Reasons why you should leave Attic Insulation to Professionals 

»Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Attic Insulation | 0 comments

Too much-watching DIY shows might give you an empowered feeling that you can handle everything but if talking about attic insulation, think again and you might want to call a professional.   

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Here are some reasons why hiring a professional is the best approach.  

Old attic might be dangerous   

If you are familiar with fiberglass batts or blankets, they are the form of insulation and it seems hazardous enough if you find some inside your shirt collar. But that’s not the bigger risk in an old home.  

It was until 1970’s that asbestos was banned from any household applications but before that, asbestos is used in attic insulation. If your home is built before the 1980’s, there is a small chance that you have asbestos in your attic insulation and there is a greater chance for older homes. Beware of getting a home without liquidity.  

The problem with asbestos is not its presence in your home but its presence in the air. It is OK if undisturbed but a slight disturbance could make the material airborne and that could bring serious hazard but a professional knows how to handle and remove it.    

It is not simple in choosing your new attic insulation   

Insulation is not just insulation. Each type has its better place, some might work better in one home but not in the other and sometimes you need the combination of both types of insulation to get the best thermal barrier. Insulation ranges from batts to rigid foam board to lose materials that are blown in. there is also a sprayed foam in both closed-cell and open-cell. Buying insulation isn’t hard, how to know what suits in your home often is, let the pros handle it, they know.  

Installation is straightforward   

It does not mean that if you could rent a machine in blowing loose materials or could roll out a blanket is a good idea. Each material has its own specific method and each home has its own design. If correctly installed, the material will create a barrier to help keep your home cooler in summer and warm in winter but if not installed incorrectly, this might be a potential for damage.

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine but as simple as installing a fiberglass blanket upside down on the wrong place could make a condensation problem in your attic that can produce hazardous molds and structural rot. Some problems with condensation mimic a roof leak.    

A professional understands the complexities involved like attic ventilation and how to work with insulation properly in order to avoid problems. No one likes to go into an attic with irregularities, right? But if the insulation is done by a pro, you won’t have to.   

Insulation needs a lot more than wrapping a house with a blanket and this theory is simple enough to understand. With proper insulation barrier, hot air won’t go in during summer and heated air won’t go out during winter. If you are in a market and planning to buy an insulation, do yourself a favor and call a pro.  

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How to Know If You Need New Insulation

»Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in New Insulation | 0 comments

Do you smell something unpleasant from the attic? Do you notice unexplained heat retention from your attic? Are your energy bills suddenly got high? It might be a sign that you will be needing to replace your foam insulation.    

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How to identify if you really need new insulation    

If you have answered yes to any questions above, your attic insulation might be the one to blame. Attic insulation deteriorates over time due to its exposure to the elements and possible fest infestations. Read more to discover some faulty signs of your attic insulation and what to do with it.

Temperature Fluctuations   

If some part of your attic is randomly hot or feeling the cool breeze from time to time I some parts of your house, it might be that your attic insulation is causing it. Insulation can shift around sometime and create a gap which let in the cool air too much, while the thick part of insulation remains warm.  

Although it is possible to just pat back the insulation, this type of fix will not last long. Exposure from foam insulation in the process is a risk you don’t want to take so make sure to have a professional when changing your insulation, a professional who knows the proper process and protective gears. If the insulation has shifted and that is old enough and created awkward pockets that differentiate temperature from other areas, then attic insulation replacement is what you really need.     

Infestations   

It is an unpleasant thought but it can bring great damage on your attic insulation, rodents, bugs, opossums and snakes can find themselves a place in your attic insulation comfortably and these infestations can actually go undetected. Check out for signs of infestation like patches of insulation being disturbed or fecal droppings or any foul odor on the area to determine if you have an infestation or not.    

If you suspect that there is an infestation, call professional help first to eradicate the pests before replacing the insulation in the attic. At the minimum, your attic will be needing insulation removal and replacement in the area where there is infestation and the damage is present.     

Mold   

Because of exposure to the elements that the insulation receives, molds often plague homeowners and attic insulation is the best candidate for molds infestation as it provides warmth, dark and moist environment which is needed by molds to survive.    

An attic infested with molds is not only damaging the insulation and makes deterioration faster but also brings health risk to you and your family. Replacing the insulation with mold is the only way to get rid of mold infestation.   

Energy Bills increase unexpectedly  

The unexpected increase in your energy bill might be a sign that something in your attic insulation has gone wrong and higher energy bill is one sign. Call insulation specialist immediately to check whether the culprit is the poor insulation or not. Professional inspector knows what to look for and can make a recommendation for proper ways of replacing attic or wall insulation.   

Replacement of insulation in your attic is not a simple project you can do-it-yourself because the process involved is generally beyond the capacity of what most homeowners can handle. This requires precision work and safety measures so it is better left to the professionals.  

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