Upgrading Attic Insulation

These days most attics don't have enough insulation or have insulation that isn't working as well as it should be. An upgrade -- one that will pay off every year and in every season you live in your home -- is only one phone call away. Yes, you can and should add more insulation to your attic. It's one of the best ways to increase your home's energy efficiency.

Fiberglass and cellulose fiber are the two most common attic insulation materials. Each yields an R-factor of roughly 3.5 per inch. Cellulose consists of ground-up newspaper material, which is then treated with fire-retardant chemicals. Fiberglass is made of billions of strands of extruded glass fibers packed into specifically sized batts. Some fiberglass batting now comes encased in perforated poly bags to help contain loose glass fibers and make handling and installation easier. Fiberglass also is available as a loose-fill or blown-in material.

R-factor is a numerical indicator of an insulation's efficiency at retarding the flow of heat. The scale goes from low to high; higher R-numbers mean a given insulation is better able to stop heat from moving from one place to another. Current building codes recommend an insulation R-factor of R-38 for attics in most of the country. That would be about 10 to 12 inches of fiberglass batting or blown cellulose fiber insulation. Bear in mind that R-38 is actually the minimum recommended standard for attic insulation. Proposed energy codes would increase that number to R-50.

While the price of fuel oil, gas, and electricity continues to rise, attic insulation is relatively inexpensive and remains one of your best energy-efficiency upgrade values. The roof or attic – the single most important area of any structure to insulate. The fact that heat rises attributes to the fact that over 60% of all structural heat loss is through the roof. Is it Cost Effective to Insulate? Absolutely!

The right insulation system can save you money, reduce the amount of energy you use and make your home more comfortable.

Enjoy All The Benefits...

When you improve your home in Toronto, you make a difference to the rest of the world. You’ll help address important global issues like ...

Climate change – Energy renovations help reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting you from the effects of climate change and extreme weather.

Energy security – By reducing your Ontario home’s energy usage, you’ll be less deeply affected by energy price fluctuations and supply interruptions.

Greater comfort – Your home will be warmer in Ontario's winters and cooler in Ontario's summers.

Better health – You’ll eliminate indoor health concerns like chills and drafts, and keep your home free of airborne pollutants and pollen.

Increased home value – By making energy renovations, you’ll increase the resale value of your Ontario home. An official Canada EnerGuide label proves you’ve done the work.

Simpler home maintenance – No more scrubbing moldy windowsills! Keep airborne dust and dirt outside where it belongs.

Matrix Insulation specializes in all types of insulation as well as attic and roof ventilation. We are your #1 Toronto Insulation Contractor. We serve the Toronto area.


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