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  • Insulation Removal at Toyota offices Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
  • Attic Cleaning at AAA offices Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
  • Attic Cleaning at State Farm offices Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
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  • Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
  • Attic Cleaning and Insulation Removal for Caltrans offices Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
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  • Bird droppings cleanup in parking deck Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
  • Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation

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Small Space Attic Cleaning - San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Attic Debris Cleanup - Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
February 10, 2016 Attic Guys
Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions…

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September 16, 2015 Attic Guys
The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Most people know, as homeowners, that they should probably insulate their attic, but what are…

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Attic Condensation
May 1, 2014 Logan A
Causes and Solutions For Attic Condensation

Condensation in the attic is a serious problem that must be addressed by homeowners. If…

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation

Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions will determine how effective the insulation will be in keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. One of the most important things that you’ll need to do is decide which of the different types of insulation is appropriate. The most common options are blown-in insulation, batts, and rolls. Although professional contractors like Attic Guys will aid you in making this decision, we also feel that it is important for you to understand these insulation types and what makes them different. Whether the insulation is for a commercial building or your home, knowing the differences in blown-in insulation vs. batts and rolled insulation is crucial to determining which best meets your particular needs.

Blankets (Batts)

Blankets are a type of insulation that is most commonly referred to as rolls or batts. This is flexible insulation that is meant for use in areas with standard spacing and relatively easy access. The standard spacing refers to the spacing of joists and wall studs, for which the rolls and batts are made wide enough to match. Batts and rolls may also be used in non-standard spaces; however, they will require cutting to fit properly. They are available in standard, medium, and high density and are made of fiberglass, rock wool, and other mineral or natural fibers. Some blankets come with a vapor barrier in the form of a foil or paper facing. When comparing blown insulation vs. rolled and batts, it is important to note that no special equipment is necessary with blanket-type insulation, but it is often difficult to fit in non-standard or irregularly shaped areas.

Blown-In Insulation

The first difference in blown-in vs. batt insulation is that it is a form of loose-fill insulation as opposed to a flexible blanket. It is sold in bags and made of materials that are of varying degrees of recycled. This includes loose-fill fiberglass, which is made of 30 percent glass, mineral wool, which is 75 percent recycled content, and cellulose, which is made of recycled newspapers. Of these, cellulose has a better R-rating and is not as expensive as fiberglass. When comparing blown insulation vs. rolled and batts, you’ll want to make notice of the fact that it requires the use of a blowing machine. As expert installers of insulation, we are experienced with handling this machine and can install blown-in insulation quickly and efficiently. Because it is blown into a space, it is ideal for spaces that are irregular in shape and size and in areas that have low ceilings or may otherwise be difficult to access or move around in due to obstacles or obstructions.

The Difference in R-Values

When comparing blown-in insulation vs. batts, you must also examine the R-values. While the manufacturer will state the actual R-value of the insulation that you use, according to the Department of Energy, you can expect an R-value range between 2.9 and 3.8 per inch of thickness for standard fiberglass batts and between 3.7 and 4.3 for high-performance fiberglass batts. With blown-in insulation, you can expect an R-value of 2.2 to 2.7 per inch for fiberglass and between 3.2 and 3.8 per inch of cellulose. If you have questions about blown-in vs. batt insulation or about insulation removal and/or installation for your home or building, we’re here to help. Contact us either by filling out our online form or by calling us for a free estimate today!

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Water Intrusion Through Attic Ventilation Systems

Attic ventilation is important for several different reasons. It helps regulate roof temperatures (which prolongs the life of the roof), reduces the chance of ice dams forming, and it allows the moist, humid air from inside the home to escape. When roofs and attics are completely blocked off with no ventilation, the humid air will build up inside the home, leading to the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.

The Threat of Water Damage

But there’s a downside to attic ventilation: the possibility of water entering the attic and damaging the home. Severe rainstorms and hurricanes can drive water through the attic ventilation where it damages the surrounding insulation, carpet, wooden floors, beams and structures, and pretty much anything else it comes into contact with. Damage such as this can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair, and depending on your policy, standard homeowner’s insurance may not cover it.

Does this mean you should close off ventilation systems in your attic to protect your home against moisture damage? Not necessarily, but you should remain conscious of where the vents are located. When a severe storm rolls through, check the ventilation systems to ensure they are dry and not allowing water to enter the attic. Even small amounts of water entering through the vents is a troubling sign that must be addressed.

Common Types of Attic Ventilation

  • Softit vents
  • Ridge vents
  • Gable vents
  • Off-ridge vents
  • Turbines

If your attic features softit vents, perform a visual inspection around your home to check for signs of damage. Typically, softits are constructed out of plywood or hardwood materials. While these materials are effective at securing them in place, they can also break or even rot when exposed to the moisture. Allowing a rotted softit to remain on the exterior of your home is just asking for trouble, as water can easily blow through it and into the attic.

Don’t assume that storms are the only time for water to enter attic ventilation systems. Winter frost can accumulate on and around the roof, dripping into the vents as it melts. Snow, ice and frost can buildup in cracks and crevices along the roof, and once the sun comes out, it begins to melt and drip through the attic ventilation systems.

Have you experienced water entering your attic through ventilation systems? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Everything You Need To Know About R-Value

If you’ve done any shopping for new home insulation, you’ve probably seen the term “R-value” tossed around. Insulation with a higher R-value is said to offer a higher level of thermal resistant, which translates into a more energy-efficient home. But what exactly does R-value measure? And what’s a suitable R-value to use inside your home? To learn the answers to these questions and more, keep reading.

R-Value Measures Heat Flow?

In the most basic sense, R-value is the measurement of heat through a particular material. The greater the resistance, the higher the R-value. Insulation is oftentimes made with items items like glass, sand and cellulose material, all of which are highly effective at blocking the flow of heat. Of course, the downside to using fiberglass insulation is the irritation is causes to the skin and respiratory system (gear up in goggles, a dust mask and gloves before handling fiberglass insulation).

Unfortunately, the R-value method of thinking oftentimes leads homeowners down the wrong path. If you wish to create an energy-efficient home, you have to look at other elements in addition to the R-value of your insulation.

Why R-Value Doesn’t Always Work

The reason why a high R-value doesn’t always translate into an energy-efficient home is because there are oftentimes small (or large) gaps between the insulation. If there’s a crack of gap between two pieces of insulation, the warm air will funnel right through it, resulting in a loss of thermal energy.

Now don’t get me wrong, R-value is an excellent indicator of thermal resistance with insulation, but you must close off all gaps and holes in order for it to work. Randomly tossing some rolls of high R-value insulation throughout the attic without securing it to the floor and covering gaps isn’t going to offer much help.

What R-Value Insulation Does My Home Need?

There’s really no easy answer to this question, as it depends on a variety of factors. However, you can check out the table published at EnergyStar.gov for a breakdown of the recommended R-value based on region. For instance, it recommends insulation with an R-value of 30-60 for most parts of Florida, whereas R-value 49-60 is recommended in Montana.

EnergyStar.gov recommends homeowners in the northern states use a higher R-value insulation to prevent warm air from escaping during the cold winter months.

Did we miss anything on the topic of R-value? Let us know in the comments section below!

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