Interior Design/Remodeling

Attic Remodeling Tips for Increased Sustainability

Attics are known to be low spaces between a sloping roof and the ceiling. Yes, some can be converted into bedrooms or and office spaces, while other remain a great storage space. Whatever your attic is being used for it is good to remember that the hot air in your home rises while the cooler air moves downwards. Keeping this in mind, sufficiently remodeling your attic will help control the temperatures in your home. This is a good way to stay energy efficient and cut down those electricity bills.

There are two methods to change your attic in a sufficient space to make sure you keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Insulation and ventilation remodeling are to be taken into consideration throughout your attic.

Insulation: By making use of sufficient insulation in your attic you can ensure that the heat in your home does not get lost through the roof during the winter time.

Ventilation: When installing a good ventilation system there is no need to worry about excessive heat collecting in your home during the summer.

Ventilation

There are many myths about ventilation that are just not true. For example, the myth that a ventilation area would let the heat escape during the winter. Ventilation is however vital to have in your attic during both winter and summer times. Poor ventilation can cause a lot of problems. For example, it can make cooling your home in the summers quite difficult. There are many types of roof vents to choose from which can be installed in your attic. Although vents are already installed during the construction of your home, it is best to make sure they work efficiently. When there are signs of a musty smell in your attic or water stains on the ceiling, then the chances are that you have poor ventilation either in your attic or overall home. It is best to call a professional to adjust the ventilation properly before insulation remodeling.

Insulation

Choosing the right insulation material

– Cellulose

This material, made from 80% recycled newspapers, treated with a nontoxic borate flame retardant is certainly sufficient. Installation can be done through laying down a loose fill or spraying the area with a spray on product.

-Recycled Fiberglass

This type of insulation is made from spun glass fibers and composed of recycled glass of up to 40%. Recycled Fiberglass is best left to the professional due to health concerns for people with respiratory and skin problems.

Cotton

Products made from cotton insulation consist of 85% textile scrap and treated with non-toxic flame retardants. Denim is an example of textile waste used in cotton insulation product. Cotton insulation tends to have less efficient insulation properties, but they are not associated with any health hazards.

Soybean-Based Spray Foam

This is a petrochemical form of insulation. While expensive, it is an excellent sealer when comparing with the other insulation materials. However, the material itself is not as sustainable.

Preparation

Air leakage can cause the insulation to work inefficiently. Inspect areas where different materials are constructed together, for example between doors and walls, air vents and window frames.

Steps

The step in insulating an attic is simple, whether you are hiring a professional or doing it yourself. First, the appropriate gear needs to be used, like a dust mask and gloves. The chosen insulation would then just get laid out across the ceiling joists. It is important to make sure the material is pressed tightly together at all edges and end joints. Insulation should be layed up to the roof rafter, keeping away from plywood roof sheathing when you come at the end of the perimeter of the attic.

All homes are different, and therefore the type of insulation you install or the way your ventilation will run depends on the construction of your home. When remodeling your attic to ensure higher energy efficiency, you are also making your home more sustainable and cause your electricity bills to decrease.

Matt writes and edits for roofing contractors such as Georgia Roof Pro. Topic vary from sustainability to new technologies. Focus is on innovation and efficiency
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