Common Wood Fiber Insulation Questions
There are several questions that contractors often ask about wood fiber insulation. See common questions that our team members are often asked and our answers below.
In which geographies can wood fiber insulation be used?
Wood fiber insulation can be used in any climate area across the United States. There are outlined climate zones designated by the International Residential Code and wood fiber insulation is a cost-effective and reliable insulation solution for each zone. Our team members at your local Service Partners branch would be happy to help you find the wood fiber insulation products that would be optimal for your geographical location.
Does wood fiber insulation increase fire risks for buildings?
There are wood fiber insulation products that are treated with borate in the manufacturing process. When the borate compounds are integrated with the products, it results in solutions that help protect against fire and achieve Class A flame spread and smoke ratings. Even if a wood fiber insulation product is not treated with borate, it can help still flame spread with a carbonization process that occurs which results in a protective exterior layer that prevents rapid combustion.
Does wood fiber insulation meet new energy code standards for buildings?
Absolutely! There are newly state-adopted energy codes that are being implemented, such as 2015-2021 IECC codes. These codes require more R-values in attics and roof assemblies. Wood fiber insulation is a cost-effective and high-performance solution for these new code requirements.
Is wood fiber a good insulator?
Yes. It has a high thermal capacity of up to R-4 per inch which slows the heat transfer in a home or commercial building to reduce heating loads, cooling loads, and ultimately energy bills for the owner.
What if wood fiber gets wet?
Wood fiber insulation is a vapor open and repells water at high densities. It can absorb, store and release vapor and bulk moisture without degrading the insulation over time. Moisture passes through the insulation, reducing the risk of mold, rot and allergens.