Attic Insulation

Good Day. Our blog this week is about attic insulation. Since we survived the 10 days of winter here in Florida, I am sure many of us were feeling the chill. Wondering why are we having the heat on every 20 minutes or so. No this blog will address a bit of heat loss but more about the insulation in the attic. So lets begin.

When we have insulation in our attic the normal R-value is normally R-30. When we think of insulation we usually think of the rolled type of the puffy pink insulation. You may see some that have a faced or moisture barrier and some that is not. (it should be faced to add the protection of moisture against the drywall.) Now with the insulation some may have been compromised or is dense. Some of us will add more insulation then needed. Remember the hot air still has to move through the attic and out in the environment.

Adding more insulation is very common. We have added R-19 to existing insulation for a value of R-48. Which is the max we would like to add. Some insulation companies will use cellulose to the attic for a thickness of 6-8 inches. This is good too, however, you do not want to compromise the density of the insulation as it will loose the R-Values.  But there are few different types of insulation products coming out that may suprise you. For example, expanding foam. We have seen the insulation on the rafters/trusses against the sheathing of the roof. This type of insulation is a tricky conversation. Just like any building material some professionals are for  or against this type.  I see it more and more and feel that there are other ways to remove the heat from the attic. But some say this is the new norm. We can talk more about this product in a latter blog.

Now, there is another type of insulation that is not common but have seen occasionally. Denim insulation or also known as natural cotton fiber insulation. This type of insulation is very eco-friendly. However, it does cost more. The R-Values are the same as fiberglass insulation.

So in closing, if you are thinking about adding more insulation to the attic, let us check it out. We will assist you in determining what is best or what is not best. Yes we all want the energy savings but do not want to blow the bank. We perform attic insulation in Zephyrhills, Trinity, New Port Richey and Land O Lakes,  Florida to mention a few areas. Feel free to call us anytime at 352-437-5300 or our website; www.pascoremodel.com

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Attic and Insulation

We are writing this blog about a way to save you money on your heating and cooling bills. When we think of our attics we think about  storage and maybe the unknown area of the home. But the attic is really a place for the house to breathe. So lets begin.

Back in the early days the attics were sealed off. The soffit was plywood and you had small vents to control. The area was just there. Then later on, as building technology came upon us, the attics were becoming a storage area. Some were becoming more additional rooms. But this was not helping with the transfer of heat or cool. In your attic, a lot of builders are using blown insulation instead of the traditional rolled insulation. Now, both will give you the same R value, but which is better.

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The rolled type of insulation is your traditional kind and you can usually finish the attic with. The blown type to obtain the same R value you will need higher thickness, like 9″ of insulation through out the attic. Additionally the insulation has to stay pliable. Meaning you can not walk on it. Nor store items on top of it. The advantage of the blown type, it is a bit more economical then the rolled. (I prefer the rolled type as to finish off the attic.)

Now, lets talk about the remainder part of the attic. You have a ridge vent, maybe gable vents and your eaves. Its important to make sure that the vents are not clogged. Additionally, if you have a power vent or cyclone make sure the area is not full of debris. The other vents are important to allow the air flow from ground up. And yes it is normal for the attic to be over a 100 degrees in summer but allowing the other vents to be open it will help cool the home. Remember, you do not want to over insulate your home either. This will cause condensation and possible failure of other elements in the home.

Lastly, the insulation you choose, should be environmental friendly and I recommend that a pest deterrent be applied or is added to the insulation. Varmints will try to get in the attic someway and the insulation with the deterrent will help keep them out.

And we at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, are starting this new service for Zephyrhills, Holiday, Land O Lakes and Lutz Florida. For more information feel free to call us at 352-437-5300. Or look us up on the web at www.pascoremodel.com  Thank You.