How Can I Tell If I Have Enough Attic Insulation?

One quick way to determine if you need more is to look across the span of your attic. If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists (i.e., you can easily see your joists), you should add more. The current code of R-38 recommends that you have about 13.8 inches of insulation. Energy Star, however, recommends an R-49 for our area.

Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Does my insulation cover my attic evenly?
  • Can I see exposed rafters?
  • Is there any exposed sheet rock?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your attic could use more insulation. Our modern insulation materials will give you a maintenance (and worry!) free attic. One that will keep your home energy-efficient and comfortable. Current minimum building standards require that an insulation value of R-38 be installed in all new homes. The US Department of Energy, however, recommends a min of an R-49 to ensure optimal energy efficiency in our climate.

What type of insulation is best?

We use high-quality blow in loose-fill fiberglass insulation for most of our attic insulation jobs because it helps keep our client’s cost down. Benefits also include the fact that it doesn’t settle like cellulose insulation. Not every attic is the same, some are best to insulate with batts. Other attics require polyiso foam board (like RMAX ridged foam) and others require a dense pack product like JM Spider or Knauf Jet Stream. As with each aspect of our company, we want to do what is best for our client. This is so if you need another job done, we can help with it. Wonder what would be best for your home? Give us a call at 503-691-9900 and we can come out and take a no obligation look for you.

Why Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is made of recycled glass and silica. It is then spun into fibers. The tiny air spaces help to slow down the transfer of heat. The resistance to the transfer of heat is called the “R” value. The higher the R-value, the higher its resistance to the transfer of heat. Fiberglass can be blown in or laid down in pre-made batts, depending on the space needing to be insulated. Our fiberglass attic insulation is formaldehyde-free, uses only a vegetable binding agent and is a great green insulating solution. Even though it is a little more expensive than cellulose insulation we use fiberglass because it is a natural fire retardant.

  • Low cost
  • Versatility
  • Flame and water resistance
  • Competitive R-value
  • Green eco-friendly solution

Other attic related services:

We also do attic insulation removals. Whether your insulation has rodent damage, water damage or it smells funny and you want it gone, we can help. Many homeowners try to remove attic insulation themselves. The problem with doing this is the exposure to vermiculite and asbestos. Make sure to wear gloves, proper footwear, and a two-strap mask when doing so. Call us, we can help you take care of the problem and help you avoid hazardous substances.

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FAQ’s ABOUT ATTIC INSULATION


Why is adequate attic insulation important?
Most people will tell you “because heat rises”. This is somewhat of a misnomer because we know that hot air rises. What a lot of people don’t know is that heat is drawn towards cold. In the summer, having enough attic insulation helps keep cool air in your home. It does it by not being heated by the hot air in your attic. In the winter, it keeps warm air in your house from being cooled by the cold air in the attic.

What does this mean to you?
What this means is that, with adequate attic insulation in your home, it is going to be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It also means your utility bills will be lower, so more money in your pocket each month. As well as increased comfort in your home.

How can I tell if I have enough Insulation?
No matter what kind of insulation you currently have in your attic, one quick way to determine if you need more is to look across the span of your attic. If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists (i.e., you can easily see your joists), you should add more. The current code of R-38 is about 13.8 inches but Energy Star recommends an R-49 for our area.

What type of insulation is best?
We use high quality blow-in loose-fill fiberglass insulation for most of our attic insulation jobs because it helps keep our clients cost down. Over time, it also doesn’t settle like cellulose does. Not every attic is the same, some attics it is best to insulate with batts, some polyiso foam board (like RMAX ridged foam) and yet others with a dense pack product. As with each aspect of our company we want to do what is best for our client so that if you need something else we do that you don’t hesitate to give us a call to get help with it. Wonder what would be best for your home? Give us a call and we can come out and look at it for you free of charge.

I want to do it myself
Great, we would be glad to come out and tell you what you need to do. When we take a look we figure out what you have and what you need including ventilation, damming, air sealing, baffling, VPAB (vapor permeable air barrier), and any other things that may be needed for what you want to do. Now don’t be too surprised when we give you a bid to do it and its actually less than you can do it for yourself.

Is there any money to help pay for insulating my house?
A properly insulated attic is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce the energy consumption of your home, increase its value and can prolong the life of your roof (and don’t forget to ask about possible money-saving rebates available to you!).

 

Insulation Resources and Programs in the Area.

There are quite a few programs out there to help with your attic insulation. We try to keep on top of any new programs so we can help you. One that a lot of people in the Portland area are familiar with is Energy Trust of Oregon. What most people don’t realize is there are lots of programs within it. We participate in: Savings Within Reach, Mobes (mobile home free insulation program), On-Bill, Existing homes, Salem Weatherwise, SHOW and many more.

Give us a call today 503-640-9000 or send in an audit request and we can come check out your attic insulation and any other energy efficiency concerns you may have at no cost. You might be surprised at what you qualify for.  You can also check us out on Home Advisor or the Attic Insulation jobs we’ve done in the past on Angies List.

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