Attic Insulation Isn’t a DIY Job
Do you love the HGTV channel? Has it become your new best friend?
A lot of people watch it faithfully, picking up tips and using the various shows to plan out their next projects. And for a lot of DIY projects, watching the shows can improve your approach. Their tips can make you a better painter. Their strategies can help you reduce expenses.
But some things are just more dangerous than others, no matter how easy the pros make it seem.
Attic insulation is one of those jobs that looks easy on the surface, but a wide variety of things can go wrong if you aren’t properly prepared.
Attic Insulation can be hazardous to your health
If you’re thinking of adding new insulation to your home, chances are you already have insulation in place. Do you know what to do with the existing insulation? Do you remove it? Should you leave it there? Is it okay to touch? What can it do to your health?
If any of these questions left you scratching your head, it’s time to call in a professional.
Depending on when your house was built, you might have attic insulation made from asbestos. Before 1980, asbestos wasn’t considered hazardous, and in fact, was considered a great way for improving the warmth of your home. It’s extremely resistant to heat, making it the perfect insulator for protecting your house.
Asbestos isn’t a problem lying in your attic undisturbed. But with even the slightest movement, asbestos particles can become airborne, and be a hazard to your health.
Adding Attic Insulation isn’t simple to install – no matter how they promote it
If you head to your favorite home improvement store, you’ll find batts of insulation sitting there on the shelves. If you can stick it in a cart and bring it home, it must be easy to install, right?
Insulation isn’t just a blanket of material you can throw up into your attic and expect it to work.
- There are different types of insulation for different uses.
- If you place it over existing insulation, the old insulation should be in good shape, or you risk contaminating the new product too.
- You have to tuck it into corners and ensure a tight fit. If you have ventilation issues, adding new insulation won’t fix the problem.
- New insulation can actually exacerbate current problems. If you have biological growth already in place, for example, adding more insulation over the top can seal in moisture and make it spread faster.
For all these reasons and more, if you want a warmer, more energy efficient home, the best place to start is to talk with one of our team members. We’ll evaluate your current attic insulation, and find out the condition of the insulation already in place. From there, we can give you options, and help you make the right choice for your situation.