Make An Informed Choice

There comes a point when every homeowner must consider the integrity of the insulation in the attic. Choosing the best insulation for your attic could come down to cost and it definitely pays to know what you are getting. A major insulation restoration can be pricey, but you should keep in mind that most installation companies offer payment options to help make it more affordable. Your choice for insulation material and the installation method may be a personal preference or might even be determined by the recommendation of your trusted insulation installer. Do your research. This is a substantial investment, and if it is done right the first time it should last for many years to come. Whatever your final decision is, you should consider all of your options to make an informed choice.
What are Your Options?
Many professional insulation installers are now highly recommending spray foam insulation. This superior product has the ability to quickly and completely cover any surface it is applied to which makes it a popular and practical choice. You may also consider blown in cellulose insulation. Its application takes longer, and is a lot messier than spray foam, but it is easier for the do-it-yourself installer and it is less expensive than spray foam. Blown in insulation has better area coverage than fibreglass batt insulation. The small pieces of cellulose are able to settle in to smaller crevices, and can be blown in to unusually shaped corners, uneven surfaces etc. This makes it a more effective product for energy conservation when comparing those two products side by side. Fibreglass batt insulation is by far the easiest installation for a home renovator, but it is also time consuming, and can cause skin irritation if the proper protective clothing isn’t worn. It doesn’t have the same ability to fill crevices as spray foam or cellulose does however. This type of insulation is also ineffective if it becomes moist as it doesn’t have the same moisture repellent properties of cellulose or spray foam. Fibreglass batt insulation can be used together with blown in cellulose by placing the batt down first and blowing the cellulose on top. This combination will offer a higher R-value than fibreglass batt used alone.
Spray Foam Attic Insulation
Using spray foam insulation in your attic is definitely a wise choice. The application process takes a shorter period of time than any other insulation installation so you aren’t inconvenienced for long. It is also less messy than the commonly used cellulose insulation. The best insulation installers are choosing to use Walltite Eco™ spray foam insulation. Spray foam in itself is a superior product because of its ability to seal all the cracks and crevices that is it applied over. It forms an airtight and moisture repellent seal in your attic. This will inhibit mold growth and extend the life of your roof. Because of the nature of the product, it has the intrinsic ability to cover any surface whether it is smooth or imperfect. This makes it an excellent choice for attics. The foam will cover all of the roof joists and plumbing exhaust pipes etc. to ensure there isn’t any air or moisture infiltration at all. Although the initial cost of spray foam insulation may seem out of reach, the value added to your home, and the cost savings you will experience immediately makes this product an excellent choice for the long term.


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