Keep It or Pitch It: Should I Remove Aging Attic Insulation?

Having the correct insulation depth in your attic doesn’t just keep your house energy efficient. It can help you save a lot of money on your utility expenses.

If you think your house is among the 90% in the United States that doesn’t have enough attic insulation, now is a fantastic time to put in more. Having adequate insulation helps balance your house’s temps and halt wintertime issues such as ice dams, according to the Insulation Institute.

As you get ready to begin adding insulation to your attic, you might be considering if you need to do attic insulation removal. Not necessarily, and here’s why.

In Most Instances, You Can Keep Old Attic Insulation

Unless your present insulation is damp or damaged, you can usually keep it. We recommend calling a specialist who specializes in attic insulation in Elkhart, like BW/Cook Service Experts. That way, you’ll know your attic insulation is added properly and achieves building code standards. Correct installation also means you’ll reap maximum benefits for energy efficiency.

If your insulation looks like shiny pebbles or chips, stop in advance of adding additional insulation. Vermiculite insulation was frequently installed in homes built before 1990. The EPA says you should assume it includes asbestos, which can result in cancer. Don’t touch it or disturb it and contact a professional who specializes in asbestos removal.

How Much Attic Insulation You Should Have

ENERGY STAR® suggests attics should have at minimum 14” of insulation, which provides an R-value of 38. Attic insulation R-value gauges how efficiently insulation can stop heat. If you live in a northern climate, as much as 18” or an R-value of 49 is suggested.

R-value is also impacted by the type of insulation you have, its thickness and how it’s added. When you work with a pro like BW/Cook Service Experts, we’ll take all the speculation out of R-values and how much insulation needs to be installed.

What’s the Best Insulation for My Attic?

BW/Cook Service Experts chooses the right insulation for your attic by including where you reside, your budget and how much insulation you need to have. Here are the types of attic insulation we install.

Batt Attic Insulation

This style of insulation comes in sheets trimmed to fit your attic and is constructed from fiberglass, mineral wool or cotton. Fiberglass is the most often installed, as a result of its price, moisture resistance and fire resistance. Mineral wool is more expensive, but provides greater protection against fire, water and sound. Typically constructed from recycled jeans, cotton insulation is a sustainable solution that gives superb performance.

Blown-In Attic Insulation

A special machine is used to add blown-in attic insulation, which could contain fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool or cotton. Cellulose is a smart choice if you have a lot of tight spaces to fill, such as around pipes, wiring or framing. While cellulose is competitively priced and fire resistant, you’ll also have to consider that it can hold on to moisture and flatten as the years pass.

Spray Foam Attic Insulation

This liquid insulation converts to a hard foam on contact. It offers the broadest barrier against air, vapor and water. Spray foam attic insulation is fantastic for sealing cracks and other difficult-to-access spots. It’s highly tough, doesn’t settle and offers a natural sound barrier.

When you need to install extra in your attic, BW/Cook Service Experts can help. Our licensed and certified Experts are here to give knowledgeable suggestions and great service that comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.* Contact us at 574-218-6404 or use our online scheduler to book an appointment right away.


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