Most homeowners think about insulation when cold is about to set in or when they get their first heating bill of the season. However, insulation impacts your home in all seasons, through heat, cold and in-between. If you own a home built prior to 1978, you’re more likely to need insulation unless a previous owner made upgrades. Insulation and home improvement just go together.
If you’re wondering what type of insulation you have, we have a few tips for you before calling the professionals for estimates.
- Vermiculite Insulation – Vermiculite was one of the earliest substances used for insulation. In fact, you can still buy it at garden stores. Unfortunately most of the vermiculite put in houses between 1919 and 1990 came from a Montana mine that shared space with asbestos. The EPA has said asbestos puts you at risk for lung diseases such as cancer and mesothelioma. If you venture into the attic and find something that looks like the photo, it’s best to stop storing boxes in the attic and call the professionals.
- Fiberglass Batting – This is prevalent in a lot of homes. It’s basically finely spun glass fibers, rolled out as batting in your attic or walls. It has a fluffy quality that traps air, which means you don’t want to put a lot of heavy boxes or other items on top of it or it will lose effectiveness. This is still a very popular type of insulation. If you decide to handle this on your own, wear protective gear. If slivers of glass break loose, they can irritate your skin.
- Mineral Wool – If you have a home built before the second world war, you might have still have this type of insulation. It’s molten rock spun into fibers to form batts or blankets to use as insulation. Like fiberglass, handle with care to avoid irritating your skin. Today, manufacturers mix it with other types of insulation such as fiberglass.
Energy Priorities Improve Insulation Home Improvement Options
As Americans became more concerned with energy conservation, other insulation alternatives took the lead including “blown-in” insulation. Liquid polyurethane foam remains popular, but let the professionals do it. Newer, greener insulation options include soy-based spray insulation.
Whatever your home situation, the upcoming change of seasons is a good time to make sure your insulation is intact and helping you keep utility bills in check.
- Do You Need Insulation Installed in Your Home or Business?
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