The team at Attics and More doesn’t need a crystal ball to know it’s cold inside too. One of the benefits of having so much customer contact is the ability to learn in real-time what’s happening in our prospective clients’ homes. The main complaints are cold spots in the house, especially on the second floor of the home, and the room that sits above an attached garage.

November days in the 70⁰s are gone. The discomfort of the cold in your home is not inviting, and your heater is working overtime to keep up with the cold temperature inside your house. Those with ice-cold bedrooms are huddling under ten comforters each, and there is relentless complaining  (especially after taking a shower) that you cannot get and stay warm.

The good news is that there is a fix — one that is just as good at stopping cold spots in the winter as it is nixing hot spots in the summer.

I had a woman from Philadelphia call recently, and she told me that she knew nothing about attics. She had purchased and now shares a home with her 91-year-old father. She complained about the cold to her father, and he told her that the culprit was their attic. She was surprised to hear it, but she gave me a call. Her father was right. Other issues arise when you have a room above an attached garage. The loudest complaints come from families where the master bedroom sits above the garage, and it is an icebox—no room for romance in a freezer.

If you speak to any HVAC professional or roofer, they will tell you the same thing. The problem lies within the attic and, in the case of the room above the garage, it lies in the garage’s insulation or lack thereof. We appreciate that these specialists reinforce our educated message to our customers.

The solution is simple and scientific. I don’t “math” well, but science makes sense. We try to educate our consumers so they are better positioned to know what they are getting for their investment and why. I tell our customers who are getting multiple bids on a project what to ask the other companies. We strive to not only do a good job but the best job. Once you are our customer, you will remain our customer forever, and we are here to assist you should any questions arise in the future after we do a project in your home.

Seal, Insulate, and Ventilate Your Attic

Air Sealing Your Attic

Now, onto the education part. We preach “seal, insulate, and ventilate.” The cold and warm air is always trying to find each other. This is where the sealing comes in. In the winter, the warm air is finding its way outside while the cold air wants to come inside. The only way to stop this is to air seal the attic.

Our air sealing service, which will seal holes and leaks in your attic, can significantly cut down on air leakage and can have an immediate impact on your energy bills. An added benefit is that sealing cracks and openings reduces drafts and cold spots, improving comfort.

Insulation In Your Attic

The next component is to insulate. Insulation is measured in something called an R-Value, and in the tri-state area of New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, we want to insulate our attic to a level of R-38 or 15 inches. We do things a bit differently from the way other insulation companies do. We provide a guaranteed bag count of insulation, as well as an R-Value guarantee.  The blown-in fiberglass insulation that we install is done by bag count, not just height, to reach the proper R-Value of R-38 or 15 inches. Some companies set their blowers to blow the material in a fluffier consistency to reach that level using fewer bags. With Attics and More, you will receive the full bag count, even if that increases your insulation height and value to level R-44. You will also receive the lifetime R-Value Guarantee, which states that if at any time the blown-in insulation in your home falls under the purchased R-Value, the Attics and More installation team will make an appointment to refill the attic to the purchased R-Value, at no charge. This certificate is transferable to any owner of the home listed at the address below, as long as the house is standing and has not been condemned by any city or municipality. If the level falls below the promised regional R-38, we will top it off at no cost to you.

Ventilate Your Attic

Ventilation in the attic is almost always thought of as a summertime concern. Our solar attic fans by Solaro Aire are sourced and manufactured in the USA, remove heat during the hot summer months, and remove moisture that can cause mold and mildew in the winter. It is this one, two, three punch that maximizes home comfort and energy savings.

The concept of the building envelope as it applies to the entire home itself is crucial. It is the separation of the interior and exterior of a building.  It helps facilitate climate control and protect the indoor environment. In older homes, the cost of energy when they were built was inexpensive, so the focus was not there for proper insulation, ventilation, and sealing. Even in newer homes, adequate insulation and ventilation are not appropriately done or are overlooked. It is in these independent components where you can recoup energy savings by having them inspected by a professional and then addressed accordingly.

