Why Attic Insulation is Important
- Minimize the loss of hot air and cold air through your roof
- Stabilize the temperature inside your home during the summer and winter
- Lower your energy bills (by reducing the loss of hot and cold air)
- Increase the lifespan of your heating and air conditioning systems
- Prevent ice dam and mould formation
Heat and Cold Air Loss
Your attic is located at the very top of your house and is therefore exposed to constantly changing weather conditions – especially in Toronto and the GTA. Given the fact that your attic is the place in your home that loses and gains the greatest amount of hot and cold air, proper insulation is an important part of preventing unnecessary air loss out the roof.
When installed correctly, attic insulation controls the flow of air from inside your house to outside. Whether it is summer and you want your house cool, or it is winter and you need it warm, attic insulation helps your home maintain a consistent and stable temperature.
Reduced Energy Bills
An attic that is insulated properly loses less hot and cold air, therefore making your heating and cooling systems use less energy. This means less money spent on expensive energy bills trying to keep your house at the perfect temperature according to the season.
Increased Lifespan of Your Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
Since your heating and air conditioning systems do not need to work as hard to maintain a consistent temperature inside your home, they expend less energy. In turn, this extends their lifespan and prolongs the need for a replacement, helping you save money in the long run with a more energy efficient home.
Prevention of Ice Dams and Mould Formation
Improper attic insulation, ventilation, or both, can cause mould and ice dam formation. When insulation or ventilation is inadequate, hot air becomes trapped inside the attic. This hot air causes mould to grow and also melts the ice on your roof during the winter. This begins a melting and refreezing process at the eaves troughs that eventually creates ice dams that lead to water buildup inside the soffit, and eventually inside your house.
Types of Attic Insulation
The most popular forms of attic insulation are cellulose insulation and spray foam.
Cellulose insulation is blown in into your walls, ceilings, attic and floors, and works to keep your home warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter. You must seal all attic penetrations before installing cellulose insulation.
Spray foam completely seals the insulated area and is unaffected by dampness, meaning its R-value is not reduced by moisture.(R-value is a measure of the resistance between heat flow and an insulating or building material). Spray foam supports your roof’s structure and controls the temperature of your home year round. Unlike cellulose insulation, which in most cases requires both a vapour barrier and an air barrier, spray foam acts as a vapour barrier and air barrier in one.
Upgrading attic insulation means that attic insulation removal is in your future. Attic insulation companies will provide the removal and disposal services when they accept the job of insulating your attic. The contractor will remove old insulation and install cellulose attic insulation – it offers the best protection on the market.
Professional Insulation Removal
At Integrity Roofers, we are the Greater Toronto Area number service provider for attic insulation. There are many cellulose attic insulation contractors, but they don’t hold a candle to our suite of services and expertise in the industry. Attic insulation is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind proposition, and that is the bane of any homeowner. Insulation – blown-in insulation, specifically – will need replacing before the installation of new insulation. Mold and mildew are two of the biggest problems blown-in insulation suffers from, and it is a common problem. In other cases, openings in your roof will see vermin and insects invading your attic, and they will foul your insulation. Toxic air quality is a health risk that is entirely avoidable when you remove your old attic insulation.
Your HVAC and furnace will be the enabler of toxicity and poor air quality because they will move toxic air around as they recycle air throughout your home.
Our professional team, highly trained, with a wealth of expertise, can solve the most complicated insulation problems, providing simple solutions.
We can remove all insulation products, from blown-in to batt and vermiculite, through our professional services, at a fair price. Know that our attic insulation removal technicians use cutting edge equipment that will remove the old insulation without releasing any contaminants in your home. We work from a position that demands we are neat and tidy – removing dust and allergens from your attic.
When to Remove Insulation
It starts with an expert opinion – as supplied by your friends at Integrity Roofers – is based on a couple of factors. It begins with the structural integrity of your home and the condition of the insulation in the attic. Has the insulation reached the end-of-life for the product’s resiliency? Once we have investigated your attic, we can advise you on whether removal is the best course of action or whether your current insulation has value. In the main, you need a professional contractor like us at Integrity Roofers to provide advice to help make an educated decision.
We suggest that you call us if any of the following apply:
- Your attic should be inspected at least twice a year. If it hasn’t, it needs to be. Problems develop in the dark, and a quick inspection can reduce the risk of significant work.
- Dust and debris accumulate in the attic. The more dirt and debris you have, the higher the risk to your air quality.
- Allergies and respiratory issues are the direct results of poor or contaminated attic insulation. The long-term effects of mold and mildew can lead to lung disease and premature death.
- Insect infestation and vermin invasion will destroy attic insulation as sure as the sun rises in the East.
- As previously mentioned, problems fester, and you will notice odours emanating from the attic. The smells could be toxic due to long-term exposure to the odours.
- Noticing an increase in your energy bill is a wake-up call, and it should tell you that your energy-efficiency is eroding quickly.
- Scoring a fail on your home’s energy audit is a clarion call to action.
- A house built before 1975 has a problem. Asbestos. It was a common insulation product in homes at the time. Asbestos is considered a carcinogen and dangerous for your health.
Why Work with Integrity Roofers?
We are your wrap-around insulation contractor that creates a one-stop service for homeowners. Insulation removal is a service we provide – where necessary – and if the problem is more significant, we are ready to prosecute it. When we remove your old attic insulation, we dispose of it appropriately to protect the environment. Installing new insulation in your home comes with a green tinge. Our products are environmentally friendly in keeping with our commitment to a greener world. Working in concert with green products is the high R-value that our insulation products provide to deliver value for money.
Before we engage in attic insulation improvement in your home, we send an expert to inspect your attic to make the best recommendation for your home renovation dollars.
For a professional inspection, consultation and estimate, call our office today, at Integrity Roofers at (416) 736-7373.