If your home feels consistently cold, regardless of the efforts of your furnace, you should consider attic insulation installation. The installation of blown-in or spray foam insulation will not only make your home much more comfortable, but reduce the workload on your furnace to prolong its overall life and reduce your energy bills. As prices for natural gas and heating oil continue to rise, attic insulation represents a very wise investment. At California Roofs and Solar, we perform attic insulation installation that will leave your home warmer, more comfortable, and more energy efficient.
Have you taken to wearing sweaters while inside your home? Do you continually increase your thermostat to limited effect? If so, attic insulation represents the type of home upgrade that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it. As winter tightens its grip, you can expect your heating bill to continually rise. If you’re in need of a solution, consider this: a well-insulated attic can cut up to 50 percent off your heating bill. Also, winter isn’t the only season where you’ll see benefits. Throughout the hottest days of summer, your insulated attic will stabilize your home’s temperature, prevent the escape of cool air, and prevent the transfer of heat from your roof. If you’d like to learn more about your insulation options, or want to schedule attic insulation installation in Central California, call our team today at 866-722-5887.
Attic Insulation Installation Experts
If you have anything stored in your attic, we ask that you have it removed prior to the start of our insulation job. We also recommend that you have an energy audit performed. This information allows us to design the best strategy to insulate your attic, as we can identify air leaks and determine the value of keeping any existing insulation. Once we finish, we will begin the new installation. All the steps involved in this process include:
- Remove Any Stored Items from the Attic
- Settle on Your Preferred Type of Insulation
- Determine the R-Value of Existing Insulation
- Decide Whether to Keep or Remove Existing Insulation
- Settle on a Target R-Value
- Check for Rebates and Tax Credits
- Seal Existing Air Leaks
- Install a Vapor Barrier, if Necessary
The easiest way to achieve attic insulation installation is to place material in the floor. If you have plywood flooring, this means that we will need to pull it up. Regardless of where we install the insulation, you will need to temporarily relocate any stored items. If you already have some amount of insulation in your attic, we can recommend whether to leave it alone, or pull it out. If you’ve had pest or mold issues, for example, your insulation will likely be in poor condition, and not worth the space that it occupies.
You will additionally need to determine your targeted R-Value, which represents the capacity of insulation to stop airflow. In many places, you can actually receive rebates and tax credits for the insulation of your attic, so make sure to check with your utility company. Before we begin, you will furthermore need to determine whether you plan to finish out your attic as a recreational or living space. If so, we will need to pursue a different insulation strategy.
Attic Insulation Types
At California Roofs and Solar, we specialize in two types of insulation. The type you choose will depend on your targeted R-Value and budget, and whether you plan to eventually finish out your attic. Regardless of the one you choose, however, you can count on lower bills and a more comfortable home.
Blown In Attic Insulation
Blown-in insulation represents a process where our team uses specialized equipment to quickly and effectively insulate your attic. We employ your choice of bagged insulation fibers, which we attach to a blower and apply to your desired depth beneath the flooring. We recommend this type of of insulation for attics that have the following features:
- Irregularly Spaced Joists
- Many Obstructions
- Existing Insulation That You Decide to Keep
- Low Ceilings
You will also need to choose between three types of insulation fibers.
Mineral Wool: These fibers come from rocks or recycled slag from a furnace. Though more expensive than the other types, mineral wool comes with a natural resistance to fire.
Cellulose: Cellulose fibers come from recycled paper, and have undergone treatment to deter pests and resist fire. While this is the most common type of blown-in insulation, you will need to make sure it stays dry to prevent the growth of mold. Should you ever notice a water leak in your attic, contact our team at 866-722-5887 for professional roofing repair.
Fiberglass: This material comes from sand or glass that’s been melted and spun into fibers. It is lighter than the other types of blown-in insulation, but will require more layers to match the effectiveness of cellulose or mineral wool.
Spray Foam Attic Insulation
Though more costly, spray foam attic insulation represents a general upgrade over blown-in materials. We utilize special sprayers that apply the foam as a liquid. As it bonds with your attic’s floor or ceiling, it will quickly expand and dry. The expansion process results in a virtually airtight seal that will fill every nook and cranny of the targeted area. Should you choose spray foam insulation, you can expect a range of benefits.
- Drastically Lowered Energy Bills
- A Powerful Barrier to Airflow and Moisture
- Reduced Entry of Outside Pollutants and Allergens
- Excellent Soundproofing
- Deterrence of Mold
- A Long Lifespan
Spray foam insulation is also the preferred material in case you want to finish your attic. It provides a higher R-Value than blown-in insulation, and requires less depth. This means you can install it in your attic’s ceiling, then cover the foam with drywall. The price stands as the only drawback of spray foam, as it costs more than twice as much as blown-in material. However, greater energy savings and a longer lifespan mean that spray foam insulation will pay for itself over time.
Local Attic Insulation Contractors
The team at California Roofs and Solar stands ready to serve all of your attic insulation needs. Since we are also roofers, we can identify any trouble areas we see on the underside of your roof. As a total service solution, we proudly stand as the premier source for attic insulation installation in Central California. To ask any questions or set up a time for service, simply give us a call at 866-722-5887.