The Job of Attic Insulation is Difficult
The purpose of attic insulation is to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Heat rises, and any hot air from your furnace rises and exits through your attic in the winter. Your roof gets quite hot in the summer, and because there is nowhere for the hot air to escape, your attic may become the hottest place in your home. If you don't have attic insulation, that heat will quickly enter your home.
As a result, attic insulation is likely your home's most important insulation. It's also important to choose the right sort of insulation because not all of them are created equal.
Fiberglass batt insulation is the most prevalent type of attic insulation. It's easy to put together and fits perfectly between your ceiling joists. Installers must ensure that the batts are carefully packed into every crevice and corner, or a significant amount of heat will escape through the gaps.
The amount of insulation given by fiberglass batts is reduced by moisture in the attic. Any leaks, condensation concerns, or other sources of moisture must be addressed before adding batt insulation.
Loose-fill fiberglass and cellulose insulation is another popular type of attic insulation. Loose-fill insulation can be blown by hand or with a blower into corners and hard-to-reach areas, resulting in fewer gaps. Moisture, on the other hand, degrades the fiberglass and cellulose in loose fill, so any moisture problems must be addressed before installation.
Spray foam insulation for attic applications is becoming increasingly common. It not only goes into hard-to-reach places, but it also expands to fill every crevice and hole in the insulation, preventing heat from escaping via gaps.
Spray foam is also waterproof, and because it expands, it often prevents little amounts of moisture from escaping. Condensation isn't an issue because spray foam seals your attic so well.
Other benefits of spray foam include structural support, reduced outside noise, and fewer airborne pollutants and allergies in your home.
Do you need to insulate your attic or crawlspace? This is, without a doubt, one of the most critical areas to insulate, so don't put it off. Give us a call now to discuss your requirements and possibilities!