Ottawa Insulation Services provides a number of ways to insulate your attic’s from basic insulation services such as insulation installation, all the way up to complete insulation removal, hybrid service packages, and removing asbestos insulation. Our professional insulation contractors in Ottawa will take the time to evaluate your home and property to determine what your insulation needs are, how much insulation you actually need, and which removal services are right for you.
They will discuss what their fees will be, and what methods of insulation removal they recommend. You may find that some insulation removal options may seem less expensive, but they may not be the best option for your situation or your home. Our professionals are also trained in removing insulation from attics and ductwork as well as framing walls and ceilings, so they can provide comprehensive insulation removal services to all areas of your home.
A Few Facts About Attic Insulation
Any discussion about proper attic insulation has to start with an understanding of R Value, the measurement used to determine the amount of radiant energy that will pass through a material and be absorbed. R-value is a measure of a material’s ability to resist the passage of thermal energy. There are four primary materials considered in measuring R-values, the most common being insulation foam. The type of material determines the level of resistance that a material can provide against thermal energy. The material’s R-value is usually affected by the following four variables:
Type of material (R-value) R values are usually expressed as per square foot. If you have radiant heat insulation installed in your attic you should use a material with a high R-value. You can obtain this information on a manufacturer’s website for each product. A high R-value means that more of the heat that passes through a material is absorbed than is lost. For attic insulation the heat loss is always greater than the heat gained so the material selected has to have a high R-value.
Type of Installation
Other factors that affect attic insulation R value include the type of installation, any existing windows or doors and whether or not flashing is involved. It is important to remember that if flashing is involved then it is usually necessary to remove the existing insulation to allow for the installation of new radiant heat insulation. Flashing is also more expensive than standard insulation because it is thicker. Another factor that affects the R value of an attic insulation product is the number of seams and areas that need to be insulated.
If you are using fiberglass attic insulation, then there are a couple of other issues to consider. The first is that this type of roofing is prone to leaking which will increase moisture in the attic. Secondly, if the base of your attic floor is not reinforced properly then it could cause the leakage of moisture that could lead to mold and mildew occurring within the attic space.
There are also a couple of other benefits that attic insulation prevents that you should know about. One of these is that it keeps your home cooler by lowering the temperature inside of the attic. If there is any moisture in the attic, the result is often a hot, stuffy, damp attic that can contribute to the formation of mold and mildew. Also, attic insulation helps to keep out unwanted smells in the attic because the attic will generally stay dry because the moisture won’t evaporate into the air. The end result of this is that attic insulation prevents health problems such as asthma attacks and other respiratory conditions that are associated with living in a home that is either insulated or insulated poorly.
If you’d like to learn more about attic insulation in Ottawa, contact our team today.