What Is Attic Insulation?
Attic insulation is used to prevent air from escaping a home and prevent outside air from entering the structure. Attic insulation is also used a barrier against heat or cold transfer from the outside elements into the inside of the home. Properly insulating an attic can save a homeowner up to 50% on energy payments.
Why Should I Insulate My Attic?
Attic insulation restricts airflow and in turn prevents heat transfer, which keeps your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Insulating an attic greatly reduces energy payments and cuts back on the use of natural resources, which in turn helps protect the environment.
Most heat loss in a home is due to air leakage. Insulation drastically reduces unwanted airflow as it settles into gaps and cracks within the structure to block air entering and exiting the home. By preventing air leakage, the air quality of the home is improved. Sealing gaps with proper insulation can stop pollutants, pests, allergens, dirt and mold from entering the structure which promotes better health.
When a home lacks proper attic insulation, certain rooms may be warmer or colder than others. Adequately insulating the attic prevents this issue by promoting a steady temperature throughout the home. Proper insulation can also stop pipes from freezing. Once an attic is properly insulated and has achieved a steady temperature, ice dams are prevented from occurring on the eaves of a house. Ice dams cause water leakage, wood rot, mold, mildew, and structural damage. Attic insulation is essential in preventing condensation, eliminating moisture damages, and extending the life of your roof.
Some attic spaces are suitable for spray foam insulation. Adding spray foam to an attic can transform a once unusable space into a comfortable bedroom, playroom, or office. Additionally, properly insulating an attic increases the value of a home and is more appealing to potential buyers. Lastly, attic insulation reduces noise levels within the home and quiets the sounds of wind, storms, and rain falling on the roof. If you want to decrease noise within your home and increase privacy, read more on the benefits of wall insulation and soundproofing.
Steps To Insulate an Attic:
AIR SEAL: Air sealing stops drafts, air leakage, condensation, reduces moisture, and prevents pests. Two methods of air sealing include caulking and weather stripping. Caulking is used to fill cracks around stationary window frames and door frames, while weather stripping seals the moving parts of a home, such as doors and windows. Read our section on Air Sealing to learn how it helps to protect your health and ensure the longevity of your investment.
VENTILATE: Fresh air ventilation systems are connected to an existing HVAC system and are used to purify and circulate the air within a structure. Installing a fresh air ventilation system usually goes hand in hand with air sealing a home or business. After sealing off all drafts, cracks and gaps, a fresh air ventilation system is installed to circulate pure clean air into the structure which is pollen, pollutant and allergen free.
INSULATE: Insulation products can be installed in fiberglass batts, sprayed as a foam, blown-in as a loose fill, or applied as a radiant barrier. Insulation efficiency is measured by R-Value – the higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating capabilities of the product. Insulation products are also treated to deter mold, pests, and fire. Just because one type of insulation may have a higher R-Value, this does not mean it is the best fit for every structure. Different buildings need have different needs for insulation. Rockford Insulation Pros offers free estimates to help you determine which insulation product best suits your needs.
Does My Attic Need Insulation Removal?
If your attic has damage due to pests, disasters, leaks, or if your insulation is old or damaged, removing old insulation can be important. Removing damaged or old insulation has many benefits including removing pests, stopping wood rot, stopping structural deterioration, improving air quality, preventing health issues, removing mold and mildew, and allowing room for other improvements.
Does My Attic Need Restoration?
Rockford Insulation Pros restores attics to their optimal structural condition. Whether your attic was damaged by pests, elements, mold, or some other cause, our highly trained technicians are here to help stop the damage and restore your attic back to a new condition.
Rockford Insulation Pros removes soiled insulation by first safely extracting it with an insulation vacuum. Any mold or animal contamination is removed. Your attic is then sterilized with an industrial cleaner and treated with an odor neutralizer. Treatment for mold can also happen during this step. Our technicians thoroughly inspect the area after insulation removal and alert the customer of any further damages found, including electrical, HVAC, or structural concerns. Once a structure is cleaned and repaired of any damages, new installation can be installed.
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