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Insulation weekend project!
21 Apr
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April is all most finishing, and we look into a warmer climate in most of the U.S. This is the perfect time to star thinking about big remodels, projects outside, maybe start building a pool, but this week we have decided to talk about one very important element in your home: Insulation. While the weather is going up, a smart move is to start working on things in your house that may be unbearable when summer gets here. Insulation is usually find in attics and garages, this material is very important for you and your house so we wanted to come up with the basic information you need to know before you start a big renovation.

Finding you R-Value:

According to Lowe’s Blog, the R-Value is a measure of the materials resistant to resist heat conduction. The higher the R-Value the greater the insulation effectiveness.  This value is very important because insulation varies a lot depending on where you live.

The R-Value also depends on the type of insulation, it’s thickness and density, if you need a professional to help you with your project contact us! 

Where?

This is probably one of the most important questions you need to ask, because not all houses have the same distribution and not all structures need this material.

  • Garage: In here you need to check ceilings and garage doors that are adjacent to conditioned spaces, check also where you find joists, for example where the wood meets with he concrete to seal gaps.
  • Attic:  First locate where the HVAC  system is, this is a very important point, you also may want to install on top of the floor or under the roof deck.
  • Exterior walls and floors: In walls is recommended if you live in cold places, be aware of any cables or electrical wiring before you start installing anything. If you need an electrician, just click here! 
  • Room additions: Because this is a new space added to your house be aware of any gaps you may encounter. 

Save some money!

According to Energy.gov you can save money by adding more insulation into the existing one, specially in older houses. In order to qualify you need to make a Home Energy Audit, if you need a professional don’t hesitate to contact usOff course you are not obligated to do this, you can also find out if your home qualifies by finding out if:

  • What type of insulation you have
  • The R-Value and the thickness of your insulation
  • Whether your home should/should’t, is/isn’t insulated.

What kind?

There are many kinds of insulation you can use for your home, if you are handy and know your way around the house you can buy the materials and start remodeling, if you feel you need a professional don’t worry, just click here and get a free request. Here are some of the most popular types of insulation so you can make an inform decision:

Batting: It is made of fiberglass and it usually comes in rolls, it is probably your cheapest option. This is also the easiest one to install and you can use it in attics and walls.

Blow in: This is loose cellulose that you can literally “blow in” the walls. It is good for attics and walls where you didn’t had insulation previously. If you hire an expert this can come a little bit expensive, so if you are thinking of DIY make sure you have one more person to help you.

Spray foam: It is a spray-applied plastic that expands as a foam and creates a barrier, it can be used around windows or where pipes and wires enter your house.

Rigid foam: It is expanded polystyrene or sheets that can be used between joists.

Specialty: Good for pipe insulation, duct insulation, and water heater jackets.

 

By Maria G Ruiz

References:

https://energy.gov/energysaver/adding-insulation-existing-home

https://www.lowes.com/projects/repair-and-maintain/insulation-buying-guide/article

https://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation

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