Installing Home Insulation: A Handy How-To
When it comes to Installing Home Insulation most people will turn to the assistance of professionals – such as those at Home Snuggers – to install it for them. Installing insulation can be a messy and time-consuming process, but it’s not an impossible undertaking by any means.
If you’re feeling intrepid and have decided to attempt to insulate or re-insulate a part of your home on your own, then Home Snuggers wants to help. Check out this handy walkthrough on insulation installation for a brief how-to and some simple tips and trips to help you do the job right.
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Know Your Insulation
There are two primary types of insulation: batt insulation and roll insulation. Batt insulation comes in precut strips in a wide variety of sizes and R-values. Batt insulation is normally used on exterior walls, high ceilings, and other areas where the size of roll insulation might make it difficult to apply.
Roll insulation is exactly what it sounds like, a long roll of insulation that can be used anywhere. However, the size and sheer amount of roll insulation makes it more suitable for large open spaces such as attics and crawl spaces.
Installing the Insulation: 10 Simple Steps
For the sake of brevity we are only going to discuss how to install roll insulation in this article. Though it is different, many of these same steps also apply to installing batt insulation.
Step 1: Cut open the insulation bag. The insulation will quickly expand when the bag is sliced, so ensure you have enough room to manage the roll.
Step 2: Rolls must be measured and cut to fit perfectly into wall cavities. Cut insulation about an inch wider than the space it is intended to fill. Remember – measure twice, cut once.
Step 3: Gently press the insulation into its intended position and then carefully fluff it up to its full height. This ensures the maximum r-value for the insulation.
Step 4: If your insulation is faced, be sure that the facing is pointed into the conditioned interior space, unless building codes demand otherwise.
Step 5: Allow friction to hold the insulation in place. If you’d rather, you can staple the insulation into place, but be careful not to compress the facing as this can hinder the insulation’s effectiveness.
Step 6: If installing roll insulation in an attic or other open space, simply roll out the insulation into place. Wherever rolls touch, be sure that they fit snugly together.
Step 7: Double check to make sure the insulation is fitting snugly and is not compressed. That’s it, you’re done!
This process looks simple on paper, but it can be rather time-consuming and quite difficult depending on the are being insulated. If you have any questions, or would like a free consultation, please call the pros at Home Snuggers!
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