Applegate Insulation, known as the premium cellulose insulation available from a domestic manufacturer, discovered how to produce a superior product during their 40 years’ experience.
Applegate’s reputation is due primarily to two factors:
- Applegate’s proprietary dual-stage fire retardant process, known as the BurnBarrier™ System, injects dry and liquid fire retardants into the cellulose fibers. This process results in a lower dust product.
- Applegate insists on the purchase of higher quality raw materials than many cellulose manufacturers. The premium quality raw materials keep our product cleaner and provide a more consistent insulation product.
Some of the common benefits realized by those who have Applegate Insulation installed in their homes or buildings include:
- Environmental: According to Environmental Building News “Cellulose insulation should be a preferred insulation material for the environmentally concerned.” About six times more energy is expended producing fiberglass insulation, and about 25 times more energy is used producing foam insulation compared to Applegate Cellulose Insulation.
- Health: Applegate doesn’t contain or release irritating, abrasive, or airborne glass fiber particles, providing you with peace of mind regarding your indoor air quality. Applegate Insulation has been used by the American Lung Association of Virginia to insulate their Breathe Easy® office complex.
- Fire Safety: Applegate’s proprietary BurnBarrier™ hybrid technology provides up to 50% more fire resistance than fiberglass.1 This technology works so well that in some jurisdictions Applegate is approved as a fire block. Our unique liquid-injected fire retardants penetrate deeply into cellulose fibers for added safety and very low dust.
- Acoustical Superiority: It’s amazing how quiet homes are when interior walls are filled with Applegate Insulation. Applegate insulations provide better sound control than many other insulations.
- Real World Performance: Real world tests demonstrate just how vastly superior Applegate Cellulose Insulation is in comparison to conventional fiberglass. For example, researchers in an Oak Ridge National Laboratory study found fiberglass only delivered 53% of its promised R-value under outside summer conditions of 109°F. High density closed-cell spray applied polyurethane foam only performed at about 70% of its laboratory measured R-Value.2 Applegate Insulation maintained its effective R-Value: its effectiveness actually increases as the temperatures dropped.
Applegate, with more cellulose insulation manufacturing plants in the United States than any other cellulose manufacturer, continues to support the state of Maryland as they have since 1996. The Applegate family continues the tradition of quality and integrity that has become synonymous with the Applegate family name.
1 National Fire Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada.
2 R&D Services, Large-Scale Tests of Sray-Applied Polyurethane Foam Insulation installed below Roof Sheating,