Month: January 2018

Attic Insulation: Good, Better and Best

Blown-in insulation being installed in an atticWhen it comes home insulation, the first area that usually comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of the structure. By keeping conditioned air inside your home you can also reduce wear and tear on your heating system and help keep energy bills in line.

There are three common methods used to insulate attics – blown-in fiberglass, blown-in fiberglass with air sealing, and spray foam insulation. Here’s what you need to know about each:

Blown-in Fiberglass

Insulating attics with blown-in fiberglass insulation is a quick and easy way to add R-value. This is a basic method of attic insulation and a cost-effective option to upgrade attics in existing homes or insulate attics in new homes.

Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing

Combining blown-in fiberglass insulation with air sealing dramatically increases a home’s energy efficiency. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value. In an existing home, attic insulation is removed and penetration points around the attic floor are sealed. After air sealing is complete, a fresh blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. In a new home, penetration points around the attic floor are sealed before blown-in insulation is installed.

Spray Foam Insulation

Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new or existing home provides optimal energy protection. In an existing home, insulation is removed from the attic and spray foam is installed along the roofline. In a new home, spray foam insulation is installed along the roofline as part of the construction process.

Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on energy bills.

Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Ready to discuss insulation for your new home project? Contact our office today!

Three Steps to Choose the Right Insulation Contractor

Contractor meeting with homeownerThere are many decisions to make if you are beginning a remodeling project or building a new home. The most important decision can be choosing the right contractor for your job. It can be challenging to be sure you choose the best contractor. How do you know the company is reputable and will be there to handle a problem that could occur down the road? Can you trust them to show up on the scheduled work day?

Don’t let hiring an insulation contractor become overwhelming. Here are some tips to help ensure you’re making the right choice:

  • License and insurance. A professional insulation contractor will be properly licensed and insured to work on your home or project. You should ask for proof if you have any doubt.
  • Experience. There are insulation contractors in any market that have limited experience. They may be new to the business or don’t have experience working on your type of project. Ask about your insulation contractor’s experience, in particular on your type of project. You can also check references and work history.
  • Customer focus. A professional insulation contractor will return your calls in a timely manner, answer your questions and fully explain your project estimate. If you are not comfortable with the initial service you receive, bring it to the contractor’s attention or look for a replacement.

Allweather Insulation has extensive insulation experience, is properly licensed and insured, and cares about providing great customer service. To schedule a free estimate for your insulation project, contact our office.