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Do you need to replace your old fiberglass insulation that’s become ineffective and leaky? At Ver Wys, we prefer cellulose to fiberglass insulation for several reasons. The R-Value per inch of cellulose insulation is greater than fiberglass. Fiberglass loses up to 50% of its R-value in extreme cold, making cellulose a better choice for Michigan homes. Cellulose is “Green” because it is made up of 80 percent recycled newspaper that has been chemically treated with non-toxic Borate compounds to make it resistant to insects, mold,
and fire. Tightly packed cellulose is a cost-effective, thermally efficient, and comfortable alternative. Our insulation experts will perform a thorough home energy analysis to identify the specific areas of your home requiring work. Next, we will determine and discuss insulation rebates (like the Holland Home Energy Program) and home performance incentives that can help lower your project cost and improve energy efficiency.
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When your home’s attic insulation works properly, it helps contain your home’s heat during the winter months and eliminates warm air from entering during summer. Minimally, insulation assists to control moisture levels in your home and block out noise too!
Can Ice Dams and/or the formation of icicles be caused from insulation or lack thereof?
Yes. Warm air inside your home can leak into the attic, warming the underside of your roof, causing snow and ice to melt, and then refreezing as it runs off your roof.
Ice dams not only indicate inadequate insulation, but they can also cause damage to the structure of the house. Heat escaping from the home through a poorly insulated attic warms the shingles on the roof, melting the snow, which runs down the roof to the eaves.
Since the eaves overhang the house and are cold, the melted snow freezes when it reaches the eaves; when enough ice has formed, it begins to stop or dam additional water from draining off the roof. The ice dams eventually grow under the shingles, causing melted snow to enter the ceiling and walls.
How much insulation do I need to install?
Different areas of the country have different recommended R-values for insulation based on your geographic location and its corresponding climate. Subsequently, colder northern climates will have higher required R-Values than warmer tropical locales.
The amount of insulation needed is dependent on your home’s climate and the type of insulation being used. Consult a professional insulation contractor to determine the necessary R-Values needed for your location.
Do I need to remove existing insulation that is already in place?
Not necessarily. Adding additional insulation can have a cumulative impact on the overall R-value. A professional insulation contractor will be able to determine if the existing insulation can provide any cumulative effect.
How can I tell the R-value of my current insulation?
Different insulation products have different R-values so be sure to read the packaging carefully. Additionally, the R-Value of your insulation can decrease over time as the product ages or settles.
To determine the R-Value of your current insulation, please contact us.
I’m on a budget. Will insulating certain areas of home result in larger energy savings?
Yes and no. While insulating certain areas will provide you with long-term energy savings, in order to fully maximize energy savings, it is recommended the entire home be properly insulated.