Is it time for Blown In Insulation Installation in Cleburne? What is the best type to choose? Let us focus on four specific types. One is blown attic insulation the other is batt insulation. Each type has pros and cons. However, which is the best choice for you.
One of the best advantages of blown attic insulation over batt is that the blown style covers everything; while there can be open areas in the batt type.
When you’re looking to have your home or building insulated with spray foam insulation, you have a couple of product choices. Whether you go with closed foam or open foam insulation, the differences in their make will make a big difference in which one will work best for your needs.
Radiant barrier insulation has one reflective side that is made from an aluminum coating. Any radiant barrier insulation can be installed in an existing or new home. The reflective side of the barrier insulation is made to face the open air pocket of the surface.
Almost all Blown In Insulation Installation in Cleburne are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
How to Insulate an Attic with Batts and RollsRadiant barrier insulation has one reflective side that is made from an aluminum coating. Any radiant barrier insulation can be installed in an existing or new home. The reflective side of the barrier insulation is made to face the open air pocket of the surface. You can place the sheets directly over the top of existing attic insulation on the trusses, they should be over lapped to prevent any gaps where air and heat may be able to escape. You shouldn’t have the barrier insulation coming in contact with the attic insulation or it will transfer the heat right back, resulting in the heat going back into your home. There should be a dead air space in between the radiant barrier insulation for it to do its job properly. Radiant barrier insulation can also be attached right on your walls. For new homes this process is much easier of course, but it can be installed in an existing home as well. For an existing home, you’ll have to take off the drywall or board, so that the barrier insulation can be attached with the reflective side facing the dead air space. A lot more work, but also a lot more reward in terms of the energy savings you’ll see. The radiant barrier allows for the heat to be transferred up through wall to the attic, where it is dispersed through the venting. If you have an attic that does not have the proper venting installed, then chances are the radiant barrier insulation will not be able to work the way it was meant to. This can be rectified by installing some attic vents, or one or two attic fans. By having the proper venting in you attic, it will allow your attic to breath and help keep the water vapor from building up. If the water vapor becomes trapped in you attic, then this will cause major damage over time. Radiant barrier insulation can have a dramatic effect on your homes energy efficiency. A radiant barrier with an ‘R’ value of just 19 has been proven to equal that of regular insulation with a 30 ‘R’ value rating. A popular product is the UltraTouch Natural Cotton Radiant Barrier which is a lightweight, foil faced fire retardant blanket type insulation with multiple uses.
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I have just completed an addition to my house. I've heard that blown in insulation is better than batts since covers the joists completely and leaves no open areas. Do you have any do it yourself suggestions?
Yes you are correct. Blown in insulation is better that batts when installed properly as it does seal the attic better.
First you need to measure your attic area that you plan on insulating. Most attics require a value of R-30, R-38 or R-49, depending on your climate and location. Once you know the square footage of your attic you can determine how much insulation you'll need by simple looking on the chart located on the bag of insulation.
Before you get started you will need to determine what materials you will need. Assuming your home has recessed lights, ceiling and bathroom fans and eave vents you will need the following tools and materials:
Loose Fill Insulation
Staple Hammer and Staples
Insulation Blowing Machine (Available at your local rental store)
I've found blowing insulation into the attic is a simple process. Start and the far ends of the attic. Going back and forth make sure its level and smooth. Make sure to get all areas of the attic and don't fill any vents or recessed light areas. Take a tape measure with you and check the levels once in a while. As an example, if your installing an R-38 of fiberglass insulation you would want it to measure 16 inches deep. As you work your way back near the attic access make sure your helper is getting that excess hose out of the way. When you get to about 6 feet from the access hole stop the machine so you can get on the ladder. Once on the ladder finish installing, making sure to bring the level evenly against the dam you previously built.
The final step is to place a piece of batt insulation in the access hole and carefully put the attic hole lid back into place. Now your done! Stay out of that attic as much as possible from this point as loose fill insulation that has been stepped on or crushed looses it's R value.