Attic Insulation

You might not think about attic insulation when considering your home’s health, comfort, and energy costs—especially if it’s just a storage space. However, proper insulation can have a significant impact on your comfort and your energy bills.

When it comes to an Attic Insulation Install, many factors must be considered. Access, obstructions and other components located within the Attic are important factors when planning for a smooth installation process.

Our dedicated team performs a full Attic Evaluation to review the conditions of your attic, along with the layout and outline our suggested approach to insulating your attic.

The most common types of Attic Insulation are as follows:

  • Blown In Attic Insulation (Fiberglass or Cellulose)
  • Encapsulated Attic Insulation
  • Rigid Foam Board for Applications located within the Attic

Common Conditions Indicating a Need for New Insulation

  • Mold is a common issue found in attics. If your home doesn’t have an adequate vapor barrier and there are leaks, mold and mildew can create a health hazard. Blocked vents can impede proper airflow, which is another common cause of mold and mildew. If the vents are blocked, moisture can build up.
  • There could be a number of pests nesting in your insulation, such as squirrels, bats, chipmunks, rats, or mice. Attics are dark, sheltered areas that typically don’t have much human activity, making them ideal places for animals to nest. Rodents like to chew on fiberglass insulation and move it around to make nests. Not only does this make your insulation less effective, these pests can carry disease or chew on your electrical wiring.
  • Over time, your insulation may have settled or drifted, making your attic prone less effective. This is especially true of blown fiberglass and cellulose, which can drift or settle over time. This leaves your attic insulation prone to air movement which contributes to higher energy bills and an uncomfortable home.
  • Ice dams on your roof are a sign your attic insulation needs attention. Ice dams form when snow melts, then refreezes near the edge. This is a sign that part of your roof is warm enough to melt, but the edge stays below freezing. This can damage your roof which will be even more expense to repair.

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How Attic Insulation Works

First, how does insulation work? Insulation works by trapping pockets of air, which slows down the airflow both directions.

Your climate-controlled air stays inside longer, and the cold or hot outside air stays out longer. Because heat rises, attic insulation is even more important than wall insulation.

The better the attic insulation, the longer it takes heat to escape from your warm home to the cold outside.

encapsulated insulation

More Does Not Always Mean Better

“More” doesn’t always mean “better,” however, so you don’t want to just throw down an additional layer yourself.

It’s important to have a professional assess your current attic insulation, determine whether you need additional insulation, and install any necessary additions.

Below we detail some of the common issues found in attics that we can help identify and alleviate.

Our professional installers will provide a thorough inspection to identify any issues, such as inadequate insulation or signs of pest activity, and provide recommendations to make your home safer and more comfortable. Jersey Shore Home Moisture Management can help fix your attic and save in energy costs.

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