Installing attic insulation is the most effective way to increase the energy efficiency of your home, save on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
This short guide to attic insulation will help you understand the basics of attic insulation, how it works, materials you need and what you should consider before you start.
Do I need attic insulation?
Put simply, yes. A home without attic insulation can lose a quarter of its heat through the roof. On hot days, attic insulation saves you on aircon bills too.
The recommendation for attic insulation varies by location, see more. Having insulation that is 11″ thick, for example, can save you up to 25% on your energy and heating bills!
Insulating your attic is a great way to improve your energy rating in your home. As a result, it can increase the value of your home and reduce your carbon footprint.
How does attic insulation work?
The insulation in your attic works by trapping the warm air in your home and prevents it from rising through the roof. If installed correctly, it should allow moisture to pass through, helping to prevent condensation.
Incorrectly installed attic insulation can cause dampness and condensation in your home. Problems can arise if attic insulation is compressed by storage or if poorly installed attic flooring stops air flowing around the insulation.
If you’re looking to use your attic for storage, sufficient airflow is important. It is recommended to install a raised attic flooring to provide room for the full depth of insulation while creating a sturdy floor for your storage.
What materials should you use?
There is a variety of types of attic insulation you can use. It is best to research which type fits the needs of your attic.
For example, you can buy insulation in a range of types, blanket rolls, sheets, wools and as loose-fill.
Each material comes with its own benefits and it depends on your attic environment to which is best suited for you. Attic insulation can be effective for at least 40 years and should pay for itself many times!
What should you consider before you start?
Check the existing insulation in your attic
Many homes will already have insulation. You should check whether it is still fit for use. If the insulation is not providing optimal results, you should consider ‘topping up’ your insulation to the recommended depth. Or, replacing the insulation to give your home a well-needed insulation upgrade.
If you plan on using your attic for storage, you should ensure you have efficient attic insulation.
This often creates an issue in homes as to get enough insulation, the attic flooring needs to be raised. Especially as boxes should not be placed on top of insulation as this stops the insulation from working effectively.
This is where LoftZone StoreFloor was created to solve this issue. StoreFloor is an award-winning, fully patented attic boarding system designed especially for installing a raised attic floor over insulation.
It is the only raised attic boarding system that saves money, helps the environment and increases safety.
Contact the LoftZone team today!
Whether you fancy installing your own DIY kit or would prefer an installer, our team of attic experts are always happy to answer any questions or help you to make the most out of your attic space. Give us a call on 617-765-7444 (7am to midday, EST) or drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org