How And Where To Add Fiberglass Insulation

There aren't many easy way to add insulation to a finished home. That is, when your walls are drywalled, textured, and painted it is hard to add insulation after-the-fact. However, there are usually a few places that you can easily add insulation. Often, the places where you can add insulation are actually the places that need the most. For instance, the walls between unfinished attics and basements are often uninsulated and unfinished. This means you can add fiberglass insulation in between the stud bays. This article explains how to do this.

Using Fiberglass Insulation

The most important thing you need for this job is the right type of insulation. Batting style fiberglass insulation is cheap and easy to apply. It comes in continuous rolls that you can apply very quickly. Make sure you buy insulation that is as wide as the gap between your individual studs. This way you don't have to cut the fiberglass insulation lengthwise to install. You do want to be careful when installing fiberglass because it is extremely itchy. If it gets on your skin, it will be annoying, but if it gets in your eyes, it could be dangerous. So, you want to be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt, protective gloves, and I protection during installation process.

Spray foam insulation is not a good product for this job. It will be messy, not to mention it won't work when trying to install basement ceilings from below because it will fall out before it dries:

How to Add the Insulation

The best way to attach insulation is to just staple it down. However, you don't really need any staples, or to bother securing the insulation anyway if you are setting it flat on the top side of your attic floor. You can add even further insulation to either your attic or basement by then walling off the studs with drywall. Even if you don't finish the drywall by patching the seams and adding texture, this will greatly increase the efficiency of your home. Since these rooms don't have temperature control, heat loss can be a major issue. It is very common for the floor directly above basement to be cold to the touch. And during the summer, it can seem to radiate from your ceiling if you have a hot attic.

The great thing about this job is that it is simple, it doesn't require any special tools, and you don't need any specific training. For more information, contact companies like Insulation Pro's.


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