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We have experienced a true technological revolution in the last 100 years, and almost every aspect of our lives has been touched, in one way or another, by the enormous advances in science, medicine, and digital technology. Home construction is no different! Not only are homes beginning to be built out of non-traditional or even brand-new materials, but the material structures, insulation, and fixtures within a home are starting to change, too. Fireproof insulation is one of the most exciting advancements, and Heron Home & Outdoor is proud to be among the tech-savvy companies providing information about this new technology. We specifically recommend TAP insulation, which is also pest-repellent!
What is Fireproof Insulation?
It’s just as simple as it sounds: insulation that has been determined to be acceptably resistant to fire, although there is quite a bit of variation within that “acceptable” approval.
All materials used for building houses must fulfill state and city laws and regulations regarding fire-standards (and other standards). The ASTM, previously known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is one of the organizations that provides fire-resistance ratings for materials within the United States.
The ASTM runs a series of intensive tests to measure the efficiency of a material to withstand a fire, and every approved materials needs to fall within certain parameters. Ratings can vary widely between materials.
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Types of Fireproof Insulation
- Cellulose: An insulation made out of recycled paper that has been treated with boric acid.
- Cellulose is a dry, loose insulation that is blown into walls.
- Cellulose is very practical and easy to fill pre-existing wall cavities.
- This material will settle over time, and can sometimes leave holes within the insulation, causing heat or cold air to come into the house.
- Cellulose can hang onto moisture, which can be a significant problem if water becomes trapped within the walls, creating mold issues. While this is true of most cellulose insulation, TAP® insulation is mold and mildew resistant!
- Cellulose is almost entirely fire-resistant, if treated with the proper amount of borates.
- We provide TAP insulation installation, a type of cellulose insulation which has been specially treated to resist and repel pests! It’s so effective that the EPA has certified it!
- Mineral Wool Insulation: Also known as rock wool or stone wool, this product is made out by melting basalt stone and slag from steel mills, and the resulting product is then spun into fibers.
- Mineral wool is a thick, stiff insulation, easy to measure, install, and cut into appropriate sizes and shapes.
- It is water-resistant.
- Mineral wool is a great sound-proofer.
- Mineral wool insulation resists temperatures of up to 2150 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Mineral wool is almost entirely fire-resistant.
- Thermal coating on spray foam: although less effective than the three insulation types listed above, using a thermal coating on spray foam can significantly reduce the risk of combustion.
- Thermal coatings generally delay combustion, rather than entirely stop it. Once the thermal coating has been burned through, the foam insulation will begin to burn.
Use of Fire-Proof Insulation
Using a fire-resistant insulation is the best way to safeguard against fire damage. Mineral wool and cellulose insulations are extremely high-performing at resisting fire, though both have their own application requirements. Thermal coating on spray foam can reduce combustion, but it is not as effective as the other three types.
If you’re considering using fireproof insulation in your current or new home, we would love to talk with you about your options. TAP cellulose insulation is a great way to resist fire and pests with a single insulation product. Call Heron Home & Outdoor today!
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