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Understanding Attic Roof & Ceiling Insulation

Noise pollution affects homeowners in varying ways, from annoyance to long-lasting health and hearing problems from long-term exposure to high-decibel frequencies. Utilizing soundproof insulation greatly reduces high-decibel noise pollution and acts as a positive thermal and fireproofing barrier.

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In striving to effectively conserve energy in the home and possibly reduce utility bills in the process, homeowners utilizing attic insulation may see varying results. Without insulation of some sort, homes typically need larger, more expensive heating and cooling devices.

Since insulation helps to conserve energy, the lack of such a product typically causes heating and cooling devices to work harder and consume more electricity or gas, which in turn costs consumers more money. In effect, insulation provides blanket protection for homes and homeowners alike.

Commonly placed in attics, crawlspaces, behind sheetrock, and between floors, insulation acts as an impediment to moving air and keeps differentiating temperatures at bay. Though made from various materials, insulation typically comes in four distinct types: rolls and batts, loose-fill, rigid foam, and foam-in-place. Each type offers varying degrees of support and success.

Commonly Used Materials for Attic Insulation


One of the most commonly used products, insulation made from fiberglass utilizes fine glass fibers fused together. Resistant to both heat and fire, the material typically comes in either rolled batts or in blanket form insulation. Fiberglass insulation may also take the form of loose-fill, which may then be used as blown-in insulation.

Mineral Wool

Mineral wool insulation typically refers to one of two types of materials. One, called rock wool is a man-made substance containing natural minerals such as basalt. The other, slag wool, comes from the “slag,” or the waste materials that are the result of the smelting or refining process. Also available in both batt and loose-fill form and fire-resistant without having to add further chemicals, the material remains dense and fills voids in both walls and floors without losing fireproofing and soundproofing capabilities.

Natural Fibers

Not as common as other materials, some homes have begun to utilize a variety of other materials from nature in order to remain green and leave less of a carbon footprint. Such substances include cotton, newspaper, wool from sheep, and straw.

Cotton insulation utilizes recycled products like blue jean trim and is mixed with plastic fibers and added borate to make it fire-retardant. Sheep wool holds more water that most other materials, which helps guard against mold, but may also lead to less defense against fire, as water buildup and the need to dry after may cause the borate to dissipate over time.

Straw, once popular in the Midwest a century ago, has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years. The straw is typically fused to boards and may serve well as sound-absorbing panels.

Benefits of Using TAP Insulation

What makes TAP so effective?

Most traditional forms of insulation protect against fire, provide soundproofing, and help regulate temperatures in homes by keeping heat in and cold air out. One thing traditional insulation typically does not do is protect the home from invasive insects.

TAP insulation provides homeowners with the best of both worlds: a temperature-regulated, protected home that also helps to control household pests. Made from recycled materials and newsprint, TAP remains environmentally friendly and provides superior sound reduction, fire-resistance, and is a perfect fit in the home to help you provide protection for your family and pets.

The only pest control product with an Energy Star Rating, TAP proves more efficient than other cellulose insulations and helps control insects such as ants, cockroaches, and silverfish. Unlike other insulation products, TAP keeps out unwanted insects and weather elements that consistently do damage to the home, all while keeping families comfortable inside the home.

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