It can be difficult as a homeowner to know whether your insulation is in good condition or warrants replacement or upgrade. You might have obvious signs, like draftiness or unreasonable power bills even with modern HVAC, but if the issues are subtler, you might find yourself at a loss.
There are also different reasons you might need to replace your insulation:
Your insulation is too old: Most forms of insulation used today and in years past have exceptionally long life spans — in theory. Most have theoretical life spans between 80 years and 100. However, many will start to degrade sooner, or they didn’t have such long life spans until modern technology came along. Fiberglass, cellulose and mineral wool might all start degrading after as few as 15 years in some cases.
Your insulation has been damaged: Damage to your insulation can rapidly age it and force replacement or addition of more insulation. Water damage, in particular, can force a total removal and replacement of affected insulation to prevent issues with mold and loss of insulating properties.
You don’t have enough insulation: Your home may have insulation that isn’t falling apart but isn’t adequate to your needs either. If you’re lucky, you can simply add insulation on top of that to meet your insulation needs. However, if you’re tight on space, removing old, inefficient insulation to replace it with materials with denser R-values might be necessary.
Your insulation is of poor quality or poorly installed: Not all insulation is made or installed to proper standards. If your home seems to have enough insulation in decent condition but still shows signs of insulation issues, it can stem from bad installation or bad materials. Insulation that leaves countless gaps uncovered is better than nothing, but it isn’t creating a true barrier within your home either.
Because of how many factors can go into the decision to replace insulation, it’s often best to request an inspection from Gold Star Insulation if you have evidence of problems.
We can identify these and other problems and offer you retrofit solutions for your insulation issues, including replacement or addition of insulation.
Contact Gold Star Insulation today at 916-229-8445 to request an insulation inspection for your Sacramento area home.
Insulation for Retrofit Applications
The Gold Star Insulation residential team adds energy efficiency, comfort and value to homes with re-insulation in Sacramento. We specialize in:
Retrofit fiberglass insulation (batts and blown-in): Fiberglass, which has been used to insulate homes for decades, is available as loose-fill or batts. Fiberglass is made of tiny glass fibers and is often installed in attics but can be used to insulate walls and crawl spaces as well.
Retrofit cellulose insulation (blown-in): Cellulose is environmentally friendly — it consists of up to 85% recycled material and takes less energy to make than other insulation materials — and can be installed in any area of a home.
Retrofit spray foam insulation: Typically made of polyurethane, spray foam is applied wet and expands into thick foam. Spray foam insulation can be installed in crevices and hard-to-reach areas and can help reduce air infiltration.
Retrofit rigid board insulation: Rigid board, or rigid foam, insulation can be made of polystyrene, polyisocyanurate or polyurethane and is typically installed in new homes.
Retrofit radiant barrier insulation: Radiant barrier is a type of reflective insulation material typically installed in attics (under the roof) to help reduce cooling costs by reflecting radiant heat.
Retrofit recycled denim insulation: Thermally efficient and environmentally friendly, recycled denim insulation is a good solution for homeowners who want to stay green while insulating their home.
Whether you’re remodeling and need Sacramento re-insulation, want to increase the energy efficiency of your old home or need to remove old, rodent-infested insulation from your attic and install new insulation, Gold Star Insulation has you covered.
Contact us today to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to install insulation in your Sacramento area home.
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