When you are looking at insulation for your Miami home, there can be tons of questions that you may have. It can be hard to know which contractor to use, what type of insulation to get, or if your home even needs the added thermal protection. We have created a list of a few of the most common insulation questions and answers for them to make the process of shopping for insulation easier.
What Parts of My House Should Have Insulation?
Typically, houses have insulation throughout their entirety. Attics, walls, and crawlspaces all need the added thermal protection that insulation can provide. Most homes have the largest amount of heat transfer through their roof. This means that one of the most essential places for a Miami home to have insulation is in the attic.
What Does R-Value Mean?
The R stands for resistance, and it represents a resistance to heat flow. The larger the R-Value, the better the material is at insulating an area. The temperatures where you live and the kind of thermal resistance you need will determine the necessary R-Value of your insulation.
How Do I Know How Much Insulation My Home Will Need?
The total amount of new insulation needed for your home depends on the type of insulation that is used such as batt, blow-in, or spray foam, as well as the R-Value that your home needs to stay energy efficient. Be sure that you factor in the size of the area you need to insulate.
How Can I Tell How Much Insulation I Already Have?
That depends on the type of insulation you have. If your insulation is blown-in insulation, you can actually use a ruler to measure the amount in your attic or crawl space. If you have 10 inches or less, you should consider getting more added to what you have. If you are unfamiliar with your attic or insulated space, please call a contractor to do an insulation inspection for you.
If I Need to Add New Insulation Will I Need to Have the Old Insulation Removed?
There are a few situations where old insulation must be removed, and those are listed below.
- If any of the insulation has been water damaged
- If pests have destroyed any of the insulation
- If any of the insulation is showing deterioration from age
Typically, you can add new insulation to good existing insulation. Talk to an insulation contractor today to see if you can add new insulation to that which your home already has.