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How to Install Attic Insulation

If you want to install insulation in your attic for a more comfortable living space and lower energy bills, here are some considerations.

Two good choices for insulation material for your attic are loose-fill and batt (blanket) insulation. Both of these choices can be installed in an uninsulated attic or laid over existing material.

Loose-fill (blown-in) insulation. Fibers are packed in bags and then blown into your attic to the optimum denseness and depth. Loose-fill insulation is commonly used in open attics and requires special equipment to do the job properly. Blown-in fiberglass insulation creates one thermal blanket and can easily be added to tight corners. This is the most common method used to insulate an attic.

Batt insulation. This material is flexible and comes in rolls with various thicknesses and standard industry widths. Batt insulation is available with or without facing (paper or foil) which acts as a vapor barrier. One or more layers are applied to obtain the desired level of insulation.

For best results, fix any water sources such as roof leaks and seal air leaks before installing insulation in your attic. Make sure any light fixtures are covered prior to installation so the insulation product does not come into direct contact with the lighting. Direct all exhaust vents and fans to the outside to expel humid air and prevent mold growth. Be sure the installed insulation does not cover soffit vents which will inhibit air flow.

Hire a professional insulation expert to install insulation in your attic. Our experts at Allweather Insulation will help you choose the correct insulation product and make sure installation is done correctly.

Contact our office to inquire about insulation for your attic.

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Three Reasons to Upgrade Your Attic Insulation

When a homeowner thinks of upgrading their insulation, the first area of the home that comes to mind is the attic. This might seem like a common place to insulate – but do you really know why it matters? Here are three reasons to upgrade your attic insulation and seal attic air leaks:
  1. A home breathes, meaning there is a natural flow of air that occurs. This airflow starts at the ground, and moves up toward the sky and through the attic. Adding insulation and sealing air leaks in the attic prevents warm or cool air from leaving your home and saves on energy costs.
  2. Just as air flows out of your home, air naturally flows in to create balanced pressure. Insulating your attic and sealing attic air leaks can prevent unconditioned air from coming into your home. This means your HVAC system can work less to maintain your home’s interior temperature.
  3. Heating and cooling costs are a significant part of your monthly energy bills. One estimate indicates heating and cooling systems can account for 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. Taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency keeps your energy bills low and reduces wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Contact us for a free estimate.

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Attic Insulation: Good, Better and Best

Blown-in insulation being installed in an attic>When 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! 

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Why You Should Insulate your Attic with Fiberglass

When you think of upgrading your home’s insulation, the attic is often the first area that comes to mind. Air naturally moves through a house from ground to sky. By focusing your dollars on an attic upgrade you are focusing on the number one area of energy loss.

Fiberglass insulation is great option for insulating attics and for any area of a home. Here are three benefits of upgrading your attic with fiberglass insulation:

  • Fiberglass insulation is a cost-effective insulator. Fiberglass insulation is a low-cost product that is easy to install. It can easily be blown over existing insulation, creating a complete blanket to help reduce energy bills and keep your home comfortable.
  • Fiberglass insulation is a green product from manufacturing to installation. Fiberglass insulation is manufactured primarily from recycled glass. This means there are fewer natural resources used to manufacture fiberglass insulation than some other types of insulation. When installed, fiberglass insulation over its lifetime saves more energy than it took to produce. If you’re looking for a green product to insulate your home, fiberglass insulation is ideal.
  • Fiberglass insulation can be as effective as spray foam. When combining fiberglass insulation with full air sealing, fiberglass insulation can provide the thermal and air sealing benefits as spray foam – at a lower price point. Having your home fully air sealed by a qualified contractor helps keep conditioned air inside the home to increase comfort and reduce energy bills

Adding fiberglass insulation to your attic is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation and air sealing? Contact us for a free estimate.