Benefits of Blown-In Insulation for your Toronto Home
January 27, 2020
Insulating your home’s attic with blown-in insulation will yield many benefits. Improved quality of life, roof damage prevention, and financial savings top the list when we talk about the benefits of roof insulation. Any homeowner thinks they can install insulation after viewing a couple of YouTube videos, but they would be wrong. Insulation contractors are best positioned to install cellulose insulation. Cellulose is by far the best product to use for your attic, as it returns an R-value of 3.5 per square inch, outpacing other products by a wide margin.
Benefits of Blown-In Insulation
- Blown-in cellulose insulation is the best product on the market. Cellulose comes from plants and recycled materials, adding a green tinge to its value.
- Thermal performance is an important factor when determining the type of insulation you choose, and cellulose performs at the highest levels. You can install cellulose over other insulation products as a top-up, provided the insulation you are covering is dry and not contaminated.
- Cellulose is a flame-retardant material. It suffocates oxygen, the fuel for the fire. Testing has indicated that cellulose is 50 percent better at reducing the risk of fire in comparison to other products.
- Those hard to reach places in your attic are easily accessible when a professional installs cellulose. When compared to batt insulation, cellulose covers more area and fills holes that the batt won’t.
- Blown-in insulation cost less than other products due to a couple of important reasons. The time and labour to complete the job cost less than other insulation products.
- Insulation acts as a sound barrier, and it stops unwanted noise from interrupting the quality of life you enjoy in your home. Insulation stops noise pollution from the outside, and from your neighbours if you live in a townhouse.
- Cellulose contains no chemical threats. A boric acid treatment repels insects, and it stops mold from growing in the attic. No formaldehyde, no toxic materials or asbestos are present in cellulose insulation.
Blown-in Insulation Will Improve Your Heating & Cooling System
Let’s review how attic insulation will make your home a more livable place. Your heating and cooling systems are your personal climate control system, and insulation will improve their performance.
- In school, we learned that heat rises, and when it does, in a home with limited insulation, the results can be catastrophic. Heat loss accounts for 20 percent of a home’s energy bills when the home is under-insulated. Heat moves in three ways, conduction, convection or radiation. Insulation stops the movement of heat, and insulation stops leaks in your attic. Also, the air that you have cooled in the summer will not leave your home through the leaks in your attic
- Blocking gaps and leaks is the primary function of blown-in insulation. Cellulose excels where other products don’t, and cellulose is a great product to keep holes closed permanently.
- Thermal heat resistance is where cellulose earns its keep. It has the highest R-value of any insulation product on the market, thus it protects your home better.
- Some things to consider when purchasing insulation: The amount you buy should be directly proportionate to the climate and weather in your area. No point installing insulation that will provide R-20 when you live in an area where R-50 would be more appropriate. Make sure the heating and cooling system you are using is compatible with the amount of insulation you buy. Otherwise, it is money up in smoke.
Winter Proofing Your Roof with Attic Insulation Upgrades
- Heat leaks are the bane of any attic, and for a homeowner, it is burning money heating the outdoors. When your attic isn’t properly sealed with the right amount of insulation, warm air escapes. Air and vapour barriers are the sword and shield for any homeowner. Barriers that aren’t installed with new insulation are the equivalent of leaving a window open 24/7/365. At Integrity Roofers, we start with air barriers, before we add any new products to your attic to keep you warm and cozy when we install new insulation.
- When we examine how ice dams originate, it is because heat is transferred to the roof from the inside of the house. Heating snow and cooling water create ice dams due to winter temperatures. Once the snow has melted, it runs to the gutters, where it cools and creates an ice dam. The dam, at the gutters, pushes the gutters away from the fascia, creating bigger problems. A thermal barrier will stop the problem; it will protect your gutters and your wallet when we install proper insulation. Your soffit will release warm air and prevent it from warming the roof, removing the potential for ice dams to form.
- Improved creature comfort is what attic insulation does when installed by a professional. Floors will be warm; you will feel no hot or cold spots in the home, creating a balance you have been missing with poor or limited insulation. Retrofitting your attic with new insulation will produce immediate results that you will feel once the work is complete.
As a consumer, you want to entrust your attic insulation retrofit to the right contractor. At Integrity Roofers, we are the best cellulose insulation contractors in the Greater Toronto Area. Our staff is professional, has a high degree of expertise and years of experience to make your work a simple task. To obtain an assessment of your attic needs, and a professional estimate, call our office today at Integrity Roofers at 647.953.9365