As long as heat rises, and it always will, your energy dollars will attempt to escape out of your attic.
Without getting too detailed in the solutions, there are several types of attic insulation. To name the more common:
- loose fill
- radiant barrier
Choosing the type of attic insulation requires a review of your existing construction, needs and what you want to accomplish.
One of the questions you may have is whether you want or need the insulation on the roof or the floor of the attic. If the attic has free airflow, you may want to lay the insulation on the floor of the attic.
Another consideration is if your joists are even or uneven If the joists are even, batt is a workable insulation choice. In the case the joists are not uniform, you may need to use loose fill or foam.
Loose fill attic insulation is contained in large bags and the installation process involves the blowing of the loose fill into the attic. Foam is similar, but requires more technical expertise than blowing in loose fill. Radiant barrier is also an installation that requires technical ability and has several variants, such as solid sheets or a liquid. Again, the choice becomes dependent on your current needs and situation.
Ultimately, this decision is about reduced energy costs and improved environmental results. As surveys are showing, there is an increased interest in making sure new construction and remodeling projects include energy efficiency and environmental safety.
The LEED is a certification system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED guidelines are excellent for anyone looking to add value to their home, save money on energy costs and be active in protecting the environment.
In our post Considerations When Adding Green Building Requirements to New Construction or Remodeling Projects, we stated
Adding LEED requirements to a new construction or remodeling project can be more than trivial in time and cost. When you decide to add Green Building requirements to your project, be sure to understand the additional up front costs and how they compare to the long term cost savings.
Consult a professional construction company to discuss your attic insulation requirements. Home remodeling professionals understand the needs and desires of the home buyer, as well as, how to develop the plans that will result in reduced utility costs.
At Veri Construction, we have our own showroom. We are able to show you customized options specific to your situation. We work with clients and subcontractors, while utilizing state of the art 3-D computer generating drawings along with architectural plans for successful project delivery. We can help you get on your way to a newly renovated home.