What is Ice Damming

February 03, 2011 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

ICE DAMMING

Have you ever gone by a home and noticed long icicles hanging from the eave’s trough. These accumulations of ice are not only a physical hazard they can cause leaking in the roof system. The cause of this problem, commonly called “ice damming”, occurs when warm are escapes from living areas into the attic. This warm air heats the roof and melts the snow. Water running down the roof under the covering of the snow, will re-freeze at the cold eaves. When ice forms it prevents water from draining off the roof. The “pooled” water, above the ice dam, will seep under any layered roofing system. Ice dams are also responsible for clogged and damages eave’s troughs, as well as wet insulation in the attic and walls. Wet wood and decay will result if the problem persists.

Several measures can be taken to eliminate ice damming. Seal all attic penetrations, for example, around bathroom exhaust fans, plumbing vents, electrical wiring and outlets, with caulking or weather stripping.
Vent all exhaust fans outside through the roof top using insulated pipe. Install new insulation in the attic to government standards that being an R-40 or R-50. Provide adequate and efficient ventilation. Cold air should completely wash the underside of the roof above the insulation. This ventilation should include pre-formed soffit guards (baffles) to ensure attic insulation does not block ventilation paths.

Improved attic insulation along with proper ventilation will help eliminate Ice Damming and save you money and aggravation.

What is R-Value

January 06, 2011 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the construction and building trade. R-Value is a way of labelling the effectiveness of insulating materials. The higher the R-Value number the more resistance the material has to the movement of heat.
Having the proper R-Value in your home not only makes the inside a more pleasant place to live, it also reduces heating and cooling costs by maintaining the same temperature. This in turn means your home is more ecologically friendly, as you are consuming less environmental resources.
Do not judge insulation by appearance. Insulation comes in various thicknesses but it is not the thickness of the insulation that will provide optimal warmth in your home. The quality of insulation depends upon the “R” value that you choose. Cellulose has a very high “R” value compared to most insulations, thus in most cases cellulose will give you excellent value for your money.
So the next time you are considering installing or adding insulation, consider the R-value.
It pays to go green.

How can I tell if I need Insulation?

December 29, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

In Winter a quick way to check if you need insulation, is after a snow fall, throughout the next few days the houses with snow still on the roof ( If it hasn’t blown off) usually have good insulation in the attic. You see the insulation stops the warmth from the living space from travelling upward and heating the attic space which intern warms up the roof line and melts the snow rather quickly. Also if you notice your furnace cycling on and off more often, this is an indicator that the heat is not remaining in the living space, but instead going upward into the attic.

In summer, one sign of a poorly insulated or poorly ventilated attic is a ceiling that is warm to the touch, or for that matter warmer than the inside walls. One other way to tell is when your air conditioner stays on most of the day without cycling on and off. If you were to take a visit to the attic and found it extremely hot, like a sauna, usually this is a good indication that more ventilation is needed. If you step back and look up on your roof and do not see mushroom shaped vents or multiple small square vents, You may have a small ventilation problem. Also if you do not see small vent holes under the roof overhang (soffits) or vents at each end of the gables, your home may not be properly vented. Adding roof vents can correct some of these issues.

Energy Saving Grants

December 23, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

Government Grant “GREEN PROGRAM” saves you money!

We all would like a helping hand with home renovations. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would help out financially?
Are you aware that the Provincial Government still has the “GREEN PROGRAM” available to help you? Through the “GREEN PROGRAM” the Government is encouraging home owners to make their home more “green” and efficient.
The Provincial Government will allow up to $ 5000.00 in grants, per qualified household. Your home may qualify to receive up to $750.00 in a government grant towards your attic insulation!
Initially the grant helps you financially, but your renovation especially pays off over time in energy saving costs!
It pays to be green.

MATRIX INSULATION is available for any of your homes insulation needs.
Allow MATRIX to help you save!

How Retro-Fitting Wall Insulation Can Help

December 20, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

Many homes built during or before the 1970′s do not have any insulation in the wall cavities. This is especially true for brick-framed homes with plaster walls, and it causes cold rooms and high utility bills.

Often, the most cost effective way to add insulation in these cases is to use a blown in material like cellulose, or spray foam that fills all of the gaps and holes inside the wall.

Another common problem area is where interior walls ajoin an attic on split level homes. Insulation installed on these walls can fall down over time and leave upstairs bedroom walls exposed to the extreme cold or heat of your attic.

Matrix Insulation offers simple solutions to solving hot or cold spots in your home. We offer expert advice and welcome your enquiries. Please call us at (647) 999-1590.

Have animals damaged your attic insulation?

December 17, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

 

When animals like birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, and mice get into your home or your building’s attic, they can damage and contaminate the insulation with urine or feces, and they will also shed fur, parasites, bacteria, and viruses.

If the animal waste is not properly removed, these disease-causing contaminates will stay in your home’s insulation forever. These remaining animal odors can also attract other nuisance wildlife to your attic or crawl space as it is then perceived as a safe and secure animal living space.

Raccoon feces and bat droppings are considered as being hazardous by the Center for Disease Control, and the droppings from wildlife may carry animal disease that could be passed to humans.

WARNING: Do not disturb the droppings unless you are wearing the proper safety equipment.

The process begins by removing and vacuuming out all contaminates and contaminated insulation. After the waste removal is completed, it is highly recommended that you deodorize and decontaminate the attic or crawl space.

Installing new insulation will then bring the R values up to the Department of Energy recommended levels for your area. The new material will improve your comfort levels, add fire resistance, control and exclude many insect pests, and will save you money with improved energy efficiency and Government tax incentives.

For more information on these incentives, visit your Best Choice for Toronto Insulation.

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Attic Insulation Basics

December 16, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

Having the correct amount of attic insulation in your home is definitely one of the most important factors to keep in mind while considering ways in which you can lower your home energy costs.

Attic insulation protects us from the outside cold in the winter, but a properly insulated and vented attic should also keep the cool inside during the hot summer months. We are often asked what factors are involved in making your attic a well insulated place.

First, take a closer look at the type of attic insulation that you have. Many older homes have what is referred to as “batt insulation”. This type of insulation typically comes in large rolls and is normally pink or yellow. The insulation is spread throughout the entire attic, generally between the wooden beams or joists. The other kind of insulation is called blown-in insulation. Blown-in insulation is typically installed by professional contractors, as they have the correct equipment to do the work.

Small bits of insulation are mechanically wind-blown into the attic, thereby creating a perfect blanket across the attic floor. You will generally find this kind of insulation in newer houses.

Blowing in insulation is something that some homeowners will consider doing themselves, but it is really a highly-skilled trade. There are several crucial items that need to be addressed or inspected prior to just blowing in more attic insulation…

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Is It Cost Effective To Insulate?

December 14, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

The right insulation system can save you money, reduce the amount of energy you use and make your home much more comfortable. Keep in mind that the local climate has an impact on the cost-effectiveness of any insulating project.

In Ontario there are several government grants available that you may use to offset the cost of upgrading your home’s insulation. You will find us to be extremely well-versed on these green energy programs. We welcome the opportunity to discuss all of your available options. Please call us for more information.

Toronto Insulation Contractors

December 14, 2010 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

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