Why You Should Check Your Attic This Winter
Published on February 12, 2020
Because your attic is out of sight, it’s also one of the least noticeable areas of the home. For most homeowners in Toronto, the attic is an unused part of the house, and thus overlooked. In fact, most homeowners have never even ventured into the attic.
Without checking the attic space, there’s no way to know what’s going on up there, and no way to know if there’s any trouble brewing. For those installing attic insulation in Toronto, it’s the perfect opportunity to have the space professionally checked.
Common issues found in the attic
Whether you’re installing new attic insulation or just checking the attic periodically, there may well be some surprises up there. Ideally, it’s recommended to have the attic inspected by a professional – that way specific issues can be assessed and proper remedies offered.
Inadequate Attic Insulation
It’s not uncommon to discover that there’s not enough insulation in the attic. Homeowners considering new attic insulation in Toronto can actually choose between “topping up” or complete removal and replacement. This, of course, depends on the condition of materials.
In Toronto, many homes were not sufficiently insulated when they were built – and without regular upgrading, the insulation isn’t performing anymore. In other cases, insulation may have settled over time and the original thermal performance may be significantly reduced.
Insufficient Attic Ventilation
Simply put, without proper attic ventilation, warm air and indoor moisture cannot escape. It means that the attic accumulates excess condensation, which in turn damages insulation and creates an environment for mold to grow. Ventilation will avert all of these problems.
Proper attic and roof ventilation prevents heat loss, improves insulation performance, and reduces the chances of mold growth. This is work that should be undertaken professionally to ensure that airflow is optimized. The benefits will be noticeable almost immediately.
Contaminated Attic Insulation
Attic insulation can be contaminated for a variety of reasons – from animals, to insects, to mold. Beyond the ensuing damage to installed insulation materials, contamination can also pose health risks for occupants. Here, professional attic insulation removal is absolutely required.
When attic insulation is contaminated, energy efficiency is compromised throughout the house and higher energy costs result, while harmful bacteria can also find its way into the home. Animals and their waste are a big problem, while water damage and excess condensation can create additional health issues by promoting mold growth in the attic.
Have your attic insulation professionally checked by the experts at EcoComfort
When it comes to attic insulation in Toronto, EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting provides all of the services you need – from professional inspection, to safe removal, to reinstallation of high performance materials.
If your attic insulation is contaminated, we provide clean, safe removal of toxic materials, along with any necessary repairs. We also provide expert installation, using high quality brand name insulation products.
Learn more about our products and services by calling us directly at 416-333-4554 and asking for a FREE estimate.