Attic Insulation Done Right
The way your house is insulated makes a big difference in comfort levels in the house. It would be nearly impossible to live in a un-insulated house in extremely cold weather. A house with poor insulation is also more costly to maintain as the heating and cooling costs are higher than expected.
How insulation works?
Insulation slows down heat flow in a house. In cold weather, insulation helps retain heat levels in the house by slowing down heat flow to unheated spaces in the house, and the exterior of the house. In hot weather, insulation keeps heat from the outside getting in.
This involves preparing the site for laying the waterproof membrane that prevents moisture and cold air from rising into the house. A concrete slab is usually laid on which the waterproof membrane is then placed.
This involves putting up the structures in which the insulation material is to be placed, usually called the shell or skeleton.
Rough plumbing, electrical wiring, and HVAC
Main lines including gas and water are laid at this stage as well as large and heavy plumbing components like bathtubs. HVAC ducting is also done at this stage.
Installing the insulation material. The insulation material is chosen depending on the climate type of the area.
Types of insulation
This is the most common type of insulation which is done by laying batts and rolls made from slag, natural or plastic fibers.
Concrete block insulation
This is where the concrete blocks are insulated by filling the core with insulation material.
Insulation materials in the form of foam boards are used. These are made from polystyrene or other artificial materials.
Radiant barrier insulation
This type of insulation is mainly done in the attic which receives the sun’s direct rays. The insulation material in form of aluminum, Kraft paper or cardboard deflects the radiant heat that would come from the attic’s underside.
Liquid foam insulation
This insulation is done in hard to reach places like gaps in door and window frames or plumbing and electrical gaps.
Benefits of insulation
Insulating a house ensure it has no leakages: does not lose heat, or allow in cold draughts from the outside. This reduces the need to keep on heating or cooling the house.
If your house needs insulation, or you are putting up a new house, we can help to install it correctly.
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