Keep It or Pitch It: Should I Take Out Outdated Attic Insulation? 

Having the correct insulation depth in your attic doesn’t just keep your house comfy. It can help you save a lot of money on your utility costs. 

If you suspect your house doesn’t have adequate attic insulation, now is a good time to install more. Having enough insulation helps balance your house’s temps and stop wintertime problems like ice dams, according to the Insulation Institute

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

In Most Cases, You Can Keep Old Attic Insulation 

Unless your current insulation is damp or damaged, you can typically keep it. We suggest calling a pro who specializes in attic insulation in Champaign, like Chief/Bauer Service Experts. That way, you’ll know your attic insulation is added correctly and achieves building code standards. Accurate installation also means you’ll get maximum benefits for energy efficiency. 

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

How Much Attic Insulation You Should Put In 

ENERGY STAR® recommends attics should have at minimum 14” of insulation, which offers an R-value of 38. Attic insulation R-value gauges how effectively insulation can divert heat. If you reside in a northern climate, as much as 18” or an R-value of 49 is recommended. 

R-value is also influenced by the kind of insulation you use, its thickness and how it’s added. When you work with a pro like Chief/Bauer Service Experts, we’ll take all the guessing out of R-values and how much insulation needs to be installed. 

What’s the Best Insulation for My Attic? 

Chief/Bauer Service Experts figures out the right insulation for your attic by taking into account where you live, your budget and how much insulation you need to have. Here are the types of attic insulation we put in. 

Batt Attic Insulation 

This kind of insulation is installed in sheets sized to fit your attic and is constructed from fiberglass, mineral wool or cotton. Fiberglass is the most requested, as a result of its price, moisture resistance and fire resistance. Mineral wool is pricier, but offers excellent protection against fire, water and sound. Usually constructed from recycled jeans, cotton insulation is a sustainable option that gives excellent performance. 

Blown-In Attic Insulation 

A distinct machine is used to install blown-in attic insulation, which could contain fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool or cotton. Cellulose is a wise material if you have a lot of small spaces to fill, including around pipes, wiring or framing. While cellulose is budget-friendly and fire resistant, you’ll also have to consider that it can take in moisture and decrease as the years pass. 

Spray Foam Attic Insulation 

This liquid insulation transforms to a hard foam on contact. It delivers the best barrier against air, vapor and water. Spray foam attic insulation is ideal for sealing cracks and other difficult-to-access spots. It’s very tough, doesn’t flatten and offers a natural sound block. 

When you want to install additional in your attic, Chief/Bauer Service Experts can help. Our licensed and certified Experts are here to give skilled advice and excellent service that includes a 100% satisfaction guarantee.* Call us at 217-689-2469 or use our online scheduler to book an appointment now. 

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