How hard could it be to just add some insulation? Chances are, you have had thoughts like this if you have ever found out your home needed more or new insulation. Many homeowners do successfully add insulation to their own homes. However, there are professionals who offer these services, and in most cases, you are better off hiring them rather than doing the work yourself. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.
1. They can install upgraded insulation products.
If you were to install the insulation yourself, you would be limited to what's available in the hardware and home improvement stores. This insulation is okay, but the insulation products accessible to contractors are even better. Specifically, they can apply spray foam insulation, a superior insulating product that needs to be applied by a professional with specific training and equipment. Spray foam has a greater R-value than typical fiberglass, which means it will do a better job of blocking heat transfer. It is also a good moisture barrier, which fiberglass is not.
2. There are more intricacies to installation than you might think.
Even if you do decide to go with standard fiberglass or cotton insulation, there are more complexities associated with insulation installation than you might think. You have to place the top layer perpendicular to the bottom layer, make sure the insulation does not block roofing vents, and make sure it is pushed all of the way into the corners of the attic. If you mess up, your insulation won't be as effective as it should be. These intricacies are second nature to most professional installers, so by hiring a pro, you'll get better results with fewer headaches.
3. They have the right protective gear.
Fiberglass insulation may look like a nice, soft pile of fluff, but it's actually tiny strands of glass. These tiny strands can damage your airways if you breathe them in. They can also irritate your skin. Sure, you could buy all of the protective gear to protect yourself, but by the time you consider the cost and hassle of doing so, you might as well just hire the pros. That way, you can let them worry about protection, and you won't have to worry about putting your own health at risk.
Installing insulation is not the most complicated of building tasks, but it's harder than you might initially assume. Reach out to insulation contractors for more information.