Attic Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The attic is a space in the home that many people don’t think about too much. With the exception of the homeowner that has converted the attic space into an additional bedroom, most attics are relegated to makeshift storage areas. Because of this, most people barely remember that their attic exists. However, the attic is an important part of your Baltimore-area home in terms of how energy efficient it is. An attic that is not energy efficient can lead to a huge amount of energy loss, which can end up costing a substantial amount of money over the long term. The following are a number of upgrades that you can invest in to make your attic more energy efficient:

Add Insulation

One of the most important upgrades that you can make to your home is to add attic insulation. There are a number of ways that you can do this, but the most effective tend to be either rolled insulation, which works like a carpet of sorts in that it is measured and cut to be rolled out across your attic floor, or blown-in insulation, which is applied with the use of a blowing machine and makes it easier to reach hard-to-access areas of the attic.

So how exactly does installing insulation help make your home more energy efficient? Think about the heat that your heating system produces during the colder months of the year. Because heat rises, it will go through your ceilings and into your attic if you haven’t properly insulated it. This is a waste of energy since there’s no reason to heat your attic (unless you’ve converted it into a usable living space). The heat will escape out of your home, which means that your heating system will have to continue to work in order to replace the lost heat, thereby using even more energy. Not to mention that heat that escapes into the attic can cause ice damming, which can damage your gutter system.

Seal Air Leaks

Make sure that the attic is properly sealed, especially if you’ve added insulation. Otherwise, heat can still escape into the attic via air leaks around the attic entrance. Cold air can also end up penetrating your home via those air leaks, thereby making it difficult for your heating system to maintain a steady temperature.

Add Ventilation

If you insulate your attic, you’re going to need to make sure it’s properly ventilated. Otherwise, heat will build up in your attic during the summer with nowhere to go. This can cause all kinds of issues, especially if you are using the attic as storage space. Consider installing an attic fan as well as rafter vents to help keep your attic properly ventilated.

These are a few upgrades you can make to your attic to not only improve your home’s energy efficiency, but also to help improve your home’s comfort. For information on how you can improve your attic’s energy efficiency, be sure to contact us at Park Heights Roofing today.

Is Blown Insulation Better than Rolled Insulation?

When it comes to adding or replacing the insulation in your attic, there are several types of insulation to choose from. Two of the more common forms of insulation are blown-in insulation and rolled insulation, which is also referred to as batt insulation. Although both forms of insulation are effective, we prefer to work with blown-in insulation for a number of reasons.

What is Blown-in Insulation?

Blown-in insulation is typically made using materials (often recycled materials) such as fiberglass, denim, paper, newsprint and other cellulose materials, all of which have been treated using fire retardant materials. The chemicals used to treat these materials are non-toxic and safe for use. Blown-in insulation is applied using a blowing machine. We use CertainTeed’s TrueComfort system, which is a portable and easy to operate system that allows us to apply their fiberglass insulation.

What is Rolled Insulation?

Rolled insulation is probably what you picture when you think about what insulation might look like. It’s basically similar to a carpet in that you can measure it to the size of your attic and then just “roll” it out across the floor. Rolled insulation is commonly used not just in the attic space, but also in basements, floors, crawlspaces and sidewalls.

The Differences Between Blown-in and Rolled Insulation

In terms of R-value, they tend to be equal, although you can choose rolled insulation with varying R-values depending on your needs and your budget. The lower the R-value is, the less effective it will be as insulation – although it will be cheaper as well. Rolled insulation is also easier to apply in a DIY sense, since all you have to do is measure it out for the space you want to lay it down on, cut it to those measurements and then lay it down. However, the attic is often a tricky space to insulate due to the odd nooks and crannies that attics often contain – especially in the corners where the roof meets the floor. In such situations, blown-in insulation is much more effective since it allows you to easily insulate those hard to reach areas.

Another thing to keep in mind is that blown-in insulation can be more cost-effective depending on the attic situation. While you may have to take down drywall or remove flooring in order to lay down rolled insulation, blown-in insulation can be applied through small holes drilled into the cavities between the studs. Although you’ll need a professional to apply the blown-in insulation, it will only take a matter of hours to complete the job, whereas rolled insulation can take days to lay down depending on the complexity of the job.

Insulation Installation in Baltimore

As you can see, both rolled insulation and blown-in insulation are good options; however, blown-in insulation does have a few more advantages going for it, including ease-of-use and the ability to insulate hard to reach areas. For more information about our blown-in insulation services or our roofing services, be sure to contact us at Park Heights Roofing today.