Frequently Asked Questions

We hope we can answer all your insulation related questions. If not, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to give you the answer you are looking for.

What is “cellulose” insulation?

Cellulose thermal building insulation is the greenest insulation alternative composed of recovered and selected organic newsprint and other paper sources, releasing greenhouse gases during decomposition. With almost up to 85% post-consumer products, it is treated with non-toxic additives to add features such as fire resistance and retardation, as well as mould and pest resistance. Celluloseman utilizes and specializes in loose-fill (blown-in) installation used for numerous applications:

  • Attics
  • Cathedral Ceilings
  • Exterior Walls
  • Interior Walls
  • Floors
  • Basement Walls
  • Factory Built Homes

What are the benefits of adding or replenishing insulation?

Adding or replenishing your property’s insulation allows owners to save both on energy and utility costs. With bulk cellulose’s ability to maintain its R-value and cover tight areas, penetration of outside air is prevented. Insulation inhibits the movement of air from warm to cold (interior to exterior) in winter and cold to warm in summer (exterior to interior) by trapping air between its pores and fibres.

What is “vermiculite” insulation?

Vermiculite is a mica-like mineral mined around the world. Vermiculite is light, has good insulation properties, and is also fire resistant. Vermiculite insulation in the loose form is light brown/grey/gold in color and is a pebble-like material ranging in size from 2 – 10 millimeters in diameter.

How can "vermiculite" insulation harm your health?

If loose fill vermiculite containing asbestos is disturbed, asbestos fibres may be released into the air. The inhalation of asbestos fibres has been known to cause health problems in some of those individuals exposed. Asbestos can cause mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the abdominal or chest cavity), lung cancer and asbestosis (scarring of the lungs making breathing difficult).  An asbestos related illness usually will not appear until 15 – 20 years after the initial exposure. Some factors that increase the risk of disease development include the number of asbestos fibres in the air and the frequency and duration of a person’s exposure.  Smoking will greatly increase the risk of developing an asbestos related illness.

The best way to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure is to avoid disturbing the vermiculite based insulation in any way.  If this insulation is sealed behind floorboards, wallboards, contained within the cinder block wall and isolated in an attic, the risk of individual exposure is reduced.  It is recommended that all loose-filled insulation visually identified as vermiculite and installed prior to 1990 be treated with precautionary measures to protect one from breathing airborne fibres and to protect surrounding areas from contamination by asbestos fibres.

How effective are your insulation products?

Our cellulose product is tested by and listed under the CCMC 8532 (Canadian Construction Materials Centre) and certified by ISO 9001-2001. In addition, it has been extensively researched and field tested, guaranteed to meet current Canadian and American building codes and standards.