Tips For Improving your Toronto Home’s Attic Insulation
January 5, 2020
Insulation contractors perform a vital service, and it is growing in importance as we view how we use energy in our homes. To get the most out of new attic insulation, you need old attic insulation removed to get the process started. But, before you begin the removal process, as a homeowner, you need to decide on the best insulation for the attic. Home insulation in Toronto can save a good deal of money on utility bills – energy experts tell us that we lose 20 percent of our home heating due to poor, or a lack of insulation in our attics.
Improving attic insulation shouldn’t be looked at as an expense to bear, but and investment in our future. The cost of attic insulation will pay for itself over the life of the insulation through financial savings. Not to mention, we are doing our part to save the planet by reducing our carbon footprint through a reduction in energy use. Let’s begin with how insulation is removed and why it is necessary for a homeowner.
Attic Insulation Removal
Removing Attic Insulation
How to replace attic insulation is the first question a homeowner will ask when discussing their attic insulation situation. The first point to consider; has there been any roof damage or significant condensation build-up in the attic. If so, the insulation will be moist or wet, and that will be a breeding ground for mold and mildew – affecting your air quality. Vermin are a constant threat, and invasive insects or other animal threats could be damaging the old insulation. It is essential to find the areas where the vermin are entering and seal it immediately.
When the decision is made to remove old attic insulation, leave it to the professionals. Home improvements need to be done right the first time; otherwise, they become expensive headaches to deal with if you use someone less than an expert. You never know what you might find in the attic, and if it is asbestos residue, you are certainly out of your element if you try to remove it.
Removing fibreglass insulation is a challenge; it requires specific equipment and trained professionals to accomplish the job. Removing blown-in cellulose insulation comes with its’ own set of problems. Hire a professional to make sure the work is done with safety in mind. Removing fibreglass and cellulose insulation requires a special vacuum system to get all the particles out of the air, and a trained professional must be handling the job.
The Benefits of Removing Old Insulation
Increased energy efficiency because you have increased your R-value in your attic, keeping more heat in your home.
Improved indoor air quality is a byproduct of new attic insulation. We spend a great deal of time indoors, and air quality speaks to our health wellness in our homes.
Increase the equity and resale value of your home with new attic insulation. It is one less home improvement a buyer will engage in, and the home improvement adds to your bottom line.
New insulation is a benefit financially, keeping the heat in means less money spent on heating your home. Financial returns will add up over time with new insulation. Transmission of disease and illness is one thing new insulation will reduce to zero. Getting out old insulation that may be harbouring rodent excrement or mold or mildew improves health outcomes over time.
Improving Attic Insulation
There are many choices to evaluate when purchasing attic insulation. What type of insulation of attic insulation works best in your home depends on several factors. Two of the most dependable types of attic insulation come from the fibreglass and cellulose family. Both types are blown-in, and both offer benefits to any homeowner.
Cellulose is made from recycled paper and coated with boric acid to prevent insect invasion. It is a highly dense product that requires it to be installed with a gun. The density of the product helps reduce airflow, and that is the problem when reducing heat loss. Loose-fill fibreglass is an industry favourite, and it is used in many new construction projects as it provides excellent insulation for a homeowner. Once the vapour and air barriers are installed, it performs as well as any product on the market.
R-value will determine the best blown-in attic insulation, and that means, its ability to stop heat flow from exiting your home. Blown-in cellulose insulation R-value is the highest rated of all blown in products. It will yield an R-value of 3.5 R-value per square inch that it covers in any attic.
Benefits of New Attic Insulation
New attic insulation is a sound barrier for your home and will stop noise pollution from permeating your residential space.
You can reduce your moisture damage with new attic insulation. It stops vapours – like hot or humid air – from causing structural damage to your joists or rafters.
New insulation will help reduce the wear and tear on appliances like your furnace or air conditioner. Your appliances are overworked when you can’t keep heat or cold air in your home due to poor insulation.
Before you set out on your own to buy insulation or install it, hire a professional. Integrity Roofers is the only choice in the Greater Toronto Area to install your new insulation products to protect your home. We have a wealth of experience, and we will tell you what product works in your specific situation. For a consultation and free estimate, call our office today at Integrity Roofers at 416-736-7373.