Learn about changes to the Ontario Building Code for 2017

You may or may not be aware that insulation codes have changed for all new builds with permits issued after 2016. The two most important changes in the code for insulation have to do with continuous insulation throughout the building and increasing attic insulation from R-50 to R-60.

Continuous Insulation

This refers to a monolithic layer of insulation that eliminates thermal bridging through wood or steel studs. Typically, this will be achieved using foam board or spray foam depending on where in the home the insulation is going as well as the design you choose.

Increase from R-50 to R-60

This seems like a very simple increase, but it is not. When insulation levels increase for attics in new homes, most homeowners want to upgrade their attic to new code requirements with their existing setup. It is an easy pitch for an insulation sales person to make, but not all homes should have a simple R-50 or R-60 attic increase using fluffy blown-in fiberglass or cellulose, which are the most common insulations for attics in our area. Many older homes do not have the room for an R-50 over the outside wall plates, and therefore the delta between the middle of the house and the outside becomes too great. An R-60 attic increase will exacerbate the problem even further. This situation can lead to premature degradation of the soffit area, top plate, roof sheathing, and attic as a whole. Normal ventilation techniques as per code may not be enough to overcome the delta. Insta-Insulation has seen a significant increase in mold-related issues over the past eight years mainly due to over insulation, under ventilation, and using the wrong insulation for the application. Please take the time to speak to one of our qualified representatives to discuss your attic upgrade.

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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.


Attic Insulation Means Energy Savings

You pay top dollar to heat your house. So, the thought of precious heat cascading up through your ceiling into the heavens should be a perpetual source of irritation. When you have less than ideal attic insulation, you are literally burning money. And it’s just as bad in the summer. Less than ideal attic insulation means you are not keeping the heat out. Definitely not cool.

In terms of home insulation and energy savings, your attic needs to be top priority.


Air Sealing

Hot air – this winter, you want your house full of it. But where you don’t want it, is in a pitch from an insulation company.

Sealing your attic is an ideal way to optimize your Return On Insulation Investment. But buyer beware – it is also the service most exploited by some insulation companies to take advantage of unsuspecting customers. It’s important to know how the process works in order to be sure that your not getting burned.


Breaking the Mold

Impacting both quality of life and quality of property, mold is a persistent threat to homeowners everywhere. According to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) mold can cause.

“…nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as...