What To Expect When Upgrading Attic Insulation
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There are different insulation products that can be used on your attic. Fiberglass insulation is often recommended because, unlike cellulose, it doesn’t hold moisture on the drywall or lose its insulating power overtime. Cellulose is also likely to decay and contribute to growth of microbes in your attic because it acts as a source of food. Fiberglass can be installed quickly and cover the hard to reach areas in your attic. You don’t have to worry about areas such as the corners and framing in your attic not being adequately insulated when using fiberglass.
When fiberglass is properly installed, you’ll enjoy a comfortable, energy efficient home with minimal heat loss. Fiberglass is made using recycled glass and you can find different types in the market that don’t contain any chemicals. Fiberglass doesn’t settle so it will always remain effective in your home. Some types of fiberglass insulation must be installed using large tracks mounted with blowing wool machines. Remember that proper installation is key to ensure the fiberglass works effectively in your home.
When To Use Cellulose
If you have cellulose insulation in your attic and only a small section needs to be removed or replaced due to water damage, then you don’t have to install fiberglass. It’s always good to consult a qualified insulation expert who will help you make a choice on what product to use based on what’s ideal for your situation. Ideally, any insulation, whether fiberglass, cellulose or spray foam, will work well so long as it is installed the right way by someone who has skill and experience.
Fiberglass is often recommended for attic insulation Toronto because it works for our climate. Cellulose will retain moisture but fiberglass has better moisture resistant properties and can dry out if it is only exposed to small levels of moisture.
How Much Will You Spend On Attic Insulation?
The cost of upgrading your attic insulation will depend on several factors including:
- The size of the attic (usually calculated in sq. ft.)
- The type of insulation material in the attic
- The treatments required prior to installing the insulation product
- Depth of the existing insulation
- Scope of the project
How The Attic Insulation Process Works
When you hire contractors to upgrade your attic’s insulation, the first thing they’ll probably do is to lay down protective cloths in strategic areas in order to prevent damage when they walk in and out of your home. The technicians will then mark the area that requires new installation so that they can go ahead and get just the right amount of product. If your home was built before 1980, insulation stops will be used during installation.
A hose is used to blow in the new insulation into the attic. The technicians will come with a truck which has a blowing machine where the insulation product is loaded. Insulation and weather-stripping will be done in the necessary areas. Before the hatch is closed, you should be able to see the work done after installation is completed. Insulation must be properly installed in order to be effective and maintain its lifespan.
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