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When Does Attic Insulation Need to Be Replaced?

Do you know how much attic insulation is enough? Attic insulation lasts for years if installed to specific guidelines, but there will come a time when you need to replace it. So, when does attic insulation need replacing?

Many factors go into deciding this. If there is damage, it's no longer working, or you're doing renovations and want to upgrade, it's time for a replacement. We'll help you figure out your insulation options so you can make the best decision for your home.

If you notice any of the following, it's time to call in a professional.

Common Attic Insulation Problems

Check the level of attic insulation. The recommended level of attic insulation is between R-30 and R-60. If your insulation is below this level, it's time for an upgrade.

Look for signs of damage. If your insulation is wet, damaged, or shows signs of disturbance, it needs replacing. Check for insects or rodents.

If you see any signs of insects or rodents, they may have made their way into your insulation and be nesting there. This is not only a health hazard, but it can also damage your insulation.

Finally, take a look at your energy bills. If you've noticed a sudden increase in your energy bills, it could be due to your attic insulation.

Types of Attic Insulation

There are several different types of insulation, and the type you choose will depend on your needs.

The most common type of insulation is fibreglass. Fibreglass is made from recycled glass and is available in rolls or batts. It's easy to install and is one of the most cost-effective options.

Another option is cellulose insulation. Cellulose is made from recycled paper products and is treated to resist fire, mould, and insects. It's also environmentally friendly and easy to install.

If you're looking for an eco-friendly option, consider wool insulation. Wool insulation is made from recycled wool and is a sustainable option. It's also fire-resistant and has good soundproofing properties.

Insulation Methods

The two options are drill and fill insulation and blown insulation. At Durham Insulation, we use both because they are the most effective ways to insulate your home, depending on your needs.

Blown insulation uses a machine to blow insulation into your attic. The advantage of this method is that it gets into all the nooks and crannies of your attic.

Filled insulation lays insulation in your attic. The advantage of this method is that it's less expensive than blown insulation. Both methods have their advantages, but the most important thing is that you have insulation in your attic.

Other Factors that Affect An Insulated Attic

The age of your insulation also plays a role. If it's been more than 10 years since you've had any type of insulation installation in your attic, it's time for an upgrade. The same goes for if it's been more than 5 years since you've had any major renovations done that would need the removal of insulation.

If you've noticed a decrease in the performance of your attic insulation, it is time for a replacement. This can be due to many factors, such as age, damage, or settling.

Settling occurs when the insulation gets compressed over time. This happens if there is too much weight on top of it, such as from stored boxes or other items.

Get Home Insulation Today

If your attic insulation is more than 10 years old, it's' time for a replacement. Not only will this improve the comfort of your home and save you money on energy costs, but it increases the value of your property.

Durham Insulation offers a wide range of services to help you get the most out of your insulation. We offer installation, removal, prevention services, fire restoration, and ice damming. Schedule an inspection today to learn more about how we can help you achieve optimum comfort in your home.


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