Attic Insulation

The attic is one of the places in the house that shift air conditions unfavorably due to air leakages. If not insulated properly, the attic has been found to increase energy bills by up to $600 a year- money that could have been put to much more productive use. At Spray Foam GTA, we want to break down the attic leakage situation. To put into perspective, the service we offer to ensure the attic is airtight include.

Assessing the attic floor

The first step to determining the type and how much insulation is needed is to take a quick inspection of the attic floor area. If you have an existing insulation that seems to protrude on top of the joists, then we suggest that you add insulation.

The absence of these protrusions may not necessarily mean you are good to go as the insulation may still be dilapidated, hence ineffective. Our team will be on hand to determine the problem, and advice on the best way to move forward.

How to insulate the attic

At Spray Foam GTA, we generally insulate the attic in three main ways:

Blanket-type insulation

The roll on or blanket-type insulation generally comes as 15-23 inch-wide fills of fiberglass batts designed to fit within the width of a typical framing. These insulations are very effective, particularly when there is an already existing one, which has not completely covered the attic air holes. If you already have an existing insulation, the batts will be rolled out at right angles to cover the framing members or studs.

We always advise against self-insulation because an inexperienced individual is likely to compress the blanket material. Once this is done, they won’t be as effective.

Blown in insulation

Blown in or loose-fill insulation uses a machine to shoot a stream of loose-fill cellulose over an attic floor framing. It works very effectively in sealing up the small tight holes and areas that seem virtually unreachable. Again, this is a fairly complex task that should be left to the experts.

Spray foam polyurethane

The use of spray foam will guarantee that your attic feels just like another room. We offer two types of spray foam- open cell and closed cell.

Sprayed foam polyurethane is very effective in blocking water vapor and has a very high R-value per inch. Its versatile nature allows for the movement of the boundary between the conditioned and unconditioned space from the attic floor to the roofline. If your AC system is installed in an awkward area such as the attic, for example, then moving the envelope to the roofline can prove to be a good thing. This entire process involving attic insulation is a long, tedious procedure, and only experienced professionals can do it correctly.

While it may seem economical to adopt a DIY initiative, it may prove very costly in the long term as poor insulation methods will lead to the need for insulation removal and a further re-insulation.

The chemicals used in the insulation process may also affect an inexperienced handler without equipment, hence we would suggest leaving the attic insulation to the qualified technicians.

While some of these may appear insignificant to the common observer, their impact on your energy cost over the long term is immense. Our technicians will take a look at your home and identify all areas that require sealing before commencing work. It is advisable to remove any items stored in attics and other heavy work areas in advance so as to make the insulation job quicker and more efficient.

To receive a free quotation for your home’s spray foam insulation, call us on 1-647-973-3626.