Rooms Over an Attached Garage

Next, let us consider the situation with rooms that sit over an attached garage. These rooms tend to be ice cold in winter and too hot in summer. We address this problem by placing multi-layer insulation (eShield, our proprietary brand of radiant insulation) in the garage ceiling with the shiny surface facing the ground. In effect, this becomes the floor of the room above the garage. The radiant heat that is pulled from the MLI keeps the room toasty in winter and radiates the warmth away from the room in summer. The goal is to create an envelope (an envelope within the building envelope as outlined above) of hot or cool air depending upon the season, and it works. There is sometimes ductwork inside the garage that needs to be covered with insulation to keep the cold air or warm air where we want it to stay – inside the ductwork and at the right time of year.

Sound like a solid plan? That’s because it is. The Healthy Attic Plan, from A to Z, consists of eco-friendly products to seal, insulate, and ventilate your attic and garage where applicable, providing the most comfort and energy efficiency for your home. And don’t forget about those tax credits. The Federal Solar Tax Credit for our Solaro Aire solar fans is 26% for the year ending 2020, then dropping to 22% for 2021. New Jersey also has a capital improvement credit for insulation as well, where you can claim up to $500 on your taxes.

Your home is your most significant investment, and where you spend most of your downtime. Let Attics and More show it a little TLC, so wearing three cardigans in winter and dropping ice cubes down the back of your shirt to cool off in summer isn’t the norm anymore.

 

Do you feel like your home just isn’t keeping in the warm air as well as it used to? Does it seem like cool air is easily escaping from your house?

This might be because of your attic insulation aging and losing its effectiveness. Furthermore, degrading insulation might tip you off to other hazardous substances that are contaminating your home like mold.

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Just like anything else in your home, your attic insulation won’t last forever. If you think that it’s time to replace it, the first step is removal. While this can be a huge undertaking for homeowners, knowing the right procedures and precautions can make it a smooth process.

In this article, we’ll be going over everything you need to know about attic insulation removal and the proper steps to get it done effectively.

Should you remove old attic insulation?

You should consider removing your attic insulation for the following circumstances…

First and foremost, mold. If you’ve had a roof leak or the condensation from your air conditioner dripped onto your insulation, it can hold the moisture for a long time and become a source for mold spores. Not only does this greatly reduce the insulation’s overall effectiveness, but it also puts you and your family in danger by proliferating mold in your home.

If your attic is infested with rats or other critters, there’s a chance that they’ve left urine and droppings in or near your insulation. These can be toxic and need to be removed immediately. Your insulation needs to be removed along with the droppings, as it’ll carry some of its toxicity if left in your attic.

Removing old insulation and replacing it with new ones will not only rid your home from any rodent infestation and mold, but also improve its energy efficiency and overall air quality. Once you see signs of degradation, it’s important to take initiative and start planning on insulation removal.

How long does it take to remove attic insulation?

Depending on who you hire for your attic insulation removal – or if you choose to do it yourself – a typical procedure might take between 4 to 18 hours. 

Assuming your attic is about 1,500 square feet in size, hiring a professional team who are properly trained and are bringing the right equipment can take about 4 to 6 hours to remove your attic insulation. If you’re opting to do it yourself, you might find yourself working for about 6 to 18 hours.

These hours can depend on a few different things. The overall condition of your attic is probably the biggest contributing factor. The amount of debris, obstructions like pillars and pipes, the amount of leg space, the types of insulation being removed, the weather – all of these factors can greatly affect the time you or your contractors spend in the attic. 

If you’re going to remove the insulation yourself, you’ll probably benefit from chunking up the work. Getting a small area done and working your way through the attic will net you better results, though it will take much longer as we mentioned.

Attic Insulation Removal Basics

At this point, we’ve hopefully reinforced the fact that attic insulation removal isn’t a walk in the park. With that being said, it can definitely be DIY-ed if you have the right gear and take the right precautions.

The Essentials

Whenever you’re dealing with a tricky procedure like this, especially in an area like the attic, we’re always going to emphasize safety. That means you’ll need to invest in some protective gear to make sure this project can go off without a hitch.

