You are probably already aware of how expensive heating your home is through the winter months. However, did you realise that as much as 35% of your heat disappears through your attic? We are all taught at school that hot air rises, but it’s best to avoid it rising up and straight out of your home, which increases the cost of your energy bills.
While everyone knows attic insulation will keep your home warm in the winter, many people don’t realise attic insulation can help to keep your home cooler in the summer months too.
Heat loss can be a big problem, especially in older properties. New houses tend to have the attic insulated when they are built, but this practice only became the norm in more recent years. The Irish government place so much importance on attic insulation that there is a range of grants that may be able to assist you with the cost of insulation.
There are some things you should do to make your attic insulation more effective, and here are just 5 steps to help you.
Clear It Out Before Attic Insulation Is Installed
The first thing to do, before any work is carried out in your attic, is to clean it out. Move everything to other rooms, or take the opportunity to donate loads of stuff you never use to your local charity shop. We all collect items we will never use again, and unless they have sentimental value, getting them out of your home can be therapeutic and feel great.
Once your attic has been emptied you should clean it up as much as you can. A good sweeping is often enough, but if you have dust flying around, use a damp mop to help get rid of it. Don’t forget to wipe around any windows or hatches into the attic.
Damp Proof Electrical Boxes And Fill Holes
If you have electrical boxes in your attic, it’s a good idea to damp proof them before your attic insulation is installed. You can do this very easily with some clear polystyrene sheeting, some acoustic sealant, and a staple gun. Once the attic insulation is complete, warm air can only escape through any holes left behind, so sealing your electrical boxes, which you may need access to, will help to prevent this from happening.
There are many reasons why you might have holes in your attic. There could be wires or pipes running through to the floors below, or you could have gaps at the edges of the attic where you can see through to lower floors. Fill them all with caulk if it’s a small hole, and with some drywall if it’s larger. You can use a sealant to fill any gaps around wires and pipes.
You cannot insulate a chimney, as this can then become a fire hazard. However, you should check around its base to make sure there are no gaps or holes. If you have to seal anywhere on your chimney before your attic insulation is installed, make sure you use a fire resistant caulk or steel sheet metal.
You should also fill any small gaps located around the window frames and hatch.
Fix Roof Leaks
A leaking roof can cause a lot of damage. When the heavy rains start you could regret not having your roof looked at. Get it checked for any leaks and have them repaired. At the same time, it would be sensible to have your gutters cleared. If they are blocked and the water cannot reach the downpipe, you could soon have leaks seeping into your home. Have the valleys cleared at the same time.
Look at the attic joists and flooring for clues to where there may be leaks in your roof. Damp or mouldy spots are a good indication you may have a problem. Also, any patches of ice may be a clue to a leak, as if the weather has turned really cold any water that is leaking in will freeze.
Choose The Best Attic Insulation
There are lots of different materials available for attic insulation and they all have suitable uses. However, if you want the best all round attic insulation in Ireland, you should opt for spray foam. It will definitely save you money on your energy bills as it reduces heat loss dramatically. Because it expands into any space, it will create a perfect seal that stops pollutants from getting into your home, as well as preventing heat from escaping.
Heat and moisture will not affect its integrity over time, and it’s fire resistant. It’s also eco-friendly and can increase the value of any home that has had this attic insulation installed.
Choose The Best Installers
Now your attic is empty and clean, any roof damage has been repaired, and you know spray foam is the best attic insulation for you. Where do you go from here? Spray foam attic insulation is not a do-it-yourself job. You may think you can do-it-yourself, and our installers can make it look relatively easy, but this is down to proper training and years of experience.
You will also notice that installers wear protective clothing. This is not because there is any hazard to you and your family. It is perfectly safe, but health and safety regulations say that anyone using spray materials must wear protection.
You want a company that will carry out the process with as little inconvenience as possible, and that you can be certain will only use the best products available.
Experience, expertise, and knowledge are all vital, and when you use Reilly Spray Foam you have peace of mind knowing you’re receiving a top-notch job.
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