The amount of insulation that is in your home is one of the more important factors for determining whether the home's interior will be comfortable and energy efficient. Yet, many homes are built with inadequate insulation, which can result in you needing to add more. If this is a home upgrade that you are considering making, it is important for you to be informed about this type of upgrade before committing to undertake it.
How Can A Homeowner Know If They Should Have Additional Insulation Installed?
Many homeowners assume that they will only need to have additional insulation added if they are noticing breezes or drafts in their homes. While this can indicate a need for additional insulation, there can be other, more subtle warning signs that this work is needed. For example, if your home's pipes routinely freeze during the winter, the pipes could be wrapped with insulation to prevent the water in them from getting cold enough to freeze.
In instances where the attic could benefit from more insulation, you may notice that your roof develops ice dams throughout the winter. These dams form because hot air from the attic is able to escape through small gaps and holes in the roof. When this occurs, ice and snow on the roof that is near the draft will start to melt, but the liquid water that is produced from this melting will freeze as it moves away from the source of the heat. Increasing the insulation in your attic can help to stop these drafts so that ice dams do not form.
Will Your Home Need Major Modifications To Have More Insulation Added?
Homeowners that could benefit from having additional insulation installed may avoid committing to this upgrade as they may assume the home will need major modification for this work to be completed. For example, it can be easy for homeowners to be under the impression that large sections of their walls will need to be removed so that the insulation can be put into place.
However, it is possible to avoid this need by choosing to have foam insulation installed. This type of insulation can be installed by simply drilling a small hole in the wall so that the injector can be inserted into it. As the spray foam is injected behind the wall, it will expand to fill any space that is available. Depending on the size of the area that is needing additional insulation, there may need to be several holes made in the walls, but these are small enough that they can be easily patched.
For more information, contact local professionals like Parsons Construction Group.