Should Fiberglass Insulation Be Covered?

As a homeowner, you may not often think about the fiberglass insulation in your basement or attic. It works behind the scenes to keep outside air and moisture from entering your home.

You may be wondering, though, if exposed fiberglass insulation can be dangerous. In this blog post, we’ll explain when and why fiberglass insulation needs to be covered in Miami.

The Safety Risks of Uncovered or Exposed Insulation

Exposed pink fiberglass batt insulation

Fiberglass poses no specific health risk as long as it’s undisturbed. So, if you have attic or basement insulation and don’t spend much time in these areas, you shouldn’t have to worry about exposed insulation.

The American Lung Association confirms that uncovered fiberglass is harmless for residents if undisturbed.

However, if your loved ones frequent an unfinished basement or attic with exposed insulation, there may be issues down the road. Properly covering the exposed insulation in these rooms can help prevent future health issues and ensure the well-being of your household.

Here are the most common risks of exposed fiberglass insulation:

  • Lung irritation: Glass fiber particles from this insulation can be a major irritant for your lungs. Taking a proactive approach to cover exposed insulation reduces the chances of your family developing respiratory issues.
  • Eye irritation: Many residents experience eye irritation after touching or otherwise interacting with uncovered insulation. While this irritation may not be overly serious, it can be incredibly bothersome.
  • Skin irritation: Have you or other residents in your home frequently touched the exposed insulation in your basement or attic? Then be sure to watch out for skin irritation.
  • Accidents: Unfortunately, glass fiber particles aren’t child-proof. That means your little one may touch or even try eating them. There’s also the possibility of you or another adult tripping and coming in contact with exposed fiberglass insulation that way.

I Found Exposed Insulation in My Home — Now What?

It’s critical to contact a professional as soon as possible if you find exposed fiberglass insulation in your Miami home.

Potential solutions include:

  • Installing sheetrock or paneling over wall insulation
  • Using a poly membrane sheet to seal the insulation
  • Installing plywood flooring over the insulation on the floor

While some homeowners may be tempted to cover any exposed insulation themselves, we always recommend letting a professional handle this job. Doing so ensures a long-term fix and keeps your family healthy. The last thing you want to do is put everyone at greater risk because of your DIY efforts.

Expert Insulation Contractors in Miami, FL

At Installed Building Products of Miami, we’ve provided top-of-the-line insulation services for over 30 years. From fiberglass to spray foam, you can count on us time and time again. We offer free estimates, competitive pricing and various insulation products to fit your needs and budget.

Need help deciding if you should cover your fiberglass insulation? We’ll give you an honest answer and discuss the next steps.

We look forward to earning your business at Installed Building Products of Miami.

Call (305) 929-8657(305) 929-8657 to schedule insulation service with IBP of Miami.

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