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Gloves will shield your hands from any hazardous materials, and rubber-coated gloves work best. For insulation removal work, you’ll need at least a 95-rated mask to protect your lungs from any potential dust or mold.

The same thing goes for your eyes – buy reliable goggles or other eye protection that’s got anti-fog coating. As for clothing, investing in a good pair of coveralls will ensure your skin is completely safe from irritation and contamination. A hardhat wouldn’t hurt either since attics generally aren’t built with tall people in mind.

Finally, a flashlight is essential for being able to see what you’re doing. A headlamp will be even better, as it frees up your hands while illuminating your workspace.

Equipment and Supplies

Now that you know how to protect yourself and make life easier for working up in the attic, it’s time to discuss specific equipment and supplies you’ll need for attic insulation removal. While purchasing heavy machinery isn’t necessarily a requirement, it’ll definitely help cut down the time needed to get this done.

Pay attention to what type of insulation you have as well. Blown-in cellulose insulation is usually brown and gray material that crumbles when you pick it up. Fiberglass batt insulation comes in longer and thicker pieces and is used to cover larger surface areas.

A commercial-grade insulation removal vacuum is crucial if you want to get this done quickly. It’ll ideally run on a gas-powered engine and come with vacuum hoses, metal hose connectors, and large vacuum bags.

You’ll also need a ladder to get up into the attic, as well as a HEPA Filtered Shop-Vac and 50-gallon waste bags. Purchase rakes and dustpans if you have blown-in insulation. Having floor and wall coverings along with tape to secure it will be important as well.

Safety Precautions

Remember that not all attics are built to have multiple people walking around for long periods of time.

To make sure you’re keeping yourself safe, keep your eyes on the floor and make sure you’re stepping on floor joists only. If you step on drywall and put too much pressure on it, your foot might go through it, or even your entire body.

We mentioned wearing a hardhat if possible, and that’s because your roof might have protruding nails sticking out into the attic. Furthermore, old attics might be dusty and incredibly dirty, so investing in the gear mentioned above will keep you safe and clean.

How to remove attic insulation

Once you’ve got everything you need to properly remove attic insulation, it’s time to break down step by step how you’re going to pull this off. Depending on what type of insulation you’re trying to remove, the process will be slightly different. We’ll be outlining how to do each procedure.

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Blown-in Cellulose Insulation

Start by setting all of your equipment by your garage for easier retrieval. Clear out a space between your attic entrance and front door. Cover everything in that path as best you can with protective material.

Set up a ladder into your attic. Set up your commercial vacuum and extend the hose from your home into the attic. Place the HEPA filtered shop-vac, rake, and dustpan in the attic.

Put all of your protective gear on and have someone by the commercial vacuum to check it as you turn it on. Once it’s activated, go into the attic and start vacuuming the blown-in insulation. Use your rake to collect the insulation into the dustpan, and place it into waste bags.

Use the Shop-Vac to clean up any remaining insulation. Rinse and repeat until every area in your attic is free of old insulation. Make sure you take a break every 15 to 20 minutes to regulate your body temperature.

Once you’re all done, throw away all the waste bags filled with insulation into a dumpster. Get all of your equipment out of the attic and home. Carefully remove all of your floor and wall coverings and remove your protective clothing and gear in a safe area away from any family or furniture.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation

For fiberglass batt insulation, the set-up and vacuuming process is pretty much the same. The only difference is that you won’t need any rakes or dustbins to collect the insulation since you’ll be dealing with batt insulation.

Once you’ve covered your home with wall and floor coverings and connected a ladder to the attic, you’ll have to roll up all the insulation and place them into waste bags as needed. It’s at this point that you’ll use the commercial vacuum and Shop-Vac to clean the floor.

The rest of the clean-up process is the same. Remember the take breaks every 15 to 20 minutes here as well.

Attic insulation removal costs

How much your attic insulation removal costs will depend again on how big your attic is and the overall condition surrounding it. The cost to remove old attic insulation typically runs between $1 to $2 per square foot.

So, if you’re attic is roughly 1500 square feet, be prepared to spend between $1,500-$3,000 for attic insulation removal.

Should I remove attic insulation myself or hire a pro?

