There are plenty of options when it comes to residential insulation, but one that many homeowners tend to overlook is wood fibre. Made from waste wood from the timber industry, wood fibre can be formed into boards or quilts to provide insulation with a wide range of benefits, so it's definitely something you should consider for your home.
Here are just five reasons it's a choice well worth considering.
People are becoming increasingly aware of how the decisions they make impact the environment, which might be why wood fibre insulation is becoming more popular. Unlike most artificial insulation materials, it is completely recyclable and compostable. No hazardous chemicals are used during production, and the material itself is sustainable and renewable. Additionally, the fact that wood fibre is created as a by-product of an existing industry means little energy is needed to create it.
2. Dimensionally Stable
One issue common to many insulation materials is that they aren't dimensionally stable. This means they will shrink over time. When that happens, spaces are left where insulation should be, which can result in heat loss and cold spots. However, wood fibre insulation will retain its original size and shape.
3. Fire Resistant
You might assume that wood fibre insulation would burn easily and spread flames quickly in the unlikely event of a fire, but this is not the case. As part of the production process, it is treated to provide fire resistance. If there is ever a fire, your wood fibre insulation will char instead of actually catching fire, which will help stop flames from spreading.
4. Safe to Work With
Most insulation materials require protective gear to be worn during installation. That means having to use goggles, face masks, and gloves when insulation is being handled, cut, and treated. This can be inconvenient whether you're adding insulation yourself or hiring contractors, and it's always best to avoid safety issues when you can. Wood fibre is ideal in this regard since it can be handled, cut, and treated without the need for protective equipment.
5. Sound Insulation
For the vast majority of homeowners, insulation is added to help control interior temperatures. However, insulation can also help control sound, and wood fibre is particularly good in this regard since it is relatively dense. If you live in a noisy area or want to keep the noise you yourself produce from disrupting neighbours, adding wood fibre insulation is a good idea.
Reach out to a contractor to learn more about residential insulation.
If you are planning to start a new construction project, you may be wondering about the best type of materials to use. About 6 months ago, I decided to carry out an extensive renovation of my home. This would involve demolishing one wall, extending the kitchen and the construction of a new patio area. I really wasn't sure which materials would be best. I consulted with a contractor and he explained the pros and cons of each material. In the end, I opted for wood and steel. I am really pleased with the end results. I hope this blog helps you to plan your construction project.