Irvine Home And Attic Insulation
Residents in Irvine, California who are looking for home-and-attic insulation will face a number of decisions, including selecting the type of material to be used and the way in which it will be installed. Some of the older houses in the Irvine area may have vermiculite insulation in place already. If this is the case, the owners must first have a qualified asbestos abatement contractor determine whether their vermiculite insulation contain asbestos, and remove it if it does.
Home-and-Attic Insulation Methods and Materials for Irvine Properties
To renovate existing houses, residents can hire a contractor to install home-and-attic insulation. Professional contractors can use sprayed insulation, which expands to fill the cavity in which it is installed. Sprayed installation tends to be more costly, however. Cellulose insulation is a more cost efficient solution, blown in either internally or externally depending on the home.
An alternative to cellulose is fiberglass, which can also be blown in. While installing fiberglass batts in open areas appears to be simple enough for owners to take such action in their own Irvine houses, professional installation is considered a wise choice for reasons other than convenience.
Current EPA guidelines for Energy Star rating require that the batts be installed with all six sides free of voids or gaps and with no compression. In attics, installing batts can be as straightforward as cutting the batts to fit the cavities in which they are placed. However, gaps, voids or compression can reduce the efficiency of the batt by as much as 80%.
Fiberglass or cellulose can be installed in a similar fashion throughout the rest of the house to increase thermal efficiency and reduce sound flow.
At Progressive Insulation & Windows, Irvine contractors and residents will find fiberglass insulation products from Johns Manville, Owens Corning and Certainteed available in the company’s warehouse. These products are manufactured without use of harmful chemicals, resulting in improved air quality in the house in which they are installed. Other green products include Cocoon from Green Fiber.