The average homeowner does not think about the state of their insulation. Either it was done before they bought the house or they did a ‘once over’ after the move in. However, most of the common complaints people have about their homes can due to their insulation. Either there is not enough or improper installation have left it ineffective. The state of the insulation in your attic can have a big impact on your home’s internal climate and the amount you pay in utility bills. This is why experts suggest a regular attic insulation inspection.
What Will I Learn From Inspecting My Attic Insulation?
With a full inspection of your attic’s insulation, you can learn a lot about your home. You will not just figure out if you need new insulation, but get a clear picture of what state your roof is in. When done by an expert you can learn things like:
- Were there any mistakes made during installation?
- Is there a leak in my roof?
- Has the insulation shifted or settled?
- Was the proper type of insulation used?
- What is the true age of the insulation compared with its life expectancy?
What Is Involved In An Attic Insulation Inspection?
A true inspection will include the exterior and interior of the roof’s structure. It should be carried out in 3 steps:
#1 – Checking the levels
The contractor will take a look at the per inch R-value of the current insulation you have. Then they will do some calculation about the amount and placement of this insulation to determine if you have enough insulant to meet the recommended levels for Michigan homes. According to EnergyStar attics in Michigan should have between R50 & R60.
#2 – Looking for gaps in coverage
Not all insulants are created equal. If batt insulation is present it is common for there to be gaps in the corners and in spots with electrical wiring. Though less common, gaps can also occur with loose fill and spray foam. A full inspection will help to identify these areas.
#3 – Check the insulation
You may have enough insulation and full coverage but what if there are other issues? The contractor will check under and around the insulation for wet spots which can indicate roof leaks. This is also when they may find evidence of pests that have found a home in the insulating materials.
Choose The Insulation Experts At Pro Home Improvement
It may seem simple enough to check on the health of your own attic. But, some signs are easy to miss, and a trained eye is sure to catch. At Pro, we have over 12 years of experience with inspecting and installing insulation. We can get it done swiftly and in a manner that makes sure nothing is overlooked. If you have had insulation installed by us in the past you can request a free yearly attic insulation inspection by contacting us today at 888-PRO-1998 (888-776-1998). You can also receive a free insulation inspection when you schedule a FREE no-pressure insulation estimate!