Insulating Your Attic

How to Insulate Your Attic

When you’re ready to try your hand at DIY projects, start with insulating your attic. It can be a chore, but not impossible. This three-step guide will help you successfully insulate your attic and reap the benefits.

Three Steps

  1. Choose the right insulation
  2. Lay fiberglass rolls
  3. Create barriers

Choosing the Right Insulation

The two types of insulation are loose fill and batt, however, batt is the easiest to use for DIY attic insulation. Loose fill insulation can be used, but it will be more difficult to use for insulation than batt.

Laying Fiberglass Rolls

The tops of joists should be covered to ensure heat and air do not escape or enter the attic. When you’re laying fiberglass rolls, look for insulation between rafters. If you have them, you’ll want to install the second layer of fiberglass perpendicular to the first fiberglass layer you laid, making sure the second layer has no vapor retardant and unfaced.

Create Your Barriers

Creating barriers is difficult to do without the help of wire mesh or sheet metal. These items will help you create strong, sturdy barriers around items, including vents and fixtures. Before you begin your insulation project, check the fixture you will be using for IC (insulation contact) designation. Fixtures that have this designation do not require barriers.

Benefits of Attic Insulation:

Home Energy Efficiency

You can lower your utility bills by insulating your attic. When heat and cold air is not escaping from the attic, you save a lot of money and your house is not overhauling itself trying to keep the entire house at a steady temperature.

Multiple Uses of Attic Space

When you insulate your attic, it can be used as an additional room instead of plain storage space. A properly insulated attic remains at a comfortable temperature instead of unbearable hot in the summer and freezing during winter.

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