The recommended R-value in an un-insulated attic is R-49 – R-60. The “R” in R-value simply means Resistance Value. The higher the resistance value, the higher resistance to heat flow levels. Thicker insulation does not necessarily mean it has a higher R-value. Actually some are thicker than others, but if they hold the same R-value they will both insulate your home equally.
Blanket Insulation deters heat from flowing to cooler spaces. Not only does it keep your home warmer in the winter, but it keeps it cooler in the summer months as well. Blanket Insulation acts as a thermal blanket, protecting your home from the amount of heat coming in and out, saving you money. Inadequate insulation can lead to ice dams.
Proper Attic Ventilation is just as critical in any home as insulation. Poor air flow through attic spaces can result in excessive heat and moisture build-up. Over time, trapped heat and moisture can literally destroy a roof from within. It can also cause Ice Dams.
With over 50 years of experience, you can be certain the job will be done properly avoiding these critical issues. Call Craftsman Custom Design today to schedule an in-home consultation at (585)820-3135.
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The Department of Energy recommends R-38 to R- 49 (equivalent to about 15 – 20 inches of fiber glass). Do I Need Insulation? High heating bills, drafty rooms and ice dams could be a sign that your home needs Insulation. Give us a call or email and we will come to your home to assess your insulation needs. We will complete a thorough inspection of your walls and attic insulation and make recommendations for needed improvements.
Common Signs of Inadequate Insulation: Do you have Ice Dams, Icicles, roof “hot spots”, high heating bills, high cooling bills or drafty walls? Does your furnace seems to run too much in the winter, and your air conditioning runs constantly all summer long? IF you answered YES to any of the above questions there is good chance your Insulation levels are inadequate. Re-Insulating your home is one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and maximize your energy dollars.
The Ins and Outs of Insulation; Did you know that the average family spends close to $1,500 a year on their home’s utility bills? Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted through Poor Insulation. Checking your home’s Insulation system is one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to Reduce Energy Costs and maximize your energy dollars. You probably should insulate if you have an older home and haven’t added Insulation.
In a recent survey, between 15 – 20% of homes built before 1980 were well insulated. These homes are uncommonly cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Adding Insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort. You should insulate when you build a new house orAddition, install new Siding or Roofing, pay excessive energy bills and/or are concerned about the effect of energy use on the environment.