Homeowners can save money and stay comfortable in their homes by insulating and air sealing. A professional insulation contractor can install spray foam or blown cellulose in your attic. Check out this blog to learn how our team can help you with attic insulation installation.
Professionals can also add loose-fill fiberglass or cellulose (without using a blower) if your attic has no floor. However, this type of insulation requires more work and is generally slightly more expensive.
Cost of Attic Insulation Installation
There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration when estimating the cost of attic insulation installation. These include the cost of materials, labor, and removing old insulation (if necessary). It’s usually more affordable to hire a professional contractor than to do it yourself.
You’ll also need to consider the type of insulation that you want to use. For example, fiberglass and cellulose are popular options. Fiberglass is easy to install and costs less than cellulose. However, cellulose can settle, which decreases its insulating value over time.
Another option is spray foam. This type of insulation is more expensive than other types but it lasts longer and provides more energy savings. Additionally, it is safer to work with than other types of insulation. It also provides better soundproofing. An energy audit can help determine the best type of insulation for your home. This service costs about $145 to $420. It also includes the cost of a detailed report that details areas where you are losing energy.
If you want to reap the energy savings and comfort benefits of attic insulation installation, it is best to have a professional perform your installation. Professionals know the safety precautions to take and can avoid common mistakes that DIYers might make, such as blocking air vents.
After the attic space has been cleared of belongings and a professional has verified that the space is clean, the new insulation can be installed. This is typically done by laying out fiberglass batts or rolls, or by using a machine to blow loose-fill insulation into the space.
Loose-fill insulation is made of small particles that are blown into place by a machine, usually fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose. Cellulose is a densely packed mixture of boric-acid-treated recycled ground paper that creates air pockets to resist heat transfer and prevent moisture penetration. It also provides about 3.5 R-value per inch. It is a good choice for hard-to-reach spaces. Fiberglass rolls and batting are less expensive than cellulose, but may not achieve as much R-value or be as durable for attic applications.
When it comes to attic insulation installation, safety should be a top priority. Attics are tight spaces where a careless step or lapse of concentration could result in a fall.
Before beginning attic insulation installation, the attic should be inspected for moisture and any signs of rodent infestation. Old attic insulation should also be removed. This can be a messy job and may require the use of power tools. The attic floor should be covered with plywood to prevent scuffing and scratching the ceiling below. The old insulation should be cleaned thoroughly with a powerful, specialized vacuum or rolled up and put into specialized bags for removal.
The installers should wear protective gear, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, work gloves and goggles to protect their skin and eyes from insulation fragments. They should also wear a dust mask or respirator to avoid inhaling the fibers and other contaminants. They should also cover any heat-producing fixtures like recessed lights, chimneys and vents with shields to prevent them from touching the insulation.
If you decide to hire a contractor, find out their experience. They should know how to choose the best insulation for your home, how much to install per square foot or inch, and what the ideal installation time is for each type of insulation.
They should also be aware of any potential problems with your home’s attic space and take measures to prevent them, such as covering recessed light fixtures before adding insulation or sealing the attic hatch. They should also cover plumbing vent pipes passing through the attic, if necessary.
Some types of insulation require special precautions, such as working with spray foam. If a contractor is using this type of insulation, they should provide you with a safety plan and a written warranty for your peace of mind. They should also wear protective clothing and use a dust mask when working with fiberglass insulation, which can cause respiratory irritation. They should also follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying it.
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