Things to Know Before Adding Attic Insulation

August 1, 2017 6:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you experiencing bitter cold winters and roasting summers inside your home or business? If this is your experience—with the thermostat on and the unit running constantly—then take it as a sign of failing or poorly installed attic insulation. For the sake of comfort and energy usage, you should replace or add attic insulation. You’ll create a more energy efficient, cozy space.

Regardless of whether your plan is to tackle a new insulation installation project on your own or hire an experienced insulation contractor in North Dakota, there are some important things to know before adding new attic insulation:

  • Choose an insulation material before hand: There’s more than one insulation material option on the market. Fiberglass comes in rolls, or already cut for quick installation. It’s easy to install yourself, but make sure it covers each space all the way to all the edges. Loose fill particles are blown into place by a machine to a determined depth and thickness, or can be poured and spread out manually. Spray foam is a good material for most attics. It fills in a space to effectively stop air leaks, allergens and air pollution from getting inside.
  • Determine your attic’s R-value requirement: You’ll need to determine the minimum R-value needed for your attic insulation. The R-value depends on the type of insulation and its characteristics. An insulating material’s ability to direct heat flow is rated with regard to its thermal resistance—this is indicated by the R-value. The number rating is based on the location and climate zone of your home or business.
  • Inspect your existing insulation: You will need to get up into the attic to inspect the condition of your existing insulation. Dress to protect your body from materials and whatever else is up there. Take a flashlight and tape measure so you can evaluate the situation more precisely. Take note of how deep the existing material is, and whether it has been damaged by moisture, mold or pests. This information can help you decide between replacing all the material and simply adding more.
  • Look into rebates and credits: Installing new insulation could mean incentives from your region’s local utility providers. This can include product rebates, cash back, discounts or even a break on your monthly energy bills.
  • Fix roof leaks and air leaks: Like most home projects, you might find other problems that need fixing along the way. For instance, you may notice air leaks around window, door or crawlspace frames. It’s best to seal up these air leaks to maximize your energy saving potential. Or, you could find a leak in the roof, which is identified by water marks on the attic ceiling (right under the roof) and/or moist insulation on the attic floor.

When you schedule a service appointment with Interstate Insulation, rest assured that the insulation contractor in North Dakota who shows up is qualified to do the work. We are happy to answer all your questions, as well as explain the steps involved and review the products we use and supply. Call us today to learn more!

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