Now we get to the question of whether you should even bother doing this yourself or opting for a professional to clean out your attic insulation for you.

Depending on your comfort level with doing home improvement projects yourself, one might seem more attractive than the other. If you’ve never dealt with insulation, or if this is your first home improvement project, getting professionals to do it for you might seem like the move.

For those more comfortable with this undertaking, the cost-effective nature of a DIY insulation removal might be enough incentive. It’s also important to consider the safety of doing this yourself as well, as being careful not to take in any harmful substances or injuring yourself is something that only comes with experience.

Overall, getting a quote from an attic professional is a good first step. They’ll also be able to provide you with detailed insights and costs for adding new insulation to your attic to save energy and improve comfort.

Find the right method and effectively remove attic insulation

Removing old attic insulation will improve your home’s energy efficiency once it’s replaced, while also protecting you and your family from dangerous substances such as rodent contamination and mold. Use this article to find the best course of action for removing your attic insulation.

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Installing attic insulation is an incredibly effective way to make your home more energy-efficient and save money on utility bills.

However, there are lots of things to consider when applying insulation into your home attic. Whether it’s figuring out how much material you should purchase, or finding the right contractor for the job, there’s a lot of moving parts when it comes to attic insulation, not to mention the state, local, and federal regulations regarding home insulation that needs to be taken into account.

Homeowners in Utah have to pay attention to these components to ensure that they’re getting the best possible insulation for their attic. In this article, we’ll discuss the various elements that Utah residents need to look out for to keep their attics the right temperature all year long.

Utah Attic Insulation Guide

What type of insulation is best for Utah attics?

Depending on which parts of your attic you’re trying to insulate, we recommend two different types of insulation products.

Utah Attic Insulation - Blown in and Reflective Insulation

For most Utah residents, floor insulation is the best choice for attic insulation.

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Attic floors are the primary barrier between your attic and the rest of your home. When talking about floor insulation, it’s important to note that there are two different types to choose from: batt insulation, or loose-fill or blown-in insulation.

Roll and batt insulation are perfect if your attic has a large surface area. Batt insulation either comes in a big roll that you can spread across your attic floor, or in smaller pieces that you can combine to cover a large area. They’re usually made out of cellulose or fiberglass, and are generally affordable.

Loose-fill or blown-in insulation is cellulose or fiberglass insulation pieces that are broken up and spread around your attic. Installing this type of insulation requires you to break up and “blow” the material using a machine, which is where it gets its name. Blown-in insulation is great for insulating tight areas around your attic, or areas that have already been insulated but need to be topped off.

Utah homeowners should also consider installing reflective insulation to increase the performance of traditional systems. These types of insulation products can help stop radiant heat transfer, reflecting it back to its source. This helps keep homes in Utah warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and further decreases reliance on heating and cooling equipment.

Because Utah has the largest average home size in the United States, homeowners with bigger homes and subsequently larger attics should invest in insulation. However, regardless of the size of your attic, you’re bound to have some tight spots that batt insulation just can’t get to. In these instances, we recommend using blown-in insulation.

How much attic insulation do you need in Utah?

To calculate how much insulation your attic is going to need, measure the length times the width of either your entire attic or the specific area you want insulated to get the square footage. If you’re using blown-in insulation, you’ll need to fill up the insulation to a specific height. Reference the back of the insulation package to find the recommended height based on your R-value.

What is R-value?

The R-value is the measurement of thermal resistance, or how much the insulation can resist heat flow. Basically, the higher the R-value, the better your insulation is at keeping warm air in or out of your attic.

How much insulation you need depends on where you live in the U.S. Because there’s variation in climate throughout North America, the R-value you’ll need to reference is going to change based on location.

R-Value based on location

Currently, there are 8 different climate zones throughout the U.S. The Department of Energy has several different R-value recommendations for attics, basements, and other walls. Unfortunately, the climate zones are designated purely based on location and don’t incorporate state lines. As such, Utah is in the middle of three different climate zones.

Utah Attic Insulation - R-Value Map

Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Morgan, Rich, Summit, Uintah, and Wasatch Counties are all in Climate Zone 6. The recommended floor R-value for these areas is 30.

