Oregon Shepherd Sheep Wool Insulation is a natural loose sheep wool insulation product, and it is grown and it is American made – produced in the USA!
Sheep wool insulation moderates and handles moisture better than other products, and requires less than 10% of the energy to produce.
Oregon Shepherd loose sheep wool insulation is a mix of raw sheep wool from U.S. sheep farms, and pre-consumer recycled content from natural woolen mills (textile scraps, no synthetic dyes included). The percentages of raw wool and recycled content vary over time depending upon input streams.
At 0.92 pounds per cubic foot density for horizontal applications such as attic/ceiling/floor, each box includes enough wool to insulate:
165 square feet at R13 (modern 16″ on-center 2×4 construction, or 3.5″ deep)
105 square feet at R19 (modern 16″ on-center 2×6 construction, or 5.5″ deep)
77 square feet at R30 (modern 16″ on-center 2×8 construction, or 7.5″ deep)
Netting may be included at a nominal cost to hold wool in place.
The intended installation density is about one pound per cubic foot for attics/ceilings/floors (horizontal cavities) and up to 1.2 lbs. per cubic foot for walls (vertical cavities).
This product comes compacted at about a 6-to-1 ratio, so you will need to fluff it. A standard insulation blower will do this for you. Otherwise it can be tricky to get the advertised coverage when fluffing manually.
Loose sheep wool insulation may be placed by hand, or it may be blown in much the same way as is done for loose fiberglass (don’t do it!) or cellulose (okay as long as it doesn’t get wet).
If placing by hand:
You may want to order a little extra, as it is trickier to get the proper density
Your wool arrives in a box packed to about 6 times the installation density, so each cubic foot of packed wool will need to be ‘fluffed’ to about six cubic feet.
One trick is to put portions of the wool in a large plastic bag and using a shop-vac on reverse, insert the nozzle into the bag and fluff the wool.
Blow In Your Loose Sheep Wool for optimal installation and coverage:
Wall, ceiling, and floor insulation is often used as a component of soundproofing. Any insulation product will improve your soundproofing compared to a hollow cavity.
However, if you are attempting to address a serious sound control problem that is impacting health or relationships with family or neighbors, you will want to educate yourself on the intricacies of sound control problems and the corresponding solutions. We recommend you start by visiting our friends at the Soundproofing Company as they are the industry experts.