Attic Ceiling Insulation

Today the best investment any homeowner can make is one that will help him save money. When my husband and I sat down and looked at our monthly bills we realized that the one bill we could change was the bill for our electric. We had read that with proper insulation we could save up to 30%. That was where we decided to start.

The attic ceiling insulation was the first insulation we investigated. We learned there are many different types of insulation and lots of differences in prices too. There is the readily recognizable Owens Corning insulation, mineral wool insulation, styrofoam insulation and cellular glass insulation. We looked into residential foam insulation too.

We live in an older home so our old attic insulation had settled over time and had been torn up by rodents. We had been thinking about finishing the attic so we wanted to keep a potential remodel when installing attic insulation.

We knew that we could definitely save money putting the attic ceiling insulation in ourselves, if we chose the appropriate kind. Owens Corning fiberglass batt insulation would be simple to install. Residential foam insulation would probably take a professional. Over spraying of foam insulation is a waste as excess is cut away and discarded. Also, professional foam insulation installers have the proper clothing and safety equipment for the job.

We looked into foam and foam board insulation. We read that it has a very high R-value compared to other types of insulation. The higher the R-value the better the insulation. When we are installing attic insulation if we use foam board insulation it has an R-value of 4 to 8 depending on the thickness. We learned that polyurethane and polyisocyanurate are two attic blown in insulation types we could use. Most people suggest the blow in foam insulation over boards as the foam adheres to and fills in all surfaces. These blow in foams have an R-value of 7 per inch used.

We also learned that attic ceiling insulation needs to breath. The roof is where excess moisture in your home evaporates. The last thing you want to do is trap moisture in the roof where it can cause damage to the roof and wood frame. When installing ceiling insulation use polyisocyanurate which actually breathes.

If you're considering having attic ceiling insulation installed in your home try to get the recommendations from friends and family of local trustworthy installers. Do your homework. There is a wealth of information online about insulation. You can read about Owens Corning insulation, styrofoam insulation, armaflex insulation, mineral wool insulation and attic blown in insulation. The right choice is crucial to help save your hard earned money.