If you have an unfinished attic, you might want to consider adding insulation to it to better manage your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year. But before beginning this project, check out these reminders from storm repair damage expert Meredith Home Improvements.

Helpful Tips Before Insulating Your Attic

Selecting Insulation Type and Material

For attic insulation, loose-fill and batt (or blanket insulation) are two of the most popular options. Both of these insulation types can be layered over existing material. Here’s a simple guide to help you decide which best suits your needs:

  • Loose-fill – Loose-fill insulation is basically made up of insulation fibers that are packaged in bags and then blown in place. It’s best used in attics with many obstructions and penetrations to work around as well as attics with limited headroom. Material options for this insulation type include fiberglass, cellulose, and mineral wool.
  • Batts – Generally a flexible insulation material, batts are typically packaged in rolls that come in varying thicknesses and standard widths. They usually range from 16 inches to 24 inches, and they are made to fit between studs and joints. Batts are ideal for attics with adequate headroom, standard joist spacing, and few obstructions and penetrations. Material options for this insulation type include fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool, and cotton.

Of course, don’t hesitate to ask roofing experts for further advice. This way, you can ensure the type of insulation that will work best for your home.

Preparing for Attic Insulation

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  1. Check your existing insulation and find out what insulation type you already have. Grab a tape measure and see how deep it is. This will help you determine your target R-value and ensure optimal conditions in your attic.
  2. Make sure to seal any air leaks. Inspect your attic windows, chimneys, pipes, exhaust fans, and ducts.
  3. Fix roof leaks so as to prevent moisture damage as well as mold and mildew growth.

Meredith Home Improvements is a family-owned business that specializes in providing superior home improvement services and high-quality materials. We perform tasks ranging from roof repair to solar installation. To learn more about our services, you can call us at (412) 831-9991 or fill out our contact form.