In the UK typically comes in one of 4 ways, Blanket Insulation, Loose Fill insulation, Sheet Insulation, and Blown Fibre insulation. They all have their own benefits and practical applications, and they are all made from very similar materials. So what are they made from? And is it safe?
What is Loft Insulation Made From?
Some of the most common materials that are used in loft insulation are sheep’s wool and mineral wool, which is made from rocks like basalt or slag which are spun out when they’re molten. Another of the most common types of loft insulation materials is cellulose, which is made from recycled paper that has been treated with chemicals such as borate.
There a couple of other types of insulation material such as foam, but broadly speaking most loft insulation, regardless of type, is made from one or a combination of mineral wool, sheep’s wool, or cellulose. Occasionally there may be added extras such as recycled newspaper that has been treated for fireproofing thrown in there tooI’s Loft Insulation Safe?
Ultimately loft insulation is safe, that is something that needs to be made absolutely clear – thankfully we have moved on in the 21st Century from throwing materials into homes without testing them for safety properly.
However, that doesn’t mean that the materials themselves don’t have some potential risks that it is important to be aware of. For example, mineral wool can cause skin irritation in some cases, and could cause respiratory issues if inhaled. So, if you are installing insulation made from mineral wool then it is advisable to make sure that you wear proper protective clothing and a mask to avoid any potential health effects.
Cellulose is also generally safe but can in some cases be a potential fire hazard if not installed properly, which makes it important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing cellulose-based insulation, and make sure that it isn’t in contact with any electrical wiring or potential heat sources.
Another important thing to mention when it comes to loft insulation is that if it is installed improperly then it can cause problems related to damp or poor air quality in your home.
The important thing to remember when reading the potential dangers of loft insulation is that almost everything used in home building will come with a warning label – there could be potential dangers to the carpet you have put down if you get a loose fibre underneath your skin!
Loft insulation is a safe, effective, and cost-effective way to keep your home warm and reduce your energy costs. But it is always important to make you are aware of the potential dangers that could come with it, which will be provided by the manufacturer’s, so that you can take any appropriate precautions you may need to.