Save Valuable Energy With DIY Attic Project
With ever increasing energy costs and parts of the country seeing some extreme weather conditions in recent years it is no surprise that more and more people are looking to reduce their bills and live in a more environmentally friendly way. For a long time insulating projects were very costly and would generally require the expertise of a professional installer. However, with advances in materials DIY attic insulation jobs are now quite simple and straightforward.
The attic space of any building is probably one of the easiest and cheapest areas for temperature insulating materials to be installed. While windows and doors are commonly where most temperature exchange takes place, it can be very expensive, time consuming and disruptive to replace old inefficient windows. With improved levels of attic thermal barriers you can improve your energy footprint and the general comfort level quite significantly.
Blown Insulating Material
The great thing about blown materials is that you can quite easily get a very even spread of the material even into the smallest corners of your attic. Mostly made of fiberglass or eco-friendly cellulose or other recycled material, it is fed into a blowing machine and then pumped through a hose. All you need to do is point the hose in the direction you want the material to go. It really couldn’t be simpler from a DIY perspective.
What you need to do first though is calculate how much insulation you want to achieve a certain R-value and then work out how many bags of material you will need. Blowing machines can be rented from places like HomeDepot and with the help of one extra person you can have your attic insulated in less than a day.
This type of insulation is practical and relatively easy to apply as well, but it does require a bit more manual labor. Mostly made of fiberglass these rolls come in varying widths and lengths. Your job involves cutting the rolls so that they fit between attic joists and this is where the job does become a bit more time consuming. Especially around difficult to reach areas of your attic it can be quite complicated to get the material tightly installed. However, it can end up costing you less as you do not need to buy or hire insulation blowing equipment.
Another easy way of DIY attic insulation is to use foil backed insulators. Essentially this material is supplied with a foam or fiberglass center and a heat repelling foil on each side. Similar to the above rolls you will be required to cut these to size. As the insulator comes in a more rigid form it does make it a little bit easier to apply in certain areas, but it is definitely not as good as the above two solutions.
DIY attic projects really has become quite easy and even someone with very limited home improvement skills will be able to take on such a project with a little bit of planning and calculation. Blown insulation will definitely provide the highest level of benefits and save the most amount of energy with very little effort. Best thing to do is check out how much material you would need to achieve a certain R-value and then work out whether renting a fibreglass/cellulose blower adds a lot to the costs. In many cases it really is worth it, as the job is much tidier and less time consuming. But make sure you don’t just stop after one insulation project, there are additional Home Insulation Tips And Energy Saving Ideas.