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Old 05-03-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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Why Isn't Rockwool / Mineral Wool More Popular?


Just looking around, it seems like rockwool is a good choice for insulation, other than being difficult to work with?

Is there any reason why it is so unpopular?
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Re: Why Isn't Rockwool / Mineral Wool More Popular?


Much more expensive.

I use it for fire stop where applicable.

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It is not as compressible so you don't get as much in a bag so the shipping and storage space tend to add up.
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Definetly cancer causing. But great for fire ratings
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Definetly cancer causing
Source, Dr Detroit?

A google search would appear to show that your statement is at best in need of more research, and in the worse case, is libelously false.
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I too saw that it isn't considered a health risk.

As for cost, are we talking 30% more? And what about rigid board made of mineral wool / rock wool?

Thanks for the help guys.
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Roxulfab battons have maybe cancer causing right on the green bags.
after having to stuff literally miles of brown death in dimizing walls I would say there is a really good chance I'm going to feel consequenses in 20 maybe 30 years. Solely from that probably not.
even with a mask do you think your not inhaling some fibers into your lungs?
But I guess every manufacture knows the effects of long term exposure to humans. Like lead paint and asbestos brake pads but if you googled it must be safe.
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Roxulfab battens have may be cancer causing right on the green bags
There is a big epidemiological difference between "definitely" and "may", especially when the subject has been studied and deemed "safe".
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The rockwool people do not have a cute pink panther advertising. A cute cuddly creature with matching song can sell anything, no matter what the facts are.
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Sorry to sound so litteral online in text. Obviously I was exagerating my emphasis, its not asbestos but I would wear a mask and if you have small children maybe throw my clothes in the wash as soon as you walk in the door. just my 2 cents you dont have to sue me for libel LMAO
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Just looking around, it seems like rockwool is a good choice for insulation, other than being difficult to work with?

Is there any reason why it is so unpopular?
Its not called rotten cotton for nothing. It itches like all hell

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Much more expensive.

I use it for fire stop where applicable.
About $1 per sqft for the 4"

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It is not as compressible so you don't get as much in a bag so the shipping and storage space tend to add up.
Standard for Thermafiber is 40sqft per bag on 4", obviously the thinner the insulation the more you get out of the bag.
Most people who come in and buy it do so only to "stuff holes" with it, not insulate their entire project
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Thanks BellSupply. Good and helpful information.

I am now looking into rigid foam insulation. Do you know how much it is a SqFt. for 1":

EPS:
XPS:
Polyiso:

I am now thinking about Polyiso because of the higher R-Value, but have recently heard it is more difficult to work with. Is this true? Exterior sheathing usage.


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Re: Why Isn't Rockwool / Mineral Wool More Popular?


I need some rock wool for firestop insulation around a fire place and chimney - any good place to buy it? My usual suppliers all think there is no difference between mineral wool & fiberglass, so they're no help.

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