Have you decided your thinly insulated attic needs to be fixed? Whether you’ve already spoken to a member of the MIG Building Systems team and committed to a date or you’re still evaluating your options, it can be intimidating to undertake any kind of work on your home if you don’t know what to expect, what sorts of decisions you’ll be expected to make, or what kind of experience you’ll have on the day of the installation. To help you out, we’ve put together a quick guide to the attic insulation experience, from the decision-making process to enjoying your new energy efficiency and comfort.
What You Need to Know in Advance
If you haven’t already decided what kind of insulation you want in your attic and gone over this with our team, then it’s a good idea to learn your options in advance. There are three significant decisions you’ll need to make when it comes to insulating your attic.
What R-value do I want?
You’ll want to figure out a target R-value—the number describing how much a material resists heat passing through it. Upstate New York is mostly in the Zone 5 climate, meaning that your suggested attic insulation should be between R-49 and R-60 for an uninsulated attic, or adding on an additional R-38 to R-49 on top of existing but inadequate insulation. Local codes may require a minimum higher than these recommendations.
What type of insulation do I want?
Attic insulation offers a number of options. Depending on what you need and what you’re trying to do, an attic might be best insulated with fiberglass batts, fiberglass or cellulose loose-fill, or spray foam insulation. It’ll depend on budget, what sort of coverage your attic needs to handle nooks and crannies, and what you plan to do with your attic.
Should I keep old insulation?
Old insulation can usually be kept and layered over to save money, if it’s in good condition, but if space is tight and you need to make the most of it, you’ll want to pull it for all-new high-R-value insulation. You might also toss it for aesthetic reasons, or if it’s going to prevent you from some goal, like finishing your attic into normal rooms or storage space.
What the Installers Need to Know Before They Start
You’ll want to tell our team your decisions on those three questions we just went over, along with letting us know your goals and concerns. The better you fill us in before we start, the more likely you are to be completely satisfied with the final project.
The Day Of Installation
Different insulation methods will offer different experiences. Your home may need to be left to our work team for a while, and we may need to use a plastic seal to make clean-up easy. It might be quite noisy or involve noxious fumes.
If we’re just installing solid fiberglass panels, it will be relatively quiet, quick and unintrusive, but of course, this isn’t always the best option. Spray insulation may require an empty home due to fumes while it dries, so make sure you have a plan for what to do during the insulation installation process! Blown insulation is quite noisy, and you won’t want to be near the attic while we’re working with it, just in case.
After we’re through, we’ll remove any sealing, clean up and leave your home in pristine condition.
What You Can Expect Afterward
Improving your attic insulation should show immediate effects in comfort, air quality and HVAC performance. You’ll probably notice less ice forming on the edge of your roof in the winter, and you’ll definitely notice your energy bills dropping in the months to come.
If you’d like to learn more or start this process, you can contact MIG Building Systems at 888-397-0988 or by reaching out to us online. We look forward to helping you understand the process and make the best possible decisions to improve your home comfort, value and efficiency.