Adding Insulation to your attic can be a tricky job. There are many aspects to consider before you start adding, or replacing insulation. Today, we are going to take you through some tips for upgrading or adding to your insulation.
What Kind of Insulation do You Need?
The first step is to understand what type of insulation you want. When adding additional insulation you do not have to worry about using the same type of insulation that is already in your attic. Feel free to use any type of insulation to top up your attic. However, one important tip to remember, if you are adding fiberglass insulation over loose fill, that the fiberglass batt has no paper or fill backing (unfaced). Second, if you choose to add loose fill insulation to your home you will require a blowing machine. That piece of equipment can be rented from some home improvement stores, but most people hire a professional to install insulation.
If you are adding insulation to achieve a cost savings goal, you will want professional advice on the performance of different types of insulation. We are happy to speak with homeowners and provide that information. There are several high performance insulation materials available on the market today - and we recommend finding out more before you make a choice.
How Much Insulation Do you Need?
There is a quick and easy way to check if you need to top up your insulation, or how much insulation you should add. All you need to do is quickly look across your attic. You are looking for your floor joists. You should have enough insulation so that your joists are completely covered by your insulation. Make sure that your insulation is distributed evenly. If you see that you can not see your floor joists because your insulation is covering it, and your insulation looks evenly distributed, you probably have enough insulation in your attic. You are also looking for signs of damage from animals and the weather. Wet insulation will compact and not be effective, and animals compact insulation which also limits its effectiveness. If you think your insulation looks damaged give us a call and we'll take a look.
Insulation is a hard job to undertake by yourself and is usually not a DIY project. We are here to help you get the job done right. For more information on our insulation products : Spray Foam Insulation, Blown Cellulose, Cellulose Applications, BIBS Blown-in Insulation, Insulation Removal, Vermiculite Removal