Insulation is probably the most overlooked aspect of exterior remodeling because most of us do not see it on a daily basis. There are many reasons why a well-insulated home or building is important including the incredible amount of money it will save on your energy bill. Good insulation will also help the home stay more comfortable and will prolong the life of the structure and the contents of the home or building. The largest benefit of insulation is the relatively low cost of installation and the incredible return-on-investment it generates.
According to various forms of research about 90% of homes built before 2000 are not insulated up to code. As a matter-of-fact there are many older homes that have less than 50% of the required insulation they need to be at peak efficiency. A properly ventilated attic will make your home or building warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and will result in a longer lasting structure and roof.
Popular Insulation Options Depending on The Style of Your Home
Insulating with EcoTouch PINK FIBERGLAS Batts & Rolls
The most affordable way to keep your home comfortable is to install insulation in your attic. We make this easy with our EcoTouch® PINK® FIBERGLAS™ Batts & Rolls. For maximum energy efficiency, we recommend about 18 inches of insulation for attic floors (to find out how much insulation you need, use our Insulation Calculators). If your joist cavities are completely filled, we will lay the new insulation in long runs perpendicular to the joists. Batt insulation systems are used mostly in slanted or cathedral ceiling areas of an attic or around skylight flutes where blown insulation is not practical. As part of our insulation systems we will air seal the attic around recessed lighting fixtures, light fixture boxes, metal & masonry chimneys, gas water heater flues or other penetrations through the walls or ceiling. We will also install rafter baffles to allow air flow from the soffits into the attic space
Insulating with Atticat Loose Fill Insulation
Another method of insulating your attic is our loose fill insulation. Instead of laying batts or rolls, our AttiCat®Insulation Blowing Machine conditions the AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK® Fiberglas™ Insulation by fluffing it along the length of the hose, adding millions of the tiny air pockets that give the material its insulating power. Because Fiberglas™insulation will not settle, it will maintain the same energy-saving level over time, keeping your home comfortable for years to come. Blown-in attic insulation is the most popular option for attics with a level surface. It allows us to maximize R Value and also is the easiest way to completely cover the attic evenly. As with rolled insulation we will air seal around any penetrations into the attic from the walls or ceiling for maximum insulting effect. As with batt insulation systems we will install rafter baffles to allow air flow from the soffits into the attic.
Help Keep Your Home Quiet & Comfortable with Floor Insulation
If you have a vented crawl space or basement with insulated ducts and no pipes, you may have noticed your floor is cold and noisy. The best solution for both the thermal and acoustical problems is to insulate the floor above the crawlspace.
The Owens Corning QuietZone® Acoustic System reduces the level of unwanted noise transmitted in the home while maintaining the desired level of comfort. Our QuietZone®Acoustic Floor Mat is acoustically engineered to isolate sound. Placed between the subfloor and a plywood or gypsum concrete overlayment, it forms an isolation layer for sound vibrations and impact noises such as foot traffic. Although this system was designed for crawl spaces it can also be used in a floor above a basement.
For complete acoustic performance, we will use this Acoustic System with Owens Corning QuietZone® acoustic batts, which absorb sound vibrations within the wall & floor cavity. They provide excellent in-place acoustical performance, and are as easy and inexpensive to install as thermal insulation.
Insulating Interior Basement Walls
A dry and comfortable basement means a dry and comfortable living space above. In a heated basement, we can insulate basement walls with existing (or added) 2×4 wall studs with Kraft paper-faced or un-faced exterior wall insulation. Prior to insulating, we will inspect all foundation walls for water leakage and suggest corrective action to be taken taken. As part of this service we can then Install an interior finish material, such as drywall, as soon as the insulation is in place. It is not necessary to insulate the ceiling in a heated basement, but it will help control noise between floors.
Let us know how we can help with your insulation needs. To request a no-obligation inspection and a free insulation estimate, please call us at (262) 373-3800 or fill out our Contact Form. We serve Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, New Berlin, Franklin, Racine, Shorewood, Greenfield, Grafton, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, West Allis, and the surrounding communities in southeastern Wisconsin.
1-800-RITE-ROOF also provides professional services for residential roofing, commercial roofing, roof repair, roofing maintenance, and roofing warranty. we also do storm damage repair, storm damage prevention, siding, windows, doors, ventilation and gutters.
“We had 1800riteroof replace our roof including adding insulation to our attic. The work was done April or May of 2014. They did an excellent job on their workmanship and cleaning up. I was very concerned of nails being left in my yard. I had 3 young kids to worry about. I searched very hard after they were done with the job. I only found ONE nail that had landed in one of my plants. None of my landscaping was damaged during the process either. I’ve been recommending this company ever since.” – Alexis G – Milwaukee