Insulating The Attic Before Winter Strikes

Insulating The Attic Before Winter Strikes

Posted by Ecostar Insulation on November 30, 2020

When is the best time of insulating the attic?

After you have decided the type of materials and insulation method you will implement for your home needs, it’s time to think about the best moment the installation process will take place. Clearly, professional insulation crews will offer their insulating services all year round. As a homeowner, you should consider insulating the attic or other parts of the house before the cold winter sets in. Pre-winter or pre-summer are certainly busy times for insulation crews as most homeowners try to insulate their houses to avoid costs on energy bills.

 

Importance of insulating the attic

Attic insulation is of the utmost importance when it comes to insulating your home. The main goal of insulating the attic, as we all may know, is to prevent heat transfer from inside the house to the outside and vice versa. A home would not be considered as well-insulated until a layer of insulation is applied in your attic too. Air sealing your attic prevents heat transfer not only on your attic space but in the entire house. The idea is that hot air as lighter that is has the potential to go up in the attic. If there is no air barrier applied already, hot air will penetrate through gaps and cracks and get out of the house. In this condition, heating systems will reheat the air again and again causing a shock on the energy bills. 

 

Benefits of insulating the attic

A good insulation system applied in your attic space doesn’t only lower the monthly energy bills. Insulating the attic has the potential to prevent continuous damage to your home, often caused by heat and moisture. It also stops ice dams from forming on your roof’s edge when melting snow refreezes. Furthermore, attic insulation decreases the effects of condensation such as mold and moisture growing into your walls. Another benefit from insulating the attic is the reduction of heat buildup which causes the shingles on your roof to swell and plywood on your deck to soften.
 

Other attic insulation benefits:

  1. Many insulation materials are treated with special components such as boric acid which has the ability to stop pests and rodents from approaching your home.
  2. Insulating the attic can lead to an upgrade of your home space. A well-insulated attic can genuinely be used as storage space for different materials. 
  3. Avoid water damage on your roof walls caused by leaks and blown off shingles. A good layer of insulation will seal all gaps and cracks on your attic, designing this way a waterproof barrier for the entire house. 

 

Interior insulation guideline

Insulating the attic is definitely important but it would be almost useless if insulation is not applied in other parts of the house. To get the highest energy efficiency from an insulation system, full home insulation is needed. Continuous insulation, as Ontario Building Code specifies it, is an insulation system that connects all parts of a living or working space - creating a complete air barrier.

  • Ceiling and floor

Ceilings and floor need a layer of insulation too. It stops sounds and vibrations from moving between levels in your home. Ceiling and floor insulation can also significantly reduce the airflow, making your home a more energy-efficient environment. Whether a new build or renovation work, keep in mind that the insulation building code criteria must be met.

 

  • Home interior walls

Home walls can be insulated for many reasons. First, insulation materials are pest and rodent proof. They are treated with boric acid, which stops insects from approaching the home perimeter. Insulation systems prevent mold from growing and serve as an efficient sound barrier too. Many homeowners decide to insulate their interior walls to significantly reduce noise transfer for specific rooms such as bedrooms or bathrooms.

 

  • Basement walls

There is no doubt that a well-insulated basement can upgrade your living space. Turning your basement into a workspace or living area can be achieved if you add a few layers of insulation to the basement walls. Using insulation in this area also prevents mold and moisture from growing into your basement. 

 

  • Garage

Many home builders recommend you insulate your garage. According to the insulation building code, temperature fluctuations are more likely to happen in the garage area. These fluctuations have the potential to damage the items stored in the garage and significantly increase your energy bills. In this case, a good insulation system would be the solution.

 

Which is the best method for insulating your attic?

All insulation methods are best to use when it comes to home insulation. They all have properties able to transform your living space into a more comfortable and energy-efficient environment. Some may differ from others, though. Different insulation systems offer different R-Values which essentially changes the insulation system performance as an air barrier. The higher the R-Value the more benefits a homeowner can profit in return. 

Well, here at EcoStar, we like to call Spray Foam insulation the best insulation method on the market. The main reason why Spray Foam is highlighted among many other insulation methods is the R-Value it offers. With an unbeaten R-Value which goes up to R-6.5 per inch of thickness, Spray Foam is highly recommended among many homebuilders and insulation crews.

 

Spray Foam insulation Properties:

Energy Efficient ✔

Save up to 40% on your monthly energy bills by insulating your home with Spray Foam. Insulation systems have the potential to seal every gap and cracks making an efficient heat barrier.

Fast Installation Process ✔

The easy and fast installation process of Spray Foam which applies polyurethane foam directly on the wall is loved by both: homeowners and insulation crews - as it takes less time to be installed when compared with other insulation methods.

Durable ✔

Spray Foam insulation systems last for decades. If properly installed, a spray foam insulation system can even endure for almost 100 years. The best thing is that it retains its properties throughout the years and requires little to no maintenance at all.

Noise Barrier ✔

Spray Foam insulation, like some other insulation systems, has sound absorption properties. It can create an efficient sound barrier, able to reduce noises coming from outside the house and in between rooms.

Mold Resistant ✔

Get rid of pests, mold, and rodents with a great insulation material such as spray foam. Applicable in any part of the house, spray foam material prevents the presence of a large number of pests and rodents. Furthermore, spray foam waterproof capacity is the best solution to stop mold from growing into your walls.

 

Why EcoStar?

EcoStar’s insulation team strives to provide the best quality products and the highest standard of expertise.

Our experience goal is that you never have to worry about anything less than thorough and complete workmanship. Our professional team will guide you through the consultation to the execution stage. With our extensive experience in the most commonly used insulation methods, we can guide you to pick the best option for your living or working space.

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