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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Three Reasons Why You Should Not Install Your Own Insulation

Three Reasons Why You Should Not Install Your Own Insulation

Many builders and remodelers tackle pieces of a construction project on their own. Although this may seem both efficient and cost effective, it is not in the best interest of the contractor or the homeowner. Here are three reasons why you should not install your own insulation and instead hire a professional insulation contractor:
  1. Proper Installation. Insulation does not perform at its optimal level without proper installation. A professional insulation contractor has the experience and training to install insulation to maximize performance, install attic venting to ensure proper airflow and seal air leaks to reduce outside air infiltration.
  2. Knowledge. When you hire a professional insulation contractor, you have access to a wide array of knowledge and training. Professional insulation contractors are up to date on local building codes, new insulation technologies and installation methods. This ensures your project is properly insulated and as energy efficient as possible.
  3. Safety. A professional insulation contractor conducts proper safety training for their installer team. Proper safety training reduces the risk of workplace injuries and helps keep your project on time and on budget.
Don’t let the perceived cost savings of installing your own insulation cost you more in the long run. Hire a professional insulation contractor and have the job done right the first time! Contact our office to discuss your next project.

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Three Steps to Minimize Ice Dams

Three Steps to Minimize Ice Dams

Icicles hanging from your roof can signal a problem. This can be a sign of ice dams. When your home has ice dams it is usually a result of inadequate insulation. Ice dams can be caused by a variety of factors: attic heat loss, inferior roof design, poor attic ventilation and more.

Reducing the risk of ice dams involves three steps: sealing air leaks, good attic ventilation and proper insulation.
  1. Sealing Air Leaks
    The majority of your home’s heat loss occurs through the attic. It is estimated that this heat loss may be as high as 60%. Most of this heat loss is through air leaks between the living area and attic floor. Sealing attic air leaks can help keep warm air in the living space, maintain a lower temperature in the attic and reduce the likelihood of ice forming along the roof’s edge.
  2. Attic Ventilation
    Proper attic ventilation helps facilitate airflow throughout the attic space. Attic ventilation helps prevent moisture buildup and allows insulation to perform at an optimal level. When the attic system works properly, there is a lower risk for ice dams.
  3. Proper Insulation
    A properly insulated attic creates a thermal barrier adequate for your climate zone. This helps keep heated air inside your home. Blown-in fiberglass insulation is an efficient way to create a complete thermal blanket.
Taking the necessary steps to prevent ice dams can avoid a headache for the homeowner and create a more efficient home. Hire a professional insulation contractor to ensure your next project has proper insulation, air sealing and ventilation. To discuss your next project, contact our office.

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