Ultimate Guide to Adding R-Value and Comfort to Your Home by Insulating Attic Flooring
Insulating your attic’s flooring can save you money on energy bills, while also enhancing your home’s comfort levels. If you’re looking to do this DIY project on your own, here are all the steps you need to know about.
Before you begin, make sure you accurately measure the area of the attic floor’s you need to cover. It’s important that you purchase the right amount of insulation material. When measuring, check the attic for any gaps or cracks. Any areas that need filling in should be done with some caulking before you start.
Now it’s time to gather all your tools and materials. The most important thing to remember is to protect yourself. Many insulations contain skin and respiratory irritants, so wear appropriate clothing like long sleeves and pants, gloves, and a face mask.
The next step is to start installing the insulation, depending on the type of material you’ve purchased. For rolls of insulation, cut them to size, tuck the edges against the joists and fit it beneath any power cables. When you get to the access hatch, don’t forget to leave a 3” gap from the insulation to any lighting fixtures.
If you purchased loose insulation, like cellulose, pour the material and spread it with a gloved hand or an insulation blower. To make sure it doesn’t travel to other parts of the house, bag up any excess before you take it out.
When you’ve finished, be sure to change your clothes and wash them separately.
Finally, to ensure your safety, think about having your attic inspected by a professional if you’re ever unsure of any aspect of your insulation job. By accurately measuring your space, gathering all the necessary tools, and taking all the necessary safety precautions, you’ll be able to insulate your attic flooring like a professional – and save yourself some money in the process.