One of the best ways storm repair damage experts recommend to improve the energy efficiency of your home, is through proper attic insulation. You can try your best to turn down the thermostat or layer up in warm clothes but you’ll still be throwing money in heating costs down the drain if you’re not giving your attic the right care and insulation it deserves

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Insulating an attic is not a DIY job, even for the most enthusiastic homeowner. It’s always best to leave the whole process to a professional and, even then, it’s still a good idea to keep several pointers in mind.

Here are some important things you need to know about attic insulation from our roofing specialists at Meredith Home Improvements.

Don’t Store Things in Your Attic

It’s a convenient and free way to get boxes of out of season decorations and other knick-knacks out of the way, yes, but keeping stuff in your attic prevents roof repair and installation professionals from adequately insulating the attic. Most types of insulation are applied right on the floor itself, which can be difficult if it is covered with wooden floorboards. Move your storage to the basement and let the pros take it from there.

Choose the Right Material

Insulating materials are best chosen based on two criteria: the layout of your attic and your R-value requirements. Firstly, if your attic space is filled with odd shapes and varying sizes, the best choice would be loose-fill insulation. These are purchased in bags and spread throughout the entire floor area. For attics with beams and joists in fairly regular spacing and shapes, you can choose the easier route and go for batten insulation.

Consider Your Climate

R-value is a technical term used by roofing experts to measure how much heat a material allows to pass through it. Your R-value needs depend mostly on your climate. Colder areas require higher R-values than homes in warmer places. The best insulation that offers high R-values is cellulose, followed closely by fiberglass. Ask your contractor about how different R-values can work in your home.

At Meredith Home Improvements, our experts can help you find the right type of insulation for your attic. Give us a call at (412) 831-9991 for Pittsburgh, PA or (681) 222-7663 Morgantown, WV to schedule a consultation today. You could also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate on attic insulation services.