It is in your best interest to keep your home in good shape and fixing issues right away. This is because it will be better for your bank account to fix one issue at a time than multiple at once. Another good way to make sure that your home is in good shape is by doing yearly inspections to fix any issues for the colder months of winter. Insulation helps your home stay warm during the winter months and keeps it cold when you have your AC on. But when should you replace your insulation?
Types of Insulation
There is a wide variety of types of attic insulation that will last you different amounts of time. Some can last you your whole life while others last 10 to 20 years.
Spray Foam is extremely durable, reliable, and lasts you your whole life. This type of insulation is mold resistant and does not hold moisture, meaning that it will stay put for a long time. In this case, the only time people have to replace their insulation is in the event of inclement weather, bugs, or construction.
Fiberglass Insulation is a great choice if you are on a budget. This insulation can last you 80 to 100 years. But the insulation can start falling from fiberglass batts after 15 years of installation, meaning that you need to inspect your fiberglass insulation every 15 to 20 years to make sure that it is still in good condition.
Cellulose Insulation is an eco-friendly option that blocks air better than other insulation options. However, this type of insulation decays quickly and can last 20 to 30 years, but some degradation can begin in the 15-year mark as well.
Mineral Wool Insulation is quite durable, but the lifespan will vary depending on the product used. This type of insulation can last you a couple of decades.
If you are not sure whether your insulation needs replacement, there are some warning signs that can help you be sure that you need it to be replaced. Because insulation helps your home stay warm during the winter months, if you feel as if the temperature in your home is uneven or your home is drafty, it could be due to the insulation. If your insulation is not working properly, you often see a spike in your energy bill or you will struggle to get the house to be at a comfortable temperature.
Other warning signs are if people in your home are often suffering from allergies or feeling ill, which could be due to mold and bacteria growing in the insulation. Additionally, you might need to replace your insulation if you have to deal with leaks and condensation problems often. If you go up to your attic and your insulation appears to be wet, thin or falling, you definitely need to change it.
Contact Professionals for Your Insulation in Ottawa
If you identify any of the warning signs in your attic insulation, you most likely need it to be replaced. Ottawa Insulation’s team of experts can inspect your home, take care of any roof, pests, and ventilation problems. If you think you need to replace your attic insulation or need an inspection, contact us for a quote.