The forgotten area of your home – your attic insulation
The forgotten area of your home could be could be a costly mistake. Your home’s Attic should be inspected every couple of years. Here are a few key things to look for when inspecting an attic and attic insulation.
Signs of rodents or raccoons
These mess-making critters can not only pack down your insulation reducing its Thermal Resistance, but they also love to chew electrical wires.
Safety and structural issues
Any safety or structural issues should be resolved prior to doing an attic upgrade.
Proper soffit air intake and roof ventilation reduces the chances of Mold. Yes – the stuff that we should not breath and that will devalue your home. Further, when mold is there, wood rot is not far behind.
Chances are that one day the plywood on your roof is going to have to be replaced and there is a risk of premature aging of your shingles. Shingles are not treated for mass heat exposure on bottom side and the heat from the poorly ventilated attic will cause them to overheat from the bottom up. Attic ventilation and attic insulation will help the overall performance of the entire home.
By having the forgotten area of your home inspected every couple years, and having the attic insulation and attic ventilation upgraded, you can save expensive repairs, save on energy and most importantly live in a healthy Mold Free environment.
Deciding on an insulation contractor for attic insulation
So now that you have decided to have a peek in the attic, choose an experienced and trusted attic insulation contractor, who truly understands air movement in attics. Attic Insulation installers like Insta-Insulation do this every day and have way more experience than any do-it-your-selfer.
Insulation experts advise a top-up of R-50 or greater as well as proper soffit prep to bring your insulation up to building code. Soffit prep is important to guarantee the wall and the top plate joint is insulated to avoid any deficiencies and soffits are free to intake air flow.
Only after a site visit can a real price be quoted and any commitment of support be given by a professional attic insulation contractor. The contractor will also be trained on any Government Rebate programs that might be available to you which could save you from 25 to 40 percent on your energy bills and you might be entitled to a reimbursement from the Government. It pays to hire a professional attic insulation contractor.
What product do I choose?
Pink Fibreglass or Cellulose Insulation? This is the easy choice.
Fiberglass Insulation holds heat. Once the insulation heats up it reduces insulation effectiveness. Fiberglass also lacks the ability to deal with moisture and, with any attic, excessive moisture build up can become an issue.
Blown attic cellulose has an ability to wick; soak up moisture and then release the moisture slowly, which reduces the build-up of moisture in other attic components reducing the chance of mold formation. This process explains why most attics with mold have fiberglass insulation and not cellulose. Cellulose fibre insulation is made primarily of newsprint which is treated with fire retardants such as borates that also reduce mold formation.
Doses fibreglass absorb moisture?
The answer is no. The moisture sits at the bottom of the glass and could contribute to premature building degradation.
Protecting both your loved ones and your investment by properly upgrading your attic with a blown insulation top-up and an increase in attic ventilation will ensure a healthier home and protects your investment.
Peace of Mind
Insta-Insulation has been the most trusted attic insulation provider in southern Ontario for 25 years, and for good reason: we provide professional solutions to keep you comfortable year-round, while also saving you money on your energy bills.
The choice of industry leaders
We are HGTV Professional Contractor Bryan Baeumler’s insulator of choice and have worked with Mike Holmes for over 10 Years. We are fully licensed and insured, Insta-Insulation is the right choice for your attic insulation upgrade.
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