Beaver, Davis, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane Millard, Piute, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Utah, Wayne, and Weber Counties are in Climate Zone 5, with the recommended floor R-value being 30 as well.

Washington County is the lone county in Climate Zone 3, with a recommended floor R-value of 19.

As such, finding the proper square footage and R-value are the two most important components for figuring out how much insulation you need to purchase. If you’re unsure about the exact amount you’ll need, you can either use online R-value calculators or call a contractor for a quote.

How much does attic insulation cost in Utah?

Now that you’ve figured out what types of insulation you need and how much you’ll need to satisfy requirements, it’s almost time to get started. But first, you’ll need to calculate how much all of this will cost.

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On average, attic insulation can range between $1.50 to $3.50 per square foot depending on the size of your attic and the materials you choose to insulate it with. There are, however, other costs to consider such as labor.

Contractors generally charge about $70 per hour to complete this procedure, and how long they’ll need will depend on both the size of your attic and whether there are any obstructions in their way. You should also hire an electrician to check if there are any junction boxes or cables that can be disrupted by insulation. They usually charge about $85 an hour.

In Utah, the average cost of installing attic insulation doesn’t vary too much. With that being said, it’s important to research how much the procedure will cost in your specific location. Every house is different, and your city might have very different code regulations from the town right over. Check your local building codes for things like R-value and vapor barrier requirements.

If you need reliable estimates to gauge your attic insulation budget, Manta has a database that tracks the average cost for each city in Utah. It’s worth noting, however, that Manta does not incorporate labor costs, inspection fees, or permit expenses in their estimates, as those are data that are purely dependent on location.

Before contacting a professional to install attic insulation, ask yourself these questions about the overall state of your attic:

  • Is your attic air sealed?
  • Do you need to fix your ductwork to prevent moisture buildup?
  • Does your attic have good ventilation? Does everything that’s being ventilated into your attic have a way out?
  • Do you have mold in your attic? Do you need to contact a professional to remove any mold?

Contractors will have a much easier time installing attic insulation if you have all of those bases covered. If not, they’ll have to work around those obstructions and likely take more time, costing you more money.

Are there any attic insulation incentives for Utah residents?

Utah residents can claim state-approved rebates to help offset the cost of installing insulation and other related services, as the state considers this a step toward greater energy efficiency. The program applies to costs related to insulating attics, air-sealing, and duct ventilation.

A ThermWise approved contractor must be in charge of installation, meaning the rebate does not apply if you install it yourself or contract a non-approved provider.

You’ll be accommodated up to $0.25 for each square foot of attic insulation that you install, and if you’re air-sealing the attic prior to insulation, you can receive $100 and an additional $0.20 per square foot as well.

For more information on this weatherization rebate program, please visit ThermWise.com.

How to hire a Utah attic insulation contractor

Now that you’ve figured out how much insulation you’ll need and how much this is all going to cost, it’s time to find the right contractor who can handle the process.

An insulation contractor can properly inspect your attic and outline the necessary steps you’ll need to take to get it all done. They can advise you about what type of insulation you’ll need, their requisite R-value, and all the other components we’ve discussed so far in this article.

However, we understand how hard it is to pick the right contractor when almost every single company claims that they’re the best in your area. For this reason, we’ve come up with a few key things to look for when picking your contractor.

Make sure they’re thorough

If a contractor comes by your house for an inspection and they perform various diagnostic tests, look through every corner of your attic, and give you a thorough explanation of what they saw, that’s an indication of their experience and reliability. Beware of contractors who take a quick peek in your attic and simply suggest putting in a few inches of insulation. They should be initiating conversations about your attic’s insulation and ventilation issues while providing detailed steps on how to move forward.

Check their reviews

Going online and looking through their services and offers is a great way to see if a contractor is legit. If they provide lifetime warranties, that means they’re confident in their work to the point where they’re willing to follow up with you to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. See what others are saying about a contractor. If reviews are generally positive, that’s a sign of a reliable contractor.

