Weatherize Your Home with Attic Insulation

Avsten Construction provides and installs attic insulation for residential and commercial properties. Whether you are under new construction or weatherizing your existing properties, Avsten is the attic insulation contractor to call. 

Many older homes have inadequate attic insulation.

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What does that mean for you? Wasted money, literally going right through your roof! Most homes built before 1975 did not have insulation installed in the exterior walls or under the floor. Un-insulated walls can cost homeowners and renters up to 12% extra on their heating bills, and un-insulated floors up to 30%.

Insulating your home will typically save enough money in reduced utility bills to pay for itself within a few years, and continue to save you money for as long as you own the home. It can also increase the resale value of your home. 

As energy costs continue to rise, we must look for better solutions to keep costs down. It is our goal to help make your space as energy-efficient as possible! 

We can insulate your attic, walls, underfloor, and around ductwork. Call us today for a FREE inspection and analysis. We can help you achieve a reduction on your utility costs when you make recommended improvements to your space!

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How much attic insulation do I need? 

A frequent question for homeowners is, ‟How much attic insulation do I need?” One reason this is so commonly asked is that the answer changes depending on where you live and when your home was built. Different climates require different types and amounts of insulation. Plus, most homes built before 2007 are under-insulated by today’s standards. Due to the rising costs of energy, even homes built in 2014 have more attic insulation than those built just four years earlier. 

If you think you’re among the 90% of US homes that are under-insulated, performing a simple insulation inspection will help you determine your insulation needs. Having the correct amount of attic insulation can help you maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home and help save money on your energy bills. This will also help to prevent major issues like ice dams in the winter.

The first step to answering the question, “How much insulation do I need,” is to measure your current insulation. Use a ruler to figure out the depth of the insulation in inches. Measure from the floor to the top of the fill. If your attic is currently uninsulated, you will likely need a higher R-Value (Resistance-Value) to make sure your home is properly insulated.

What Are the best Types of Attic Insulation?

To get the best insulation for your attic, you must make sense of the different types of attic insulation. There are many options from which to choose. Cost should not be the determining factor for your choice. Why? The most cost-effective insulation types might not be the best types of attic insulation for your home. And that is the goal you want to achieve in the long run. You want a comfortable home. You want a home that is energy efficient to save you money. One of the ways to achieve these goals is by using the correct insulation.

Radiant Barrier Insulation

Radiant barriers are not your go-to insulation option. They do reduce cooling costs in warm climates by up to 10%. But, in cold areas, your HVAC does all the work. During cold months, you want to trap heat, not get rid of it. That is the reason radiant barriers are better for warm locations than cold. This space-age material reflects the sun’s rays and decreases the heat transfer in your attic considerably.

Blown-In Insulation

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Insulation that is blown into your attic via a machine is a type of loose-fill cellulose material. It is effective in filling in areas that are difficult to reach. Blown-in insulation also fills the tiny crevices where heat or air conditioning can escape from your home.

For the most part, blown-in cellulose is better for the planet. Cellulose is made from pure recycled material so there is no need to produce anything new. Reusing this is eco-friendly. There’s a clear increase in the R-Value.

Blown-in cellulose insulation has an R-Value that is 23 percent higher than fiberglass batts. The boric acid involved is another benefit, as it helps to flameproof the insulation and slow the spread of fires.

Blanket Insulation

Attic insulation that comes in rolls of fiberglass batts is the easiest for a do-it-yourself type person. It’s also a fairly good choice if you already have some insulation on the attic floor. The blanket simply goes around the framing members. It does however pose a health risk during installation which could cause some issues for those who have respiratory problems. It could also leave gaps and holes if improperly installed which could decrease the amount of resistance to heat.

Spray Foam Insulation

Polyurethane insulation, such as spray foam, has an advantage over the blown-in type of attic insulation. This is because it works well in finished rooms that you will regularly use, such as a den or playroom. Spray foam costs about twice as much as the loose fill or rolls of insulation leading homeowners to pay for the price. One of the reasons it is expensive is that it is not a DIY material. A professional must install spray foam for you. Likewise, it isn’t as thick enough as other forms of insulation which could lead to problems down the line and wasted time.

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