Fire-Resistant Insulation

Metro Orlando FL | Kissimmee - Sanford - Leesburg

 Fire-resistant insulation services by Heron Home & Outdoor - serving Orlando, Ormond Beach, Oviedo, Apopka, Leesburg, Kissimmee, Sanford FL and surrounding areasWe 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 your local home insulation experts providing information about this new technology. We highly 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 provide 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 material needs to fall within certain parameters. Ratings can vary widely between materials.

Types of Fireproof Insulation

  • Cellulose Insulation: An insulation made out of recycled paper that has been treated with boric acid.
    • Dry, loose insulation that is blown into walls.
    • 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 that 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 of melting basalt stone and slag from steel mills, and the resulting product is then spun into fibers.
    • Mineral wool is thick, stiff insulation, easy to measure, install, and cut into appropriate sizes and shapes.
    • It is water-resistant.
    • A great sound-proofer.
    • Resists temperatures of up to 2150 degrees Fahrenheit!
    • 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.
    • Generally delay combustion, rather than entirely stop it. Once the thermal coating has been burned through, the foam insulation will begin to burn.

Protecting Your Home with Fire Resistant Insulation

Using 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. The thermal coating on spray foam can reduce combustion, but it is not as effective as the other three types.

If you’re considering using fire-resistant 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. Contact Heron Home & Outdoor today to schedule a Free estimate!

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