What are the options for better insulating my home?
As we approach a chilling fall in the Mid Atlantic, it’s not uncommon for us to hear questions about the types of insulation that would be best for each home. When our estimator meets with a homeowner, they not only review the source of the leak, but also the options for insulation in the case that it is no longer sufficient insulation for the home.
According to the Department of Energy’s consumer resource, you should choose your insulation material based on where you need to install the installation and the recommended R-values for that area. At RoofPRO, we help homeowners make the decision based on budget, space, and time. Although there are some well-known options for DIY insulation, there are certain types that should only be applied by professionals. We can work with any type and carry the manufacturer’s certifications needed to not only do the best work, but to also qualify for warranties when applicable. Let’s take a look at the varying types of insulation.
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Loose Fill Insulation (Blown-in Insulation)
Depending on the shape and crevices in your home, loose-fill (also known as blown-in insulation) may be your best choice. A professional (or two) will cover your attic floor with cellulose, fiberglass, or pellet material. They’ll work together to seamlessly fill your attic and even cover existing insulation to make it more effective. These good insulation options are often made from recycled newspaper, cardboard, or wood based materials and are recommended by The Spruce. The benefits of loose fill insulation include speeding up the process and not causing as much physical stress because the material and machine are much lighter than rolls of insulation. When the materials are recycled, this appeals to the eco-friendly homeowner.
If you experience a roof-leak in your attic, it’s important to fix the leak as quickly as possible because loose-fill insulation can get wet or even develop mold.
Foam Board (Rigid Foam Insulation)
In this Mid Atlantic Maryland climate it’s not uncommon to vacillate temperatures between 20 to 40 degrees from day to day. In order to promote comfort within the home your attic needs effective air flow. Instead of relying on stuffy insulation, your contractor can employ foam board for effective resistance to heat flow. One of the ways professional insulation installers grade materials is based on the R-factor. Foam board can be r-4 to r-7 and it is important to get the correct grade for your project so that you don’t overspend or wind up in the cold.
When you need to retrofit a Radiant Barrier, there are options even though the attic structure probably seems rigid. A great contractor will consider the airflow and make sure that the installation spacing accounts for this important part of your home. The airflow will help with comfort on the floors below for years to come. It’s preferred to attach the radiant barrier to the faces (top) of you attic rafters. This will help with the proper heat flow for each of the seasons.
Eco-friendly home insulation
It’s arguable to say that any insulation could be eco-friendly for your home because it will save on your home energy usage and bills. However, there are typically other considerations such as the amount of material that will be used and if it dissipates into the air. Sometimes materials that are billed as “eco-friendly” because they are recycled are actually not better for the Earth. When it takes more resources to produce the material such as fuel, gas, or custom machinery, these types of insulation may not be more effective than others such as fiberglass or cellulose. Keep in mind that as you continue to improve your home you will be staying in it for years to come and not building a new property. This can both save you money and reduce your environmental impact.
Did you spring a leak?
Is it obvious that your home is leaking heat or air from the ceiling and attic? If so, we will come to your home and quickly determine how to improve the air flow. We can determine the source during a FREE roof inspection and recommend our best practices for mitigating air leaks. Call 410 ROOF PRO to minimize any leak issues from moisture or air.
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