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Tips For Installing Insulation In Your Attic

by Glenda Perkins

Is your home lacking insulation in your attic, and want to take on the job of adding more on your own? If so, it will help to follow these tips that will make it easy to add loose-fill insulation.

Measure The Attic's Square Footage

The first step will require figuring out how big your attic is. This can be done by calculating the square footage by multiplying the length and width of the space. When you eventually purchase your loose-fill insulation, the packaging will let you know how much insulation to buy to achieve the desired insulating R-value for your home's attic. This will help simplify the buying process and avoid returning unneeded insulation.

Rent The Right Equipment

Filling your attic with insulation is likely a job that you are probably only going to do once in your lifetime. Thankfully, you do not need to own the equipment to do this job on your own. Your local home improvement store likely rents the equipment that you need and sells the loose-fill insulation as well. It can end up being your one-stop shop for everything that you need.

Purchase Insulation Rulers

One easy way to make sure that you are putting enough insulation in your attic is to purchase insulation rules. These guides stick to pieces of wood in the attic, and they act as a measuring guide to make sure that the insulation is to the right level. You can leave them up in your attic when you are done, and they will help you estimate how much more insulation to insert as you go.

Place Attic Rafter Vents

You have soffit vents along the bottom of your attic that need to remain open for ventilation purposes. You can purchase rafter vents that go over the vents, which ensure that the soffit vents are not covered by the loose-fill insulation. 

Cut Loose Fill Insulation Bags In Half

The best way to prep the loose-fill insulation is to cut the bags in half. There is typically a line on the packaging that tells you where you need to cut it. The half bags of insulation are going to be much easier to feed into the equipment than placing the full bag in its entirety. You'll also need to remove the plastic bag around the insulation, and it's much easier to do when it has been cut in half. 

With these tips in mind, it should be much easier to fill your attic with loose-fill insulation. If you're interested in a loose-fill insulation installation, contact a construction contractor today.