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Attic insulation is anything but simple, but Utah residents will greatly benefit from doing the proper research and spending their money on the right services and products. A properly insulated attic translates into a much more comfortable and energy-efficient home, and big savings on your utility bills down the line.

Installing proper insulation in your attic prevents cold air from entering your home and keeps all the warm air inside it. This helps you save big on your energy bills. But there’s an element to attic insulation that many homeowners forget – the attic hatch.

Although you use it to enter your attic, the hatch is often an afterthought when compared to the rest of the attic. However, properly sealing and insulating this entryway is essential if you want to maximize your home energy efficiency.

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In this article, we’ll be outlining why attic hatch insulation is so important, how you can properly insulate your attic, and what you’ll need to get it done. Let’s dive in.

Why should I insulate my attic hatch?

In previous articles, we highlighted how warm air often ends up in the attic and escapes outside during the winter. We also talked about how summer heat can radiate through your roof and collect in your attic, causing the entire house to become hotter.

Attic hatches are simply another component of this issue. While you can keep them clean and properly painted, they usually aren’t designed with energy efficiency in mind. It’ll still radiate heat in the summer and let warm air escape in the winter.

Properly insulating your attic hatch helps prevent this issue, and if you pair that with a properly sealed and insulated attic, you’ll be maximizing your home’s energy efficiency. Simply put, the more you insulate your attic, the more control you’ll have over your home temperatures, and the greater your energy savings will be.

Different ways to insulate your attic hatch

There are two ways homeowners can properly insulate their attic hatch. One is very similar to how you would insulate the rest of your attic – that is, applying insulation directly onto the hatch itself. The other method involves installing a cover over your hatch in the attic to prevent unwanted heat flow.

Fiberglass Insulation

How to Insulate an Attic Hatch - Fiberglass Insulation

If you’ve already insulated your attic, you’ll probably have some experience with this method. This process basically involves attaching fiberglass foam strips onto the wood stops that hold your hatch together. By stacking these foam strips on top of one another, you’ll effectively create a barrier within your hatch to prevent heat from passing through.

Attic Hatch Covers

How to Insulate an Attic Hatch - Attic Hatch Cover

Another decidedly simpler way to insulate your hatch is by installing an attic hatch cover. These covers are placed in the attic right over your hatch. It’s essentially an additional pathway into your attic. You simply unzip the cover to step into your attic. Installing covers is a lot simpler and requires far less equipment, but serves practically the same function as foam insulation.

What you’ll need for attic hatch insulation

If you’re installing an insulation cover, all you’ll pretty much need is the cover itself and some staplers to lock it in place.

Those opting for fiberglass insulation will need a few more materials, including the insulation itself, tape or glue, a ruler, weatherstripping, and something to cut your fiberglass with.

Depending on the state of your hatch, you might need new wood stops to create a barrier. Air sealing equipment, like caulk, is helpful here as well.

How to insulate an attic hatch

Fiberglass Insulation

The first step before applying any insulation is checking whether there’s any air leaks or molding in and around the hatch.

You can check for air leaks by lighting incense or holding thin paper by the hatch to see if there’s any air movement. You can caulk around the perimeter of the hatch if you find that it’s leaking air.

It’s at this point where you should properly measure your attic hatch. Every home has a different sized hatch, and if you don’t get the proper measurements this entire process will be moot.

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Making sure there’s no mold is important for both preventing your insulation from damage and keeping your home safer overall. We recommend getting an inspector to check the mold. If there is any molding, you should add a few inches of wood stops so your new foam insulation can stick easier.

Add self-adhesive foam weatherstripping to the top edges of your new wood stops. Then cut a piece of fiberglass or foam board to your hatch door’s size and attach it to the hatch with tape or nails.

Finally, check whether your hatch is leaking air one more time to make sure it’s properly sealed and insulated.

Attic Hatch Covers

How to Insulate an Attic Hatch - Attic Hatch Cover

Installing insulation covers is a little bit simpler. Make sure you buy the proper sized cover for your hatch, and all you have to do is place it over the hatch entrance in the attic, add adhesive, and some staples to keep it secure.

Now you can simply unzip the cover and enter your attic with ease.

