Keep It or Throw It: Should I Remove Aging Attic Insulation?

Having the proper insulation thickness in your attic doesn’t just keep your residence comfy. It can help you save major money on your energy bills.

If you are concerned your residence is among the 90% in the United States that doesn’t have adequate attic insulation, now is a fantastic time to install more. Having adequate insulation helps balance your house’s temperature and prevent wintertime troubles such as ice dams, according to the Insulation Institute.

As you prepare to begin putting more insulation in your attic, you may be considering if you need to do attic insulation removal. Not necessarily, and here’s why.

In Most Instances, You Can Keep Old Attic Insulation

Unless your current insulation is damp or damaged, you can often keep it. We advise calling a professional who specializes in attic insulation in Hurricane, like Teays Valley Service Experts. That way, you’ll know your attic insulation is put in accurately and achieves building code standards. Proper installation also means you’ll have max benefits for energy efficiency.

If your insulation resembles shiny pebbles or chips, stop before adding additional insulation. Vermiculite insulation was frequently installed in homes built prior to 1990. The EPA says you should presume it has asbestos, which can lead to cancer. Don’t touch it or disturb it and contact a company who specializes in asbestos removal.

How Much Attic Insulation You Should Add

ENERGY STAR® advises attics should have at the very least 14” of insulation, which gives an R-value of 38. Attic insulation R-value measures how efficiently insulation can block heat. If you reside in a northern climate, as deep as 18” or an R-value of 49 is suggested.

R-value is also influenced by the type of insulation you install, its depth and how it’s installed. When you work with a pro like Teays Valley Service Experts, we’ll take all the guesswork out of R-values and how much insulation needs to be added.

What’s the Best Insulation for My Attic?

Teays Valley Service Experts determines the right insulation for your attic by taking into account where you reside, your budget and how much insulation you need to add. Here are the types of attic insulation we put in.

Batt Attic Insulation

This kind of insulation is installed in sheets cut to fit your attic and is made from fiberglass, mineral wool or cotton. Fiberglass is the most often installed, due to its price, moisture resistance and fire resistance. Mineral wool is pricier, but delivers top protection against fire, water and sound. Often built from recycled jeans, cotton insulation is a green option that provides excellent performance.

Blown-In Attic Insulation

A special machine is used to add blown-in attic insulation, which could contain fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool or cotton. Cellulose is a wise material if you have a lot of little areas to fill, like around pipes, wiring or framing. While cellulose is economical and fire resistant, you’ll also have to realize that it can take in moisture and flatten over time.

Spray Foam Attic Insulation

This liquid insulation transforms to a hard foam on contact. It offers the best barrier against air, vapor and water. Spray foam attic insulation is great for sealing cracks and other hard-to-access locations. It’s highly durable, doesn’t go down and gives a natural sound block.

When you need to install more insulation in your attic, Teays Valley Service Experts can help. Our licensed and certified Experts are here to offer experienced suggestions and outstanding service backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.* Contact us at 304-760-5088 or use our online scheduler to book an appointment now.


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