Mineral Wool insulation
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Mineral Wool

Spun from blast-furnace slag, this inorganic insulation does not burn or support the growth of mold or mildew. Highly sound-absorbent. Blown into place wet, it's trimmed flush with the studs after it dries; the trimmings are recycled.

Good for: New construction, attics
R-value per inch: 4
Vapor barrier needed: Yes
Cost: 19¢ per sq. ft.
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