Finding the best solution for attic hatch insulation

Choosing which attic hatch insulation to install depends on both your experience with DIY projects and a few other factors.

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Installing fiberglass insulation on top of your hatch is effective, but as we’ve described, it takes a little bit of elbow grease. If you’ve already installed fiberglass insulation all around your attic and have some of it leftover, and happen to have some caulk and weatherstripping available, you might opt for this method instead of buying a cover.

However, if you don’t want to purchase all the different equipment needed to add fiberglass insulation to your hatch, or you don’t feel comfortable being able to do it yourself, you can opt for other alternatives.

An insulation professional should be able to help you install fiberglass to your attic hatch, though you will have to consider the cost of labor, equipment, and other factors here. Alternatively, getting an insulation cover will likely save you money, and they’re much simpler to install. We recommend those without much DIY experience to invest in a cover rather than applying fiberglass insulation themselves.

Whichever option you choose, insulating your attic hatch is an effective way to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer without bearing the brunt of high energy bills.

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Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most effective ways to save money on electricity bills and make your home energy efficient.

However, there are many things to consider when applying attic insulation, as it involves buying the right equipment, knowing how much materials to buy, and hiring the right type of labor. Not only that, there are federal, state, and local regulations regarding home insulation that needs to be taken into account before embarking on this process.

Delaware homeowners will need to optimize these various components to make sure they’re getting the best possible attic insulation for their homes. In this article, we discuss which components Delaware residents need to keep an eye on to make sure your attic stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Delaware Attic Insulation Guide

What type of insulation is best for Delaware attics?

Depending on which parts of your attic you’re trying to insulate, we recommend two different types of insulation products.

Delaware Attic Insulation - Blown in and Reflective Insulation

Floor Insulation

For attic floors, there are two main types of insulation: roll and batt insulation and loose-fill or blown-in insulation. Batt and roll work best between joist and stud spaces, or for wide-open spaces or crawl spaces. Blown-in insulation works best for extremely tight spaces, or if an area already has insulation installed but needs a little more to top it off. They’re also useful for filling wood joists, as they allow air through the spaces and require insulation.

In Delaware, it’s more likely than not that your attic is going to need insulation in tight spaces. Blown-in insulation is perfect for that scenario, as it provides better coverage in smaller areas and is less expensive than roll and batt insulation. You can purchase fiberglass or cellulose insulation, whichever you prefer. Just remember that installing blown-in insulation is going to require a special machine that you’ll likely need to rent.

Roof Insulation

For insulation under your roof, we recommend using multi-layer reflective insulation. That might sound complicated, but we assure you it’s quite simple and is extremely beneficial for efficiently heating or cooling your home.

During summer months, the sun’s radiant energy heats your roof shingles, which then transfers that heat into your attic through conduction. Your attic then becomes much hotter and stuffy, and the heat travels down into the rest of your home, making the entire house hot. During the winter, it has the opposite effect, as the heat generated by your heaters escape through the attic walls.

Multi-layer reflective insulation addresses this issue by reflecting radiant heat rather than letting your attic absorb it. Thus, radiant heat can’t get through your attic roof and walls as easily, allowing your attic and the rest of your home to be better air-conditioned. During the winter, the heat generated from inside will also be reflected back into the attic and home, making your home that much warmer.

Depending on where you live, an average summer in Delaware typically brings residents about 13 to 15 days of 90+ degree weather in the summer, while winter temperatures register 40 to 26 degree averages. Suffice to say, having multi-layer reflective insulation in your attic will allow your house to be more energy-efficient, and save a considerable amount on your electricity bill.

Knowing which materials to use is a key step in the process. The subsequent component deals with just how much attic insulation you’re going to need for your Delaware home.

How much attic insulation do you need in Delaware?

To determine how much insulation you’re going to need, measure the length times the width of the attic or whichever space you’re trying to insulate to get the square footage. For blown-in insulation, reference the back of the package to determine the proper height to get the correct R-value for your project.

The R-value is a measurement of thermal resistance, or how much the insulation can properly resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation will be in keeping warm air in or out of your attic.

