SHEEP WOOL INSULATION
FOR LOG HOMES
Wool insulation is now available for frame house construction and log homes construction. Batts are available for frame homes and rope for in thelaterals or grooves of log homes.
R-Values of Wool Insulation
The R-Values available for wool insulation are about 10% better than those for fiberglass.
Please remember that the space in the laterals (grooves) and notches has only a slight impact on the overall insulation value of the log home. The overall R-Value of the home is primarily determined by the thickness of the logs.
Quality Builders Choose Wool Insulation because of the healthy characteristics inherent in a natural product as opposed to those more commonly used which are known to cause lung cancer. OSHA in the US has found fiberglass and rock wool to cause cancer(see the link in our web-site).Sheep wool is a natural resource and is a healthy fiber to use in a home. Itcan be installed without the use of masks and gloves. When a home is builtwith fiberglass the fibers fill the air in the new home. A log home restoration specialist told us every time the wind blows a certain amount of fibers are released into the home as well. So what has the new home owner bought but a cancer-causing nightmare.
Fiberglass wicks moisture to itself but wool wicks it away from itself. Dueto time schedules needing to be met most log homes cannot be built without getting the logs wet in the process. Even if one does not build in the rain,they may have to build while the logs are still damp. Most builders will also spray the home with bleach in a pressure washer when completed to prepare it for staining. Fiberglass will retain these sources of moisture for years to come while rotting the logs from the inside-out. One builder told us he built with wool in a heavy snowstorm and two weeks later returned to cut in a window. After doing so he found the wool and logs were dry inside. In his 30 years experience building log homes he said this wouldnever happen with fiberglass, but that the fiberglass would remain wet while rotting the logs for years to come.
No one will need to cut strips of wool to fit in the grooves of a log home which can save the log home builder money. This saves many companies thecost of hiring an extra man on the day the home is erected at the buildingsite. Wool rope insulation only needs to be cut once at the end of the log.Many builders have found this labor savings alone pays for the extra initial cost of using wool and leaves them with a net savings.
Wool batts are easiest cut with a 2" rotary fabric cutter made by Olfa and available at most fabric stores. They should be cut slightly wider than the space needed between studs so they friction-fit in the space. You may put a staple at the top on each side if needed to hold it in place when fitting them into a wall. They nicely fit in a 4" wall and one pound willcover about 6 square feet. They may be used in ceilings, walls and floors,and also do a nice job in Timber-framed homes. If you need more batts thanour volume discounts list for in our Price List then contact Stan for abetter rate.
Log home builders have had many positive experiences using wool insulation.Here are what some of them have had to say:
"We have gained a competitive advantage by using wool insulation in the laterals and notches. Material costs are similar, labor costs drop dramatically and there is a substantial savings for crane rental costs at the building site. Now we can offer a high-health, non-carcinogenic product made entirely from renewable resources, andrealize a significant decrease in our costs. We use wool exclusively in the laterals and our crew loves it. If you try it, you will like it too!"
"R values are similar to or higher than other products used in laterals ¬ches."
"In Germany wool is being used to remove toxicity in what we call sickbuildings."
"It repels water and doesn't turn into slop when working in the rain."
"It has holding strength so logs can be pre-insulated before moving."
"Finally no more glass in our hands, skin, lungs and nose."
"It doesn't dull our chain saw blades."
"The wool has been soaked in Boron to repel mice, moths, mildew & insects."
Use Wool Rope for filling log home laterals &/or notches, or use Wool Battsfor frame homes, timber-frame homes, or log home notching, peak walls, attic & floors.
Don't worry about estimating how much you'll need as that can be done quickly and easily over the phone or you may do so at our web-site. Weusually have plenty on hand to avoid emergencies and offer same day shipping.
Good Shepherd Wool Insulation now has their wool for insulating log homes in5 Continents, 17 Nations, 46 States & 13 Provinces/Territories. John Boysfinished a home in Germany using our wool batts in the notches. Another builder has taken our wool rope to Switzerland to build a log home. We also had a request from Brazil for our wool.
We started out raising sheep and wanted to do something different with our wool. We heard how it was catching on in Europe and Japan, and realized there was a need for a natural, and healthy alternative here in NorthAmerica too.
Wool, however, cannot be used in it's natural state or the new home owner will have the greatest moth collection you could imagine. So all the woolinsulation is treated to repel mice, moths, mildew & insects.
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