Proper insulation keeps the home cool when it’s hot outside and warm when it’s cold outside. It does this by preventing indoor air from leaking out, and outdoor temperature from creeping in. If you’re looking to make your home a more comfortable place to live in, you’ve got to make sure your home is properly insulated. While roofing and exterior siding protect your home from harsh elements, your attic insulation is key to keeping your interior warm or cool when it should be.
Here are some things you need to consider before insulating your attic
Find Someplace Else to Stash Your Belongings
Attics are very easy to insulate – simply add insulating material to the attic floor and there you have it. Most homeowners, however, tend to turn the attic into a storage area, which means they have to give up placing necessary attic insulation. Find another place to put those items and insulate your attic floor instead.
Insulation Type and Material
Speaking of insulating materials, there are two types of materials available: loose-fill and batt (or blanket insulation). Both can be placed in uninsulated attics or over existing insulation.
- Loose-fill insulation fibers come packaged in bags and are blown in place. These work best in attics with irregular joist spacing, in attics where there’s not enough headroom to move, and in attics where it will be easier to just blow insulation in place.
- Batts, on the other hand, are bought in rolls and come in varying thicknesses and standard widths. These are best used in attics with standard joist spacing, a huge headroom to move in and a few obstructions or penetrations.
A Few More Things to Remember
After choosing the right type and material for your needs, you’re going to need to do a few things before actually installing them:
- Remove existing insulation that is stained, compressed and/or moldy
- Know the appropriate R-value based on your home’s location
- Seal air leaks before placing insulation material
- Get necessary roof repair so that water won’t penetrate and damage the insulation
Lastly, you need to keep yourself safe during the installation. Wear a dust mask, gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long pants protect yourself from the fibers. Remember to stand on plywood or sturdy boards instead of joists, and use battery-operated lights if necessary.
While it’s not difficult to insulate your attic by yourself, it will be better to hire experienced insulation and roof installation experts to do the job. Contact us at (888) 355-6700 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Dearborn and Detroit, MI.