Depending on where you are in the United States, the R-value that you’ll need is going to differ due to varying climate conditions. In fact, there are 8 different climate zones designated by the U.S. Department of Energy that has different R-value recommendations for attics, basements, and other walls. Delaware, however, is entirely situated in one climate zone.

Delaware Attic Insulation - R-Value Map

All three counties – Kent, New Castle, and Sussex – reside in Climate Zone 4. Which has a ceiling R-value of 49 and a floor R-value of 19.

The R-value will also depend on whether or not there is already insulation installed in your attic prior to the procedure. Typically, attics without any prior insulation is going to require higher R-values for better insulation.

Thus, square footage and R-values are important determinants of how much insulation you’re going to need for your attic. If you’re unsure about exactly how much insulation you’re going to need, there are R-value calculators online, or you can call a contractor for an accurate quote.

How much does attic insulation cost in Delaware?

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Once you’ve figured out what insulation you need and how much needs to be installed, you’re on your way to contacting a contractor and starting the process. But before you do so, it’s important to understand the costs involved with attic insulation. 

Generally speaking, attic insulation can cost anywhere from $1,700 to $2,100, or between $1.50 to $3.50 per foot, depending on the material you choose and how much space you need to cover. As we noted earlier, blown-in insulation is the cheapest option. However, contractors often charge around $70 an hour, and in some cases, you might need to hire an electrician to make sure you aren’t disrupting any junction boxes or cables when insulating the attic. Electricians charge up to $85 an hour. 

For Delaware homes, the cost of insulating your attic doesn’t necessarily vary a whole lot, but it’s still important to research average costs depending on where you live. Every house is going to be different, and every city or county is going to have different code regulations. Make sure you check your local building codes for not only R-values but also vapor barrier requirements. 

For example, homeowners in Wilmington paid on average $1,450 for attic insulation. Compare that to a city in another area, say Smyrna which has an average cost of about $1,544. 

Manta’s database estimates attic insulation costs based on each city in Delaware, making it a reliable tool for determining your budget. Even Manta, however, recognizes that their estimates do not include things like permit costs, inspection fees, and labor fees, as that often varies depending on location and contractor rates. 

Before contacting a professional to start applying insulation, ask yourself these questions about attic-dependent work outside of insulation: 

  • Is everything in your attic air sealed? Do you need to fix your ductwork to prevent moisture buildup?
  • Does your attic have good ventilation? Does everything that’s ventilating into the attic have a way out of it?
  • Is there any mold in your attic? Have you contracted someone to come remove said mold?

If you have all of these bases covered, your attic insulation budget will be far more accurate. Contractors will also have an easier time getting your attic checked and insulated if you’ve taken care of the listed components.

How to hire a Delaware attic insulation contractor

Once you’ve figured out your attic insulation cost, what types of insulation you need, and how much of it that’s needed, it’s most likely time to find the contractor who can handle the process.

An insulation contractor will be able to properly inspect your attic and decide the necessary steps to take for updating your home’s insulation. You can consult with contractors about what type of insulation to use, R-values, and many of the other components we discussed earlier.

But choosing the right contractor is going to make or break the process, and it can be difficult to choose between tens of dozens of professionals who claim that they’re the best in the business. We’ve identified a few things to keep in mind when hiring an attic insulation contractor.

First and foremost, pick someone who is thorough and transparent about your attic. If your contractor comes by your house for an inspection, and they perform various diagnostic tests and look through every corner of your attic, that’s an indication of their experience and reliability. Beware of contractors who take a quick peek in your attic and simply suggest putting in a few inches of insulation. A good contractor should initiate conversations about your attic’s insulation and ventilation issues, and provide detailed steps on how to move forward.

But don’t base your decision on just a single interaction with the contractor. Go online and look through their services and offers. If they provide things like lifetime warranties, that means a contractor is not only confident in their work, they’re willing to follow up on their services to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Check their online reviews as well to see what others are saying about a contractor. If reviews are generally positive, that’s a sign of a reliable contractor.

Attic insulation is anything but simple, but Delaware homeowners will greatly benefit from doing the proper research and spending their money on the right services and products. A properly insulated attic translates into a much more comfortable and energy-efficient home.