Thinking about insulating your attic? We think that’s a fantastic idea! At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we’re a leader in the insulation and home performance industries. Serving customers throughout North Carolina, from Greensboro, Burlington, Elon and Mebane to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, we can help with all your insulation and gutter needs.
Whether you’re building a home and planning to insulate your attic or thinking of updating the insulation in your current attic, you have many decisions to make. Insulating your attic properly is an excellent wait to retain cool air in your home during hot months and warm air during cold months. If you think your attic could be better insulated, it might be smart to conduct an energy audit or use a thermal camera to locate the cool spots in that part of your home. Some homeowners may choose to fill gaps or holes in their attic to better insulate their home, but others choose to replace the insulation altogether.
There are several popular types of insulation that you should familiarize yourself with before choosing the right insulation for your attic:
- First up is blanket insulation. This type of insulation is available in rolls or batts and is the easiest insulation material to install yourself. This type of insulation is made from fiberglass, plastic fibers, natural fibers, and mineral wool. For attics with normally spaced beams and few obstructions, blanket insulation is ideal.
- Loose-fill insulation is another type of insulation commonly used in attic spaces. This type of insulation is best used for attics that have little headroom and some obstructions (like cross-beams or vents). It’s fine to blow loose-fill insulation over existing insulation. This type of insulation is available in mineral wool, fiberglass, and cellulose. Typically, cellulose is the most effective material for loose-fill insulation.
- Finally, sprayed foam insulation is more expensive and requires a professional to install it, but it is quite effective. Sprayed foam insulation is made with polyurethane. There are two types of this kind of insulation: open-cell foam and closed-cell foam. Open-cell foam cells are filled with air, making it feel like a sponge. Closed-cell foam cells are filled with a gas that makes the foam expand so that it can fill the spaces around it. Closed-cell insulation can serve as a moisture vapor barrier if needed, and both types of sprayed foam insulation make an effective air barrier.
Whether you need a professional opinion on which insulation to install in your attic or you’d rather a professional install your insulation for you, contact Alamance Insulation and Gutters today.