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3 Tips To Prepare Your Attic For Insulation

Construction & Contractors Blog

Depending on the age of your home, you might reach a point during your home ownership when you need to add to or replace the insulation in your attic. Before you tackle this task, there are different preparations you need to make for a seamless installation.

Address Any Moisture Issues

The attic is one of the spaces in your home that might be affected by moisture. You need to evaluate the area for any signs of openings where there may be water, mold, or humidity. In some cases, minor fixes are needed, such as sealing cracks in the wall or roof. If you find mold, you will need a mold remediation service to remedy the problem. Once any cracks are fixed, determine if it solves problems with humidity. If not, you likely need a dehumidifier in your attic to prevent additional problems with humidity. Unfortunately, moisture problems in your attic likely mean the old insulation is probably rotted and molded, so it will need to be removed before new insulation can be installed.

Decide Where To Insulate

Where you insulate in your attic will depend on the insulation you currently have and its condition. Although it is often easier to install insulation that can be blown into the wall or use expanding foam, you cannot truly see the condition of your old insulation without peeking into the wall. To be safe, if you have an older home, such as those built before the 1990s, it is best to leave this up to the professionals, just in case there is any uncertainty about asbestos. Once you are able to see inside the wall, you can better determine if you can salvage the old insulation and simply add more insulation on top, or if you will need to replace the insulation entirely. Adding insulation under the floor is also a good option to improve the overall energy-efficiency of your home.

Choose Your Insulation

The type of insulation you choose will depend on your attic and your overall goals. If you are trying to make the process simple, you will probably want loose fill insulation, since it can be added to existing insulation without significant damage to the wall. You will need to cut holes into the wall and blow the insulation into the hole. For loose fill insulation, cellulose has the best insulating properties. If you will tear down the wall and remove the old insulation, you will likely choose insulation that is available in large rolls. The options with the best insulating properties will be cellulose or cotton, but fiberglass is often more affordable and accessible.

Adding or updating the insulation in your attic can make your home more comfortable and eventually save you money on utility bills. Before you make any decisions about insulation, adequate preparation will make the process smoother. For more help, contact a company such as Insulation Pro's today.

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28 November 2018