The first step of proper attic insulation is air sealing, which prevents airflow between a home and the attic. Proper air sealing helps keep temperature controlled air in your home. When air that has been heated or cooled leaks from a home, your comfort can be impacted; it also makes your heating and cooling system work harder to keep the temperature stable, costing you energy and money.
At The Hayes Company our insulation estimators can review your attic for leaks. Leaks can be found around areas such as light boxes, plumbing stacks, and soffit drops. Our team can seal these air leaks with a durable foam air sealing product, or with spray foam insulation designed to add R-value and provide long-lasting air sealing.
If you are remodeling your home or building a new home, we also recommend air sealing top plates. A top plate is also known as the upper wall plate or ceiling plate below the roof and cannot be seen or conveniently accessed in an existing home. Installing air sealing top plates during your remodel or new home construction can greatly reduce air transfer from your conditioned living space to unconditioned attic space.
After air sealing, an attic must be given a layer of insulation for optimal energy saving benefits. Typically, our insulation team will add blown-in fiberglass insulation. Read on for a list of the insulation products offered by our team at The Hayes Company.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation takes care of both air sealing and insulation in one step and with one product. Polyurethane foam is sprayed on leak sources in your attic to stop unwanted air flow and help maintain your home’s temperature year-round. We offer different types of spray foam insulation for use in different attic environments.
Fiberglass insulation is a common and highly effective attic insulation solution. When providing all new insulation on a new or remodeled home, our professionals will typically use fiberglass insulation after sealing air leaks. For homes with existing insulation and sealant, an extra layer of fiberglass insulation is added to increase the R-value of the property.
Cellulose insulation is a cost effective way to increase the R-value of your attic and make your home more comfortable. Cellulose insulation is made from 80% post-consumer recycled newsprint and treated with nontoxic compounds to resist fire, mold, and insects. Like fiberglass, cellulose insulation is typically installed in tandem with air sealing for optimal insulation and air sealing performance.