Blown-In Insulation – A Smart Choice for Existing Construction

What is Blown-In Insulation?

Blown-in (or “blow in” insulation), as its name implies, is loose insulation blown or sprayed into a space with a large hose using air pressure from a blowing machine. Blown-in insulation works very well, especially for filling already finished walls, attics, and floors. Several different types of insulation are used for blown-in installations. Depending on the installer or contractor, and the type of insulation, slightly different methods are used to blow or spray them in. At Upstate Spray Foam Insulation, the material is pumped pneumatically from our truck-mounted blowing machine, keeping particulates and dust out of your home. The types include cellulose, fiberglass, and foam. Blown-in products have improved tremendously over the years, with better insulating effect, and less settling, than previous generations have used.

Blown-In Attic, Wall, and Floor Insulation

If spaces between the interior or exterior walls, or beneath floors, are already sealed (existing construction), unobtrusive holes are created for the blown-in insulation tubes to blow material into the spaces between joists or studs. Once each space is filled, the openings are sealed. If spaces are open (as in attics), the insulation is blown into place, and left open or sealed in, according to the owner’s preference. Sealing these spaces will provide a better insulation effect.

If your existing home is in need of blow-in insulation in the exterior walls, our crew can temporarily remove rows of siding to gain access to your wall cavities. The insulation is then pumped into your walls to a dense pack. Once the cavities are filled, we seal the drilled holes and re-install the siding to original condition. We are able to do this with all popular types of siding, such as wooden clapboards, vinyl, aluminum, and cedar shakes, among others.

Blown Fiberglass or Loose Fill Fiberglass

Blown fiberglass is another product we have used often. This is similar to the “batts” or rolled insulation you may have seen before. Loose-fill fiberglass is often used in attics, and in some cases, walls. It is resistant to moisture, fungus, and mildew. Blow-in fiberglass is often used in attic spaces, and while it is not as good as cellulose in terms of performance, it is preferred because of its cleanliness and low dust.

Blown Cellulose or Loose Fill Cellulose

Blown, or “blow-in”, cellulose insulation has a long history, and includes primarily recycled plant cell matter treated with a fire retardant for safe home use. Blow-in cellulose insulation is often used for insulating both sidewalls and attic spaces. Cellulose can be blown into your sidewall cavities to reach high R-values, such as R-13 in 2×4 walls, and R-22 in 2×6 walls. This is the most popular of our blow-in insulation products, and is a proven low-cost, economical product when insulating existing homes (without getting into renovation).

Upon a site visit/inspection to your home, our experienced estimators can determine if your existing home is a good candidate for blow-in insulation. No matter what type of insulation we recommend, it will save you money by improving your home’s efficiency, lowering your energy bills, and increasing the value of your home. All while avoiding costly renovations that keep your home “under construction”.

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Blown-In Insulation installed into an attic in Clark Mills home.

“As always your staff put customer service above everything. Your employees are great! Thank you Jeff, Neal, Alan and Kelly! Mr. Christian; your staff is superior when it comes to knowledge, skill and professionalism. For that reason we will use Upstate for all of our future insulation needs and recommendations. Thank you!”

– Karen Getman, Clark Mills, NY
Insulation of Existing Home through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

315.822.5238 ~ 122 South St. West Winfield, NY 13491

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