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The Ultimate Guide to Attic Insulation

Dec 29

According to the old saying, there are many ways to take care of cats. The insulation of your attic isn't different. There is a myriad of alternatives. However, picking the best attic insulation as well as the appropriate insulation contractor for your home might mean the difference between having enough funds set aside for a summer vacation or having to forfeit the savings you made during summer to your energy bill.


What kind of attic insulation is best?


Because of various factors such as R-Values, accessibility, durability, eco-friendliness, and the ever-important factor of "bang for your buck," various types of attic insulation in Richmond, VA, have become more widely used by houses over the past few years.


Here are a few of the most common forms of attic insulation in Richmond, VA:

  • Insulation using Fiberglass Batts

Fiberglass insulation is the most sought-after type. It's made from fine glass fibers constructed from recycled materials. Sand looks like cotton candy and has much of the flexibility. Fiberglass insulation is commonly located in large rolled-up sheets, known as batts. The sheets are held together by an adhesive vapor barrier, similar to foil reflective backing or paper.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Benefits


Fiberglass batts can provide some benefits, especially for new structures with attics that aren't correctly insulated (as well as gut renovations).


Fiberglass isn't flammable, so that you can install it within the wood structure of your attic.

It is easy to pick up and unfurl -- Batts are easy to unfurl and pick up. They can cover a large area quickly because of their size. They're ideal for constructing new homes as long as they're put in the correct place.


  • Fiberglass Insulation Blown-in

Fiberglass can also be found in loose-fill insulation, composed of small fragments packed into huge sacks. The pieces are then inserted with an air blower that distributes the pieces to fill in any gaps.


Though a study conducted in the 1990s suggested that fiberglass blown-in loses its R-value when exposed at temperatures less than 20°F (which was not the case), this claim was not confirmed.


Fiberglass Blown-In: The Final Word


If your attic complies with the requirements listed below, blown-in fiberglass insulation may be the ideal choice for you:


  • There's an insulation that has holes.

  • The area is unevenly distributed between the joists.

  • There are numerous obstacles on the ground.

  • The ceiling is low. It isn't easy to put batts through low-clearance attics. Even small crawl spaces won't be sufficient for an air blower device to operate.


  • Cellulose Blown-in

Cellulose is made from newspaper pieces that are cut into small pieces. Even though it's an effortless and affordable option, it is only positioned in this way because of its commercialization over time. Due to various reasons, blown-in cellulose is probably not the best choice for insulation. Here are some of the reasons why people think it's a viable alternative (but it's not):


Cellulose Blown-In: The Final Word


Blown-in cellulose is a viable option in similar ways to fiberglass blown-in. However, cellulose marketing is often misleading and renders it less attractive for use as an alternative to insulation in attics.


  • Foam Spray

Nothing beats spray foam as an insulator. Spray foam comes in open-cell, and closed-cell versions, with the latter, boasts an outstanding R-Value (7!). Spray foam insulation comes with various distinct benefits, including:


  • Spray Foam expands quickly and locks down Air in a Vault-Like Closure

  • No water is allowed -- Foam is the anti-cellulose option for water. It is indestructible water.

  • Expanding the Building Envelope -- Foam can uniquely expand your building envelope compared to any other insulation material.

  • Spray foam can enhance the space around your home and act as an effective sound barrier.


Spray Foam Insulation The Final Word


In achieving excellent attic insulation, spray foam is doubt a franchise. Spray foam is expensive similar to elite athletes who are willing to pay expensively. Spray foam can be difficult to install, just like some athletes. Without being an expert, it's tough to install spray foam safely and adequately. This is the reason why it's suggested that you employ an experienced insulation contractor.


Yet, spray foam can restrict airflow and leakage in the same way that no other insulation material can. This allows you to cut back on heating costs. In the end, the higher initial investment will in time pay for itself.

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