Insulation for Older Homes

Do you have an older home you need to insulate? Do you know the best types of insulation for older homes? MIG Building Systems can give you tips and facts about choosing the right kind of insulation to ensure maximum energy efficiency while protecting the integrity of your historic home. Read on to learn more!

The Best Insulation for Older Homes

It goes without saying, but historic homes simply were not built to be as energy-efficient as modern homes and, therefore, may need more insulation than your average home built in the last 20 years or so. In addition, older homes were not designed with insulation in mind, so great care must be taken to explore the proper compatible insulation systems and materials for your home.

Many historic homes may need a certain type of insulation installed. For historic building insulation, sustainable, natural materials such as cellulose, wood, plant fiber or will (which is known as “reversible” insulation) are recommended for materials.

Cellulose insulation is usually considered the best insulation for older homes, especially the walls because unlike spray foam and other types of insulation, it is reversible. However, every situation is different. The best type of insulation for older homes depends on your home’s age and construction details.

Insulating Historic Homes

For maximum energy efficiency in a historic home, it is recommended to insulate your attic, basement and any crawl spaces. These areas tend to have less historic materials and are the easiest and most effective places to insulate.

Making sure your attic is properly insulated is an easy way to ensure the highest energy efficiency in your home and lower your utility bills since a lot of air can potentially escape out from your attic and roof. Pay extra attention to the point where trusses and rafters meet the exterior walls. This area of historic homes tends to leak. Insulation cannot do its job if cracks and drafts allow air to escape, so air sealing may be necessary before insulation is installed.

Like attics, basements and crawl spaces get a lot of air infiltration and should be properly inspected for gaps to prevent air leakage and loss, especially between walls and the foundation. Proper sealing techniques should be administered before installation is installed.

Insulation for Older Homes: Find the Right Company

To get the most accurate estimate for your insulation project, the recommended type of insulation for older homes and the best areas to insulate, it is recommended that you speak with an insulation specialist in your area. Typically, they will walk you through your home and give you an estimate for the scope of work to be done. You can also be assured that your project is taken care of with the utmost professional expertise.

If you’re in the Rochester and Syracuse, New York areas, MIG Building Systems is the company to call! Contact us today to learn more or get an initial estimate.