3 Key Steps Before You Insulate the Attic

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Now that the temperatures are starting to drop, it’s time to focus on all of the ways to keep your home warm. Insulating the attic space is one of the best ways to keep the heat in your home from escaping to cooler places. However, there are some steps you should take before you add more insulation.

Do Not Cover Lighting
Many homes utilize recessed lighting because it creates multiple sources of light while also being unnoticeable. Since each light is located in the ceiling, naturally the fixture itself protrudes from the floor inside of the attic. When laying new insulation on the attic floor, make sure to not cover these light fixtures because the excess heat could cause a fire. Instead, create a perimeter around each light fixture.

Redirect Vents
Inspect your attic and see if any vents or exhaust fans vent directly into the attic. Homes that do are exposing the attic to high levels of moisture that will result in water damage, rot, and mold growth. Having this setup is against building code and should be reworked so everything is vented outside.

Repair Roof Leaks
When insulation becomes wet it will begin to produce mold after 48 hours. Mold will ruin insulation and will prevent it from doing its job of blocking heat flow. To prevent water from ruining insulation, check the roof of your attic for leaks. Check for water stains, wet spots, and any existing mold. If any of these signs exist, head up to the roof and replace any faulty shingles and flashing.

Having the proper insulation is necessary to keep your home’s heat from escaping to the cooler attic space. When you need a roofer to repair any roof damage you may have, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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