Cotton Armor Blanket Insulation


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Cotton Armor Blanket Insulation

Solutions for Insulation Professionals

In yesteryear, batt insulations were itchy, hard to size and install properly and thermal performance was often lacking. We at Applegate pioneered the world's first engineered hybrid insulating and acoustical blanket insulation - Cotton Armor. Combining man's first fiber friend, cotton, with revolutionary 21st century fire retardant and fiber processing technology makes Cotton Armor the world's foremost energy saving hybrid. We started as an insulation contractor back in the 50's and saw the numerous issues that yesteryears batt insulations caused for homeowners. We received many call-backs for drafty and noisy rooms, higher than anticipated energy costs and moisture problems related to old-fashioned batt insulations. From those experiences we realized that insulation installers and homeowners needed a better insulation - this need birthed Cotton Armor.



Easier and Quicker to Install

Cotton Armor does not itch, contain fiberglass, formaldehyde or other materials associated with increased health concerns and is designed for an easy and fast installation. Unlike some specialty batts which are only designed for one-sized framing (residential or commercial), Cotton Armor is available for both. Having the properly sized blanket for your framing helps to reduce voids, gaps, and compression when it is installed.

Fiberglass, however, is itchy and lacks rigidity making it easy to compress. It can be difficult to correctly size as you are having to cut or tear glass. The lack of rigidity and rebound often causes installation errors to go uncorrected and specialty batts which utilize a facing or are encapsulated generally add to sizing and installation difficulties as tears, holes or other defects in the covering can degrade the overall effective performance of the batt.

Nearly 50 percent of all wall cavities in today's homes contain some type of obstruction, such as wiring, pipes, electrical boxes, along with non-standard framing in width and height... Gaps or voids in insulation can reduce sound control and reduce the R-value, resulting in heat loss.
- National Fiberglass Manufacturer

Cotton Armor is crafted to deal with the nearly 50% of cavities that contain obstructions or aren't a standard dimension. Cotton Armor fibers are positioned to rip by hand or for easy and straight cutting with a utility knife along its width; allowing you to custom size every insulation blanket. Cotton Armor additionally offers a full rebound and stiffness that helps it expand into open areas and back to its full thickness after being compressed to fit around obstacles or after being compressed against the back of a cavity, giving complete acoustical and thermal protection. Cotton Armor, furthermore, does not require the use of a vapor retarder. However, some building codes or architectural designs may require their use; in these cases install the vapor retarder per the manufacturer's instructions.





Sustainability

By making use of natural fibers as opposed to overly manufactured man-made materials, Cotton Armor is the demonstrated choice for a sustainable and environmentally friendly insulation � saving both raw materials and energy through the use of recycled cotton. A Life Cycle Analysis found that Cotton Armor is 54% more energy efficient in production than fiberglass. This is due to the use of recycled renewable resources, and application of modern, energy-efficient electrical equipment, rather than the blast furnaces utilized in fiberglass manufacturing. Cotton Armor production was also found to result in less than 53% CO2 equivalent (Kilograms of CO2 and other gasses) and 29% less water than fiberglass manufacturing.

Cotton is harvested annually, and thus considered a rapidly renewable resource and this enhances Cotton Armor's ecological sustainability over other insulations. The production of cotton naturally harnesses the power of the sun, lowering its environmental impact compared to fossil fuel dependent insulations.



A More Competitive Offering

Cotton insulation is relatively new to the market and is the new buzz among the environmentally-concerned. But given our history as installers, we also know there's a lot more to being successful in the insulation business than having an in-demand product. If an insulation contractor thinks all they sell is insulation, they're in for a big shock. We work with insulation contactors nationwide to deliver what so many homeowners and builders are looking for. Homeowners want insulation, but they also want knowledgeable and concerned installers. Builders, too, want insulation, and a whole lot more: products and installers which set them apart from competitors, comfortable customers and the peace of mind found in knowing they'll have fewer callbacks because of the quality work that they provide.


Cotton Armor Installed

Cotton Armor Installed


Your Solution

  • Easy to install and does not itch.
  • Top thermal performance.
  • Up to 11 LEED credits.
  • Contains 85% or more recycled content.
  • Superior sound control with STC ratings from 52-62 depending on wall configuration.


  • Previously, Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings in the fifties have been limited to expensive materials and complicated wall configurations, which have put effective sound control out of reach for many. Cotton Armor makes the noise reduction levels required for a healthy and vibrant lifestyle affordable, as it doesn't require resilient channels or specialty materials such as wall coverings to alleviate unwanted sound transmission. Cotton Armor greatly reduces the transmission of sound and thermal energy, quieting life to a manageable level and saves energy dollars while making you stand out.


    To learn more about sound control visit the Acoustical Solution Literature page.



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