Attic Insulation Phoenix
We all know that it doesn’t really get any hotter attic Insulation Contractor in Phoenix, AZ than summer in AZ! Long days with the scorching sun beating on your home or office can wreak havoc not only on your utility bill but also on your home’s cooling equipment.
Hotter temperatures in your Phoenix home mean the higher output is required by your AC unit. Although Arizona is recognized most for its hot summers, our winters have seen weeks of freezing temperatures as well.
Along with maintaining a healthy roof, insulating your attic is a key factor in reducing your energy costs and usage throughout the year. Although it may not be a ‘visible’ home improvement, hiring a Phoenix attic insulation contractor is a functional home improvement that will help you and your family stay comfortable year-round, and ensure the longevity of your heating and cooling equipment.
What Phoenix Home Owners Should Understand About R-Value?
Insulation levels are determined by R-Value. The R-Value for insulation measure the insulation’s resistance to heat that travel through it. HIgher R-Values mean the insulation has a better thermal performance.
As a leading Phoenix attic insulation contractor our recommended R-Value for our Owen’s Corning AttiCat expanding blown-in insulation is an R38. More isn’t always better when it comes to attic insulation in Arizona. Going over this value will not make enough of a difference to justify the cost. R30 or R38 is what you should aim to have in your attic to ensure your home is well insulated.
Cellulose vs. Fiberglass Insulation
Most homes, built since the ’80s, have cellulose insulation installed. Cellulose settles over time, which means that you may have started out with an R30 but most likely have an average of 4” of insulation now, which is not enough to insulate your home. Jim Brown and Sons Roofing use Owen’s Corning AttiCat Expanding Blown-in Insulation, which is made of fiberglass.
Here are some of the benefits of using fiberglass insulation:
- If fiberglass rolls and batts are installed properly they will not settle. Loose-fill fiberglass insulation will have less than 1% settling, but the R-value will be maintained.
- Thermal performance of fiberglass insulation will last the lifetime of the building as long as the installation instructions from the manufacturer are followed.
- Fiberglass insulation does not hold moisture, even when exposed to humidity. Because fiberglass insulation does not absorb water, it doesn’t lose its R-value.
- Fiberglass insulation is not caustic and does not contain any chemicals that will disingrate wires and pipes.
- The fiberglass insulation industry helps free up space in landfills by recycling 500,000 tons of glass containers.
- Many fiberglass insulation manufacturers have plants that use up to 50% or more recycled materials in their products.
Our Phoenix Attic Insulation Process
One of our certified Phoenix attic insulation installers will enter your attic (in the summer this MUST be a morning appointment) and assess how much insulation is currently there. They will then provide a quote based on the R-Value you wish to achieve and the value that the attic space allows.
We can install our product right over the existing insulation, which will save you money by not having to remove the current insulation.
Once the contract has been signed, a two-man crew will arrive to install the insulation. It doesn’t take long in the cooler months of the year but in the summer it can be an all-day process due to the extreme heat and limited time the worker can safely stay in the attic.