Today so many homeowners like to do-it-themselves and, in many cases, they do a darn good job. But in the world of construction, there are a few projects that are better left to the professionals. One of those is insulating your home.
Here are 10 reasons insulation jobs can get tricky:
- Homeowners have a difficult time deciding what kind of insulation they need. The products available today have an R-value (a measure of resistance to heat flow through a particular thickness of material), an exact depth based on the location, and come in varying types.
- There are laws concerning how to remove old insulation and where and how disposal can take place.
- Lights and ventilation devices in the area of insulation replacement, need sealing.
- An inspection is necessary for mold, mildew, and animal infestation before the area can receive the insulation material.
- Any sections of the location that are in disrepair need upgrading to the original structural standards.
- If the insulation installation is near the HVAC or mechanical system, both require inspection and repair, if necessary. In some cases, these systems will require changes.
- The person installing the insulation must understand the current building codes in the state and city where the work occurs.
- Knowledge of energy efficiency regulations is imperative.
- To properly install insulation, certain tools are necessary that most DIY-ers do not possess.
- Another fact that many homeowners are unaware of is how important air circulation is when insulating. In the attic, contractors use “baffles” to get the job done. Baffles (sometimes called venting chutes, insulation baffles, rafter vents, or wind baffles) are made of light materials such as rigid foam board, cardboard, or polyvinyl chloride, and are stapled into position in key places to increase airflow.
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