It may not seem like it, but attic insulation is actually one of the most crucial components when it comes to maintaining ideal temperatures around your home. If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your current attic insulation, you should consider the following:
Since the primary function of your attic insulation is to prevent heat loss during colder months and to help retain cool air during the warmer months, it only makes sense to check how well your insulation material holds up against heat flow. This thermal resistance is measured through the R-value. The higher the R-value, the better the material is at insulating. However, be careful not to choose an insulation material solely due to its high R-value.
To get the most out of your attic insulation, have your trusted roofing company evaluate what R-value your home needs based on the climate of your location. In general, an average home would need an attic insulation R-value of R-30 and R-49, but it can go up to R-60 for homes in particularly cold climates.
Types of Insulation
- Blanket – Sold in batts or rolls, you can choose from fiberglass, mineral wool, plastic fibers and natural fibers. Blanket insulation is ideal for attics that are standard size and have few structural obstructions. While blanket insulation is considered as one of the best insulation types for DIY projects, the installation process requires proper installation, especially around the vents.
- Loose-fill – If attic space presents a challenge, blown-in, loose-fill insulation is the ideal choice.
- Sprayed foam – This type of insulation is definitely not DIYable and costs more than the other types of insulation. Both closed-cell and open-cell sprayed foam insulation are made with polyurethane.
It’s important to note that insulation material thickness should also be taken into consideration as this goes hand-in-hand with R-value to deliver optimal insulation.
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