Rock Wool Insulation — A Green Alternative

When you think about going green, insulation probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.  But the truth is rock wool insulation is the perfect way to help you reduce your carbon footprint.

First of all, rock wool insulation has a high thermal resistance or R-value. Simply put, it helps your home or building maintain its internal temperature.  When your insulation has a higher R-value, your house is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Even better, rock wool’s thermal resistance doesn’t deteriorate over time.  The material is resistant to water so it won’t mildew or rot. This means that after installation, you will always spend less energy keeping a comfortable climate–which is a definite plus for the environment.

The other environmental benefit of rock wool insulation has to do with the manufacturing process.  A main component of rock wool is the slag or residue created in industrial blast furnaces.  Instead of letting this by-product go to waste and rot away in landfills, rock wool manufacturers recycle it.  The slag is collected and then melted down with natural rock.  The rock used in the process includes basalt and limestone.  Both of these are renewable resources, with scientists estimating that the supply is virtually inexhaustible.  Therefore, production of rock wool insulation helps keeps landfills free and the environment clean.

From boards to mattresses to pipes, rock wool insulation comes in a variety of products to match your needs.  For more information about these or other ways to go green with your insulation without sacrificing quality or comfort, please contact us.

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