According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by adding insulation to your home. Insulation is especially important for areas of your home prone to heat transmission and air leaks like attics, crawl spaces, and walls. Heat loss and air drafts are necessary considerations if you live in an especially hot or cold climate. That is why attic insulation is vital to regulating the energy efficiency of your home in the North Georgia or Metro Atlanta area. Below, let’s walk through what you need to know to pick the best attic insulation for your home.
How does attic insulation work?
Insulation covering your attic floor works to prevent the transmission of heat between the indoors and outdoors. The attic is a critical place to install insulation because heat can easily become trapped here from the sun’s rays shining directly on your roof. Also, as hot and cold air rises in your home, a lack of insulation allows it to escape. This drives up your energy costs as you battle to keep your home comfortable in the summer and winter. More than just temperature fluctuations, insulation also traps moisture. This means you have to worry less about leaks and water damage to your home. With these temperature moderating and moisture-proof qualities, you can see that attic insulation is an important project to consider.
Before with Blanket Insulation
After with Loose-Fill Insulation
What are the types of attic insulation?
There are three types of insulation available for attic floors: blanket, loose-fill, and spray foam. Each of these have unique installation instructions and properties which can help determine if they are the best choice to complete your home.
Blanket insulation is probably the most common choice for homeowners because of the affordability and easy installation. It comes in rolls made of fiberglass, mineral wood, natural fibers, and some others. Typically, the width of blanket insulation spans from 16-24 inches based on your desired R-value. Because it comes in easy to roll sheets, You can easily cut it and then fit it to the ridges and planks of your attic floor. On the downside, blanket insulation doesn’t hold up as well over time and can’t offer the best in energy efficiency. This means you’ll probably need to replace blanket insulation every 15 or fewer depending on how well it’s holding up.
Loose-fill insulation consists of loose and broken down insulation materials like fiberglass, cellulose, or rock wool. To this mixture, manufacturers add pest control and moisture wicking chemicals. It becomes a lightweight, fluffy material that can easily settle into every corner of your attic. However, the installation process for loose-fill is a little more complex than standard DIY. Because it comes loosely packed in large bags, you need special, hose-like equipment to spray the insulation into your attic. But, if you’re determined to complete the installation yourself, you can spread it manually while wearing gloves and a mask. Loose-fill insulation is a great choice for attics with small spaces and tight corners because a professional can blow the insulation into every space. It also provides better energy efficiency value for your home by providing a thicker, more durable layer than blanket insulation.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is the highest quality insulation, but it also comes with the biggest price tag. Manufacturers make this type of insulation of polyurethane that they spray along the floor and walls of your attic. The foam-like substance then hardens to give you the best energy efficiency, moisture control, and pest prevention. Spray foam insulation is a great upgrade for any attic space for all the long term benefits. On the down side, this is not an insulation project you can complete on your own. Because polyurethane is a difficult material to work with that requires special equipment, a professional has to perform the installation.
Which attic insulation is best?
From years of working with roofs and attics in the Atlanta GA area, we have found that TAP Pest Control Insulation is our favorite product. It is loose-fill insulation that can easily be blown into any attic space for long term benefits. On average, we see that TAP Pest Control Insulation adds to our client’s roof life expectancy and increases the energy efficiency of their home by up to 30%. Even better, this insulation focuses on preventing pests from getting past your attic space. Made with borate material commonly used by pest control professionals, you can be sure that this insulation will protect your home while being safe for your family. Learn more about TAP Pest Control Solution here!
Is attic insulation worth it?
Attic insulation is widely regarded as a worthwhile investment to increase the energy efficiency, and thus value, of your home. Without quality insulation protecting your home, you are losing valuable heating and cooling resources as they escape through your attic. This is driving up your HVAC costs every year. Money you could save long term by investing in quality insulation.
If you’re ready to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home with quality attic insulation, Perimeter Roofing is ready to help! Beyond just roof repair and replacement, our technicians are also trained in installing attic insulation of all types. Our process involves removing and disposing of your current insulation, sanitizing your attic, installing the new attic insulation, and cleaning the whole space. We focus on quality and timeliness to ensure you get the best customer experience. Contact us at the location nearest to you for more information on the benefits of attic insulation. We love serving Atlanta, Marietta, Columbus, Athens, and more in the North Georgia and Metro Atlanta areas! Also, reach out if you want to learn more about TAP Pest Control Insulation and how it can upgrade your home.