Many people are concerned about an upcoming snow storm and their heating and cooling bills and wonder if they should spray insulation on their house. These are people who believe that the insurance companies will not cover them for a snow storm. Most are surprised to learn that their local fire departments have been dispatched and are ready to hose the insulation out of the house.
Insulation is a two-part process. First, a thin layer of insulation is sprayed in a tightly sealed envelope which is locked in a vented room with a strong ventilation system. After the insulation is done for the day, a large equipment usually called a “drier” is used to mop it off and clear away the insulation.
In most states, homeowners can clear their house up to one inch of insulation from the edge of the roof. However, the current regulations and laws are not so strict as to include exposing the ceiling insulation. The fiberglass shingles that cover the ceiling are covered with ceramic sheathing which is about the same thickness as the insulation that is being sprayed.
The shingles have to be removed as quickly as possible and the foam insulation can be discarded. This is done because it will only cause a severe problem and then will be the home not protected.
For each room, old roof insulation can be discarded, especially the attic ceiling. The problem is that the insulation must be peeled off the attic ceiling and applied to the ceilings of the other rooms in the house. If this is done quickly enough, the low density insulation will not be harmed.
The way that insulation can cause a problem for heating and cooling bills is by the use of the shingles which produce a smoke odor and, even if the insulation does not stick to the ceiling, the chemical from the shingles will produce a chemical smell. The amount of energy that it uses per day is also far greater than the insulation itself.
The best thing to do is to stick to the private home insurance for this kind of insulation. Private homeowners insurance does not cover fire damage or roof damage.
Although it is a practical solution, it is not the best possible solution to the problem. But it is not the worst solution either.
The best way to insulate your house is to make sure that it is not made out of fiberglass. It will not make the smoke problem go away.
Fiberglass is even worse. It is only good as an insulator because it is fire resistant and very strong. It will tear apart when exposed to fire.
The same paint is still used to paint the insulation. This means that there is still a chemical reaction to happen and it is still a danger to your house.