Frequently Asked Questions
Attic Insulation is what makes our homes stay warm and cozy in the winter and cool and refreshing in the summer. However, insulation doesn’t last forever in the attic, and often needs to be replaced after several years. The top signs it’s time to replace your insulation are changing indoor temperatures, high energy bills, rodent infestation, indoor drafts, wet insulation.
Insulation is what makes our homes stay warm and cozy in the winter and cool and refreshing in the summer. However, insulation doesn’t last forever, and often needs to be replaced after several years. The top signs it’s time to replace your insulation are changing indoor temperatures, high energy bills, rodent infestation, indoor drafts, wet insulation.
Fiberglass insulation is fluffy, pink, or yellow and most commonly known. Fiberglass insulation is cost-effective, it comes in rolls, batt, and loose-fill. It has a relatively low R-value, it can be customized to fit the R-value needs of any home based on how thick and densely it is installed.
Cellulose insulation is composed of environmentally friendly and fire-resistance treated recycled material, it comes in rolls, batt, and loose-fill. It can be customized to fit the R-value needs of any home based on how thick and densely it is installed.
Spray Foam Insulation
Though insulation prevents the transfer of heat through the materials that make up your home, there are almost always still small holes, cracks, and gaps that allow for air to flow freely from your living space. This issue is not addressed with the previously mentioned insulation materials, but spray foam insulation can solve both problems at once.
Spray foam insulation is an expanding non-toxic polyurethane material that is installed as a liquid foam. As it expands it hardens and fills any existing holes and gaps in addition to providing a high resistance to the transfer of heat. Spray foam is the top of the line, most effective insulation material for attics and crawl spaces.
Batt, Blow in (loose fill) and foam insulation. For any specific brands or specific material contact our customer service team and we can plan your project accordingly.
The EPA’s Energy Star program adds that adequate insulation is one of the most cost-saving home projects a homeowner can undertake. One way to tell if your insulation is not performing properly from the exterior of a house in the winter is the development of large ice dams, or large icicles that hang down off of the overhang on your home. If your home heats up quickly in the summertime, it is a sign that the insulation is not keeping the heat out of the house and it may be compromised.
Finding insects, rodents or other animals in your home is never a good thing. If you do happen to find one, be sure to replace your insulation immediately. Not only do these animals eat away at existing insulation, making it virtually nonexistent in certain areas of your home, but they also contaminate what’s left of insulation in the areas they inhabit.
If you noticed that there is water damage, this means it’s time to replace your insulation as soon as possible. Once insulation is exposed to moisture or gets wet, it can’t be salvaged. Wet insulation is also prone to growing dangerous mold that can infest various areas of your home. Learn more information on restoring wet insulation here!
The amount of insulation that a home will require depends on a number of factors. The size of the home will be the largest determinant followed by other variants such as the region that the home is located in, the age of the home, and the type of insulation that will be used. The best way to determine how much insulation your home will need is to schedule an appointment with our office for a free estimate and get a quote from one of our experts.
Asbestos insulation is an older version of insulation that contains the natural mineral of asbestos. Although it was an incredible solution and worked well to resist heat and corrosion, it turned out to be deadly for people that breathed in its particles. Cellulose insulation is an alternative to asbestos. It has many of the same characteristics as far as performance, but it is made up of harmless materials such as hemp, cardboard, and straw. Cellulose insulation is widely used today and comes in many forms.If you suspect that you have asbestos insulation in your home or business it is best to call a professional that can test the source and help you to safely remove any harmful materials if they are present.
It all depends on the type of insulation you are referring to. Most of the insulation that is used to insulate homes is made from fiberglass. Fiberglass is not combustible, nor will it catch on fire. However, if your insulation has a facing on it, it is possible for it to be flammable. Kraft insulation has a paper backing that can ignite if it is exposed to flames. Cellulose insulation is a compilation of recycled paper and cardboard. Although it is heavily treated with a fire retardant it still has the capacity to catch fire and burn.
The best option for insulation on any particular attic will depend on the needs and the location of the home. Depending on the region you live in there may be code regulations that require a high R-Value. (R-Value is the insulation’s capacity to resist the transfer of heat or heat loss.) The most popular type of insulation for attics that have enough room to move around in are batts and rolls. The batts can fit nicely and snug in between the joists and stud spaces. Fiberglass insulation is cost-effective and easy to find, so it is a popular choice. Blow insulation is used in attics that have little space to work with. Instead of a person crawling around in the space with bulky batts or rolls they use a hopper with hoses that blow the insulation into place by a guiding hand. In order to determine the best type of insulation that will be beneficial for your home, it is best to contact us for a consultation and get a free estimate. We will be able to assess the governing factors of your home and help you choose the option that will best suit your needs Which Insulation is best for your attic?
Fiberglass insulation can last for a very long time if it has not been damaged. In many cases, it will last as long as 80 to 100 years. If the insulation in your attic has been there for over 20 years it is recommended to have it looked at and evaluated for efficiency. However, since it is made out of fiberglass it does not degrade in the way that a material made from organic substances would. Learn more about the lifespan of insulation in your building
R-value is determined by a grading system used to check the Insulation’s effectiveness. The higher the R-Value, the more insulated the material is. Depending on type of insulation such as blow-in insulation, batt or foam insulation, it may require a different layer of material. There are many factors that may affect R-value such as climate or location as well. Learn more about R-value for blow in insulation here.
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