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Things You Should Know Before Insulating Your Attic

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As we move into the warmer months of the year, it’s time to reflect on how your home’s insulation held up this winter. Did your property maintain a regulated temperature? Were you comfortable from room to room? If not, your problem may be rooted above – it’s time to insulate your attic. But before you dive right in, here are some things you should know about attic insulation.

Inspect the Area Before Insulating Your Attic

The first things to look for when inspecting your attic are signs of water damage. If there is a way for water to enter into your home, any compromised areas need to be addressed before insulation is installed. Water damage can lead to mold growth and the deterioration of your possessions, not to mention the weakening of your home’s structure. During a proper inspection, the rafters will also be assessed to make sure they are not sagging and can hold the weight of new insulation.

Make Sure All Gaps Are Sealed

Before you insulate, make sure that any gaps in your attic that lead to outside air are filled. Any transfer of air means loss of heat when you need it most. A professional can help you identify any hard-to-see gaps. They will also evaluate your roof ventilation system to make sure it’s in working order. Then, you’re free to caulk or seal any holes with expanding foam.

Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Attic

Lastly, make sure you select the right insulation for your needs. There are different kinds of insulation, such as blown in cellulose insulation, batt, and spray foam insulation. Insulation will vary based on the R-value (thermal resistance) needed, the space available, and the budget of the property owner. The higher the R-value, the more heat that is kept inside, making it necessary for homes in colder climates. An expert will help you determine the best type of insulation for your home.

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