Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Home Insulation
Are you concerned about your home’s insulation not working properly? It may be in need of an upgrade or replacement. It may have become too old and could be affecting your indoor air quality and not providing protection against outdoor temperatures.
It is highly recommended that you have your home insulation installed or upgraded by the professionals. It is not a simple DIY project that can be done by anyone. Here are some of the common mistakes which are often seen across all types of home insulation projects.
Poor Installed Vapor Barrier
It requires some advanced knowledge and skills to install a vapor barrier. It is too intricate a job for the inexperienced, and you could end up doing more damage than any good if it is not done properly. Installing the insulation the wrong way could also mean having to redo the work again from the beginning.
If the vapor barrier is not installed properly, it could trap moisture and even cause damage to your home. It could degrade the insulation material, rendering it useful and may even affect your building’s structure.
This is a common mistake seen at the hands of DIY enthusiasts. Many times the batts are installed in a way that you cannot get the optimal R-value out of them. Often there is no contact with the sheet rock. It could also cause a thermal by-pass because the hot/cold air can move around the insulation.
Un-insulated Attic Walkways & Platforms
Larger homes and other builders will have attic walkways and platforms. They are designed to allow you to move around and access the air handling systems. Many times these platforms are left un-insulated underneath. And this can result in thermal defect, causing loss of heat.
Gaps in the Attic
It is easy for amateur insulation enthusiasts to leave gaps in their attic insulation and other areas. Make sure to seal all such gaps using caulk, or else use spray foam for thorough and even installation.
Un-insulated Attic Doors – It is often seen that homeowners leave their attic doors un-insulated. If it is so in your home, it is recommended to get the professionals to insulate it properly. You could yourself place some insulation against the door and cover the edges using weather stripping.
It is also recommended to be generous when it comes to adding the amount of insulation material. It will help improve the regulation of temperature even in the harshest of conditions.
Low R-Value Materials
This is another mistake often committed during DIY projects. It is recommended to leave a home insulation project to the experts. Make sure to choose a material that has the highest possible R-value. The higher it is, the better it will be – not only for comfort, but also in the long term. Even if its R-value decreases over the years, you will not have to replace or upgraded it for many years.
So keep these mistakes in mind when installing or upgrading your home insulation. It will be best to have it installed by experienced professionals to save your time, effort and money.