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Sidney Davis Tribune Review Bill Merola, Sr. opens the doors to his truck whichs holds bales of cellose insulation on Wednesday August 14, 2013 for using in a home in Penn Hills.

Sidney Davis Tribune ReviewInsulation has as many pros and cons as it has types. Green Building Council has a Green Home Guide that breaks down insulation types, and then offers benefits and problems.

Cellulose ” Available for small and large remodeling jobs. Pro: At least 75 percent recycled material, cialis price nz mostly newspapers. Con: Can absorb moisture and expand.

Cotton ” Available as loose fill and in batts. Pro: Renewable, recyclable, 70 percent reused material, mostly denim. Con: Can absorb moisture; cotton farming uses large amounts of water and pesticides.

Fiberglass ” Appropriate for small and large remodels and good for wall cavities. cialispricenz Pro: Made of abundant material and no effect on air quality. Con: Releases eye, ear and throat irritants.

Polyisocyanurate (or polyiso) boards ” Good for large projects or new construction. Pro: No air quality effect. Con: Made from petrochemicals and not recyclable.

Polystyrene expanded foam boards ” Best for interior basement walls, beneath siding and in attic ceilings. Pro: Recyclable and with no air quality effect. Con: Made from petrochemicals and contains toxic flame retardants.

Polystyrene extruded boards ” Appropriate for large projects or new construction. Pro: More moisture resistant than expanded board. Con: Made from petrochemicals.

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Spray foam insulation ” Good for wall cavities and attics. Pro: Doesn settle and prevents air leakage. Con: Not recyclable and made mostly from petrochemicals.

Wool ” Available as batts, loose fill or boards and good for wall cavities and attics. Pro: Abundant and no flame retardants necessary.

From rolls of fiberglass to piles of recycled denim, from polystyrene panels to gallons of thick cellulose, insulation exists in a variety of styles. But the selection is secondary to the decision to insulate.

We been doing this 40 years, says Bill Merola of the plastering and insulation firm that bears his name in Penn Hills, and it used to be people stayed away from insulation because they were worried about their mortgage payment. Now that mortgages are a little more sane, people are thinking about getting the work done.

With cooler weather only months away, he and other insulation professionals say homeowners should be more concerned about attacking the job of insulation rather than worrying about the type of insulation used. They also point out federal tax credits of up to $500 are available through 2013 for insulation that reaches prescribed levels. Green Building Council, says every job has an unique nature that will make one type of insulation more fitting to it than another.

Those individual needs can make traditional insulation such as fiberglass just as practical as so called green insulation like recycled denim or wool.

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Merola and Bob Casey of Casey Insulation Co. in the Franklin Park Ross area agree wool and cotton are fine insulators, but products such as cellulose can accomplish the job just as well at a lower cost. Cellulose also has the environmental benefit of being made from recycled newspapers.

Merola, for instance, says cellulose jobs can be done for about $1 per square foot, while cotton and wool projects can be two or three times that.

Cost of material is not as important a consideration as the selection of a contractor, Holcomb says.

Installed costs vary from contractor to contractor, he says. A contractor that trains and pays his employees well . cialispricenz is going to be more expensive, but you are going to get a better installation than the contractor that hires day labor. So you may pay less for the job up front, but you pay a little more on your energy bill every month.

Lowering bills is the greatest reason for interest in insulation, says Don Kosanka, cialis price nz director of products and programs at Owens Corning. The Toledo, Ohio based firm is the maker of the familiar pink, fiberglass insulation.

He agrees interest in insulation has increased with the decline in mortgage rates ” which have increased since June but still are around 4.5 percent.

Kosanka says consumer interest in green products has pushed Owens Corning to develop an insulation called EcoTouch.

While it uses fiberglass as its source, Kosanka says EcoTouch has a bio based binder with no formaldehyde, which reduces or eliminates eye, ear and throat irritation that sometimes is a problem with fiberglass.