someday those lines need repairs? What if you need to reroute or add a line? All that hardened foam will need to be dug, chiseled and scraped out – and then, of course, replaced. Fiberglass insulation may make those jobs easier.

So there you have it. Four strong reasons to choose fiberglass. Let your wall colors inspire creativity. Let fiberglass insulation inside those walls inspire confidence.

Find more information and get help starting the conversation with your builder or contractor.

*The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation, 2017, BuildingGreen, Inc.