If you live in an older home, it might be time to assess your attic insulation. Over the years, installed insulation loses its effectiveness and its ability to provide indoor comfort. And when this happens, it's time to make some upgrades and enhance performance.
When insulation starts to wear out, some of the ensuing problems can be just a nuisance, while others can be more serious. For example, a drafty house is simply uncomfortable. On the other hand, high energy bills in summer and winter can pose budget issues.
When Attic Insulation is Deficient
Because the attic and roof are mainly hidden, it’s hard for homeowners to identify deficiencies in the existing insulation. Regardless of the insulation type and regardless of the age of the insulation, there is bound to be long-term deterioration of the installed material.
Over the years, there are numerous factors that can significantly diminish insulation performance. And eventually, when performance is lacking, insulation replacement may be required. Whatever the case, a proper attic inspection can identify areas that need attention.
- water damage throughout the roof and attic cavity
- mold growth on the existing insulation and structure
- animals or insects have compromised the insulation
- dirty, dusty, and deteriorating insulation materials
- poor installation leading to undesirable air leakage
- settling insulation materials that lack performance
When Insulation Needs Replacement
The signs and symptoms of poorly performing insulation are sometimes obvious other times they can be subtle. However, not every sign of poor performance will mean that the insulation must be replaced. Here again, a comprehensive attic inspection will determine viable remedy options.
- indoor temperatures tend to fluctuate
- rooms are often too warm or too cool
- seasonal energy bills tend to be high
- excessive condensation and moisture
- rodents have degraded the materials
- insulation is overly wet or waterlogged
Expert Attic Inspection in Mississauga
Although some homeowners might be tempted by a DIY approach to attic inspection, it just doesn’t compare with a professional inspection. Professionals have the experience and expertise to inspect from end to end and from top to bottom.
With an in-depth inspection, professionals know what to look for in terms of deficiencies. In fact, they often recommend regular inspections, once in the spring and again in the fall. This is an excellent approach to identify potential insulation problems.
When buying or selling a home, an attic inspection is incredibly valuable. It’s a great way to avoid surprises and avoid the need for costly repairs in the future. More than that, a good attic inspection can thoroughly assess everything from airflow to insulation to ventilation.
If You’re Upgrading Your Attic Insulation Count on EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting
Homeowners considering insulation upgrades in Mississauga and the GTA can rely on EcoComfort for quality products and quality installations. We do everything from insulation removal to repairs and retrofits to new installations. We also provide professional attic inspection in Mississauga.