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FAQS / GENERAL
Can I install kraft faced product over existing kraft faced material?
No, it is not recommended to install insulation with a kraft facing over another. When installing layers of insulation, there should only be one vapor retarder installed in the appropriate location. It is not good practice to incorporate two vapor retarders in an insulation system. Moisture could become trapped between the two layers and not be able to dry.
Can the kraft facing be left exposed?
Kraft facing should not be left exposed. For insulation material to be left exposed, building codes require the surface of the material to have a flame spread index of 25 or less. Insulation with kraft facing does not have the required flame spread index and must be covered by an appropriated material like drywall.
Can you install fiberglass blowing insulation over cellulose or visa versa?
Fiberglass installs at a lighter weight than cellulose. Therefore, fiberglass can be blown on top of cellulose without the threat of compressing the existing insulation. Since cellulose must be installed at a much higher density or weight, it cannot be installed on top of fiberglass due to the potential to compress the existing insulation.
Do I get the same R-value if the product is compressed into a cavity?
When fiberglass batt insulation is compressed, the R-value per inch is increased, but the overall R-value is decreased because there is less inches or thickness of insulation.

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Does insulation really help with sound movement?
Yes, the installation of fiberglass insulation delivers excellent sound absorption. Sound insulation can significantly reduce noise between rooms and from external sources.

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Is fiberglass fire proof?
Fiberglass is not considered fire proof. However, unfaced fiberglass insulation batts are noncombustible per ASTM E136 and can be used where noncombustible insulation is allowed. It requires no additional fire-retardant chemical treatments. Be aware: the addition of facings may change this rating. Therefore, refer to the manufacturer’s technical data for each product for specific surface burning characteristics. 
 
Many fiberglass insulation products manufactured by Knauf Insulation have surface burning characteristics of a flame spread index of 25 or less and a smoke developed index of 50 or less, which meets all national building and mechanical codes for insulation. 
 
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Is kraft faced material required on interior walls?
No, kraft faced insulation is not typically used when insulating internal walls. A kraft facing is a vapor retarder which helps with moisture migration from unconditioned air outside. Since interior walls are exposed to the same ambient conditions on either side of the wall, a kraft facing is not required.

Learn more about insulating walls here.
What is an ice dam?
An ice dam is ice that forms on the roof that stops melting snow from draining properly. A lack of sufficient insulation in a home can cause heat to disperse, melt the snow on a roof and create ice dams. Ice dams have been known to push water into cracks within homes, causing potentially devastating water damage.
What is k value?
The thermal conductivity, or k value, is a measure of the ability of a material to conduct or transfer heat. Lower k values represent insulators, while high k values represent conductors. The inverse of the k value is the material's resistivity, or R-Value per inch.
What is r value?
R value is the measurement of a material's resistance to heat flow. The higher the r value, the greater the insulating power.

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What is u value?
The overall heat transmission coefficient, or u value, is a measure of the heat transmission through a building assembly. Instead of a single material property such as R-Value, the U value includes the impact of different elements in an assembly and their orientation. Engineers use this property to calculate the heat gain or loss by multiplying the u value by the temperature difference of the assembly.