These Two Things MUST Happen Before You Insulate Your Attic

These Two Things MUST Happen Before You Insulate Your Attic6_n1Some insulation companies just show up and throw a bunch of pink batting into your attic without a care for the way such an “installation” will impact your house. They may even manage to avoid hurting homes if they’re doing it in dry climates.

But here in Florida we are in a constant battle with heat and moisture, the two conditions that make mold and rot a constant threat. Insulation companies that don’t take the proper amount of time and care can make life very hard on homeowners who hire them in good faith.

That’s why we always pay attention to two issues before we start adding insulation to your home.

Attic Sealing

Most of the attic should be sealed air-tight so that it doesn’t bring moisture inside the home and trap it. Heat is unavoidable, but moisture isn’t. This may only require us to do a little bit of caulking wherever inappropriate air flow is happening, but we still need to pay attention to what we’re doing.

Exhaust and Ventilation

Obviously, some air must escape the attic. That’s where proper attic ventilation comes in.

Here at Done Rite we have experience as roofers in addition to being insulation professionals. This means we have an outstanding understanding of how ventilation serves the entire roof system.

Most roofs are under-ventilated. You need good attic ventilation for the same reason you should air out your home every now and then. Ventilation keeps the attic cooler and dryer. Mold doesn’t like places with good air flow. It likes damp, hot, dark corners.

None of these efforts will mean a thing, however, if your bathroom vents and range vents are piping directly into the attic. This is the result of a builder’s shoddy work: often they stop short of extending these pipes all the way outside of the home. Thus, you end up blowing a lot of hot, moist air into your attic, even as you try to pull that hot, moist air out of the portions of the home you live and work in. If that’s the case you aren’t preventing a mold problem, you’re simply moving it.

Fortunately, it’s not hard to extend these vents through the roof so that hot, wet air can go outside where it belongs.

Want to know you’re doing right by your home?

Contact the team at Done Rite for your free roof insulation quote today.