5 Questions to Ask Before Upgrading Your Attic Insulation
Published on May 11, 2021
If you're considering upgrades to your attic insulation, there are several important questions to ask. In addressing these questions, you'll make better decisions as to product options and even installation options.
Probably the most important consideration when installing attic insulation in Toronto is to work with a team of professionals. This is not the right time to cut corners with a cheap product or opt for a DIY approach.
Upgrading attic insulation will substantially reduce heating, and air conditioning costs all year. So it’s worth doing right – with quality products and a professional installation. And answering a few questions will help.
Why Choose Blown-In Insulation?
Simply put, blown-in cellulose insulation provides an excellent barrier that resists air leakage. With proper air sealing and appropriate ventilation, the blown-in insulation effectively blocks air leaks throughout the attic and roof cavity. Many professionals agree that densely packed blown-in cellulose does a better job than fibreglass. The overall benefits of blown-in cellulose make the installation worthwhile – it’s thermally efficient, enhances indoor comfort, and is cost-effective.
How long will the material last?
Blown-in cellulose insulation will typically last about 20 years (and even up to 30). While many factors will affect lifespan, the key to longevity is a professional installation. With a professional on hand, homeowners are assured of a comprehensive installation that includes high-quality products, effective air sealing throughout, and ventilation to ensure proper airflow. With optimal conditions like these, installers ensure maximum performance and longevity.
What’s the environmental impact?
Many homeowners prefer blown-in cellulose insulation because of the high content of recycled materials. It’s generally made using a high proportion of recycled paper and therefore considered eco-friendly. The material is also treated with boric acid so that the installation is flame resistant, pest resistant and mold resistant. All of these product features are ideal for a space like an attic. All things considered, insulation professionals consider the product to be the best option in attics.
Are there any health effects/risks?
Blown-in cellulose insulation has been established as safe. Independent industry tests confirm that the cellulose product meets all required building codes. In fact, many professional insulation contractors maintain that cellulose is more fire-safe than fibreglass. The point is that cellulose fibres are much more tightly packed, therefore preventing “combustion air" from feeding a fire and therefore preventing the spread of a fire. Understandably this is advantageous in the attic.
Is a DIY installation recommended?
Although a DIY installation is tempting for some homeowners, it cannot compare with the work performed by an expert. Professional insulation contractors have the tools, experience, and expertise to deliver long-term results. Companies like EcoComfort Insulation and Contracting provide an installation that is all-inclusive, from the required repairs and retrofits to final installation. Most importantly, EcoComfort guarantees all installed products as well as the installation work.
If You’re Upgrading Attic Insulation in Toronto Trust EcoComfort Insulation and Contracting
At EcoComfort, we highly recommend blown-in insulation for the attic and roof cavity. In fact, we also recommend the product when "topping up" existing insulation.