Is it time for Spray Foam Installers in Lake Dallas? 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 Spray Foam Installers in Lake Dallas are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
How to Clean Attic Mold - Attic Mold RemediationRadiant 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.
How to Insulate an Attic with Batts and Rolls
House attic mold is one of the most "popular" items in my property inspection reports. And now is time for an explanation of how to kill mold and / or how to clean mold in the attic. But before I do that, let me give you a little advice, something to consider before you sign a few (if you're lucky) thousand dollars contract agreement with a mold remediation company.
Attic mold remediation TIP - an alternative (to consider):
Let us assume that you are in the middle of a real-estate transaction, and the home inspector just revealed to you, that your entire house attic is contaminated with mold.
If you have a brand new roof, you can only blame yourself or try to blame the roofing contractor for not checking the attic before replacing the roof (he will laugh at you unless you've actually asked the guy to check the attic before the roof replacement). If you have an older roof, the importance of this advice is even greater.
Call at least 2-3 mold remediation companies for an estimate - specify to the representatives, that you not only want to have the mold removed, but also attic ventilation system corrected / installed if necessary / ask if the attic insulation requires replacement.
With the numbers from the mold remediation contractors, call 2-3 roofing contractors, and ask them for a quote on the roof replacement cost including decking boards / plywood (ask the roofer to check the attic area), attic ventilation improvement, and insulation if necessary.
Be cautious if they only suggest humidistat controlled power vent installation - without properly functioning soffit vents or any type of vents along the lower portion of the roof this might not be an adequate solution.
If the attic insulation replacement is not required (it most cases it will not be possible to tell without laboratory testing), make sure it's sealed with plastic foil before the roof and its decking replacement. Fold the foil sealing its contents after the contaminated decking has been removed, and dispose of as a regular waste (EPA recommendation).
I personally wouldn't even attempt to do it myself, so my suggestion is:
Use a professional mold remediation company:
- check their background and check it manually by calling their clients
- ask for clients who had their attic mold remediated approximately 1 year ago - it usually takes a winter for the mold to start growing again if the job wasn't fully completed
- Insist on removing the mold completely instead of encapsulating it (Media Blasting methods give the best results).
- Encapsulation is simply a process of covering the mold contaminated surface with paint (paint like product) that contains (or at least some of them do) mold killing chemicals
If your attic mold is properly removed and all of the issues responsible for its growth corrected, which is even more important than mold removing, it will not re-grow / no need for encapsulating.
- Hire a different contractor for mold testing and mold remediation to eliminate conflict of interest.
- Make sure that you perform an independent clearance test after the mold remediation process completion.
- Clearance test is to determine if there are any mold spores remaining in the previously contaminated area
All wood (framing and decking) surfaces should be perfectly clean (like brand new), unless there was some rotting that resulted from leaking roof or extremely humid conditions in the attic - those sections of wood should be either replaced or reinforced from underneath. You don't want anyone to fall through the roof while servicing it or just inspecting.