Know More About Home Insulation
The majority of your home’s heating and cooling loss escapes through the attic, basement, walls, and floors. Homeowners, especially those who have purchased an older home, believe this is due to poor construction. But a majority of the time it is due to a home “settling” or deteriorating.
Insulation Options and Experts
Insulation is made from a variety of materials; Fiberglass, foam, cotton, cellulose, rigid foam, slag wool, and rock wool. Fiberglass and cellulose are the two most common sources of insulation found in homes. Though there are many insulation choices, the decision is entirely up to the homeowners’ personal preference, specific needs and budget. It’s always best to consider all factors before making any definitive decisions.
If you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you may know exactly what you want in your home. For those who are not as experienced with insulation, it is best to contact an experienced insulation contractor to evaluate your home and determine the best method to insulate your home. An insulation contractor has the experience and equipment to install insulation into your home, including those hard to reach areas; basement, walls, floors, attic and roof.
Finding a knowledgeable and reputable insulation contracting professional is very important. Whenever you begin your quest to find an experienced insulation contractor/company, always ask friends and family for references, ask for company history, ongoing or competitive rates, and seek information to see if your home qualifies for a tax credit by installing residential insulation.
Methods of Insulating
The best method depends on the amount of insulation that is needed, and the size of the area that needs to be insulated. Another factor is the difficulty of accessibility, cost and the contractor’s expertise.
The most popular form of insulating around the country is found in pink rolls– fiberglass. These can be purchased in home improvement centers and hardware stores around the country, because it doesn’t tend to be difficult to install.
Another popular method of insulation is blown into walls or unfinished attic floors. This method is the best and easiest to go around physical barriers and obstacles; chimneys, beam and floor joists throughout your home. This injected foam insulation expands to fill in gaps and holes in a way that the fiberglass cannot reach! However, this method requires special equipment and should be completed by a licensed, certified contractor.
Where you live usually determines exactly how much insulation is needed to make your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This information can be found on the United States Department of Energy public website or by contacting your local energy provider for information.
The best and most effective way to install the best insulation in your home is to contact an experienced insulation contractor. An experienced contractor will complete an on-site inspection, provide a professional consultation, provide a free estimate and recommend the best and most cost efficient way to solve the problem. This expert will also discuss your options and give you plenty of time to make the best decision to protect your home.
Contact your local home insulation contractors for more information about home insulation and the best way to keep your home properly sealed and insulated throughout the year.