How to Remove Fiberglass Insulation in the Attic

Wear safety equipment when removing fiberglass insulation in the attic.
Wear safety equipment when removing fiberglass insulation in the attic. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Fiberglass is formed by shooting molten glass into a special furnace and then matting this material into fiberglass battens for use in home and commerical insulation. Fiberglass insulation in attics is typically laid down in long rolls and stapled into place. You can remove fiberglass insulation in the attic, if needed, without too much trouble. The main thing to remember is to wear the proper safety equipment to protect yourself against the fiberglass fibers.

Things You'll Need

  • Respirator
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Crow bar

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Put on the proper safety equipment, included long sleeved shirts, gloves and respirators. Although the fiberglass fibers aren't toxic, as with asbestos, they can still scratch and irritate your skin.

Ventilate your attic as much as possible before starting work. Turn on any attic fans and open any ventilation grills, if available.

Start at the top of the insulation. Use a hammer or crowbar to pry away the staples on the sides of the insulation holding it in place on the wall or celing studs. Work your way down the insulation, continuing to pull out the staples.

Roll up the fiberglass insulation, once all the staples are removed.

Repeat the process of pulling away the staples and rolling up the fiberglass for as many strips as needed.

Remove the roll of fiberglass insulation from the attic. To prevent the fiberglass insulation fibers from drifting into your house during removal, put the rolled fiberglass rolls into plastic contractor bags before hauling them from the attic.


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