Insulation FAQ

Q:Why insulate an attic?

A:Attic insulation can prevent gradual damage to your home, caused by heat and moisture. it is known to prevent water vapor from seeping in and eroding your walls. It slows down heat buildup in your attic, which can cause the shingles on your roof to swell and crack or cause the plywood on your deck to soften.


Q:How much insulation do i need in my attic?

A:According to the U.S. Deptartment of Energy, it's recommended that attics have an R-38 to R-49, or about 12" to 15" of fiberglass or cellulose insulation, laying the rolls or batts at right angles to the floor joists. 


Q:How much money can insulation save?

A:Save about $600/year by boosting the amount of attic insulation. Depending on the materials you use, figure on paying an insulation contractor about $1,500 to insulate an 800-square-foot attic, which pays back you investment in three years.

More FAQs

Q:Where are the biggest leaks in my home?

A:Typically, the biggest air leak in a home are in the attic hidden under insulation. Large holes such as duct chases, plumbing holes, open wall tops, recessed light cans, poorly sealed attic hatches, and uncovered whole house fans are some of the biggest sources of leakage. Consider addressing these big leaks first because they willlikely have a greater impact on improving your comfort and reducing your utility bills.


Q:Why should i instulate my crawl space?

A:Crawl space insulation, as a part of overall home air sealing and insulation, helps maintain your entire home's energy efficiency. Without insulation, hea and cool air are easily lost through the floor. Insulation also helps to preserve the air quaility, and reduce energy costs.


Q:Which insulation is the best or most prefered?

A:In our opinion, Owens Corning is the most prefered choice as the best value.


Q:Will i get a return on an attic insulation investment?

A:Attic insulation gets you a 107.7% return on investment. We often update out homes to make oursleves more comfortable and/or happy. The results are pretty consistant year after year.


Q:Does insulation reduce sound?

A:Yes, insulation helps reduce noise both from outside, and between the different levels and rooms inside your home. in fact, if outside noises seem louder then they should be, it may be a warning sign you don't have enough insulation.


Q:What does R-Value mean?

A:The R-Value is the building industry term for thermal resistance "per unit area". An R-Value cna be givven for  material, or for an assembly of materials.


Q:What makes an efficient insulation product?

A:An insulation materials resisitanceto conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.

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