The Importance of Attic Insulation
Wintertime in Iowa can be brutally cold, and the summertime often brings extremely hot temperatures. An insulated attic will prevent draftiness, giving you a more comfortable home overall. Insulating your attic will also lower heating and cooling costs to save you 10-50% on your HVAC bill.
When compared to traditional insulation methods such as fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation offers a great many advantages.
Spray foam insulation expands 100x it’s original size to fill cracks and gaps and create a completely airtight seal. Traditional types of insulation on their own cannot do this. Spray foam insulation completely protects your home from outside weather, while fiberglass and cellulose allow the air to pass through, contributing to high energy bills. Lastly, spray foam insulation is designed to meet the latest building codes and last as long as your home, which is not the case with other types of insulation.
Attic Insulation Options for your Iowa Home
There are generally two ways that attic insulation is done with spray foam. The first way is applying spray foam in a vented attic space. In this method, the spray foam is actually applied to the floor of the attic. This separates the attic from ceiling of the home, ensuring that cold air from outside does not make it all the way to the living areas. This method allows the home to be insulated while keeping the attic well ventilated.
The other method is used in non-vented attics. In this procedure, the spray foam is applied to the interior of the roof inside the attic – around rim, between joists, into soffit spaces. Using this method will seal air out of the attic and can also help prevent leaks in the attic from causing problems throughout the home.
Some of the advantages to using spray foam for your attic insulation needs include:
- More Efficient Home: When it is well-insulated, the space you live in will be much easier to heat and cool, lowering energy bills considerably.
- More Comfortable Living Space: Since it is much easier to regulate the temperature in your home, the overall comfort of your home will increase.
- Noise Control: Insulating your attic can help to reduce the noise from wind and other weather conditions outside.
- Vapor Barrier: Some types of spray foam help to protect your home from moisture by providing a kind of vapor barrier.
If you want to insulate the attic in your home, contact the professionals at Iowa Spray Foam Insulators as soon as possible. We will help you pick the insulation that is right for your attic and complete the job efficiently.