At Comfort Insulators, we get a lot of questions about insulation. Here are the answers to the questions we hear most commonly:
How much insulation do I need?
The answer to this question depends on how cold it is where you live and the age of your home. If your house is more than 10 years old, you should probably upgrade your insulation. Insulation should be at least 15” thick in your attic and your walls should ideally be completely filled with insulation.
What is the best type of insulation for attics?
It depends on your particular circumstance. Blown-in is the highest recommended form of insulation for attics due to its high R-value per inch, however we will meet with you to assess your personal situation and recommend the solution that is best for you. Blown-in insulation in attics also provides a good sound barrier, reducing the level of outside noise entering the home.
How much will my insulation cost?
Varies depending on size of space, ease of access to the space, type of insulation used.
What is the best type of insulation for basement walls?
We normally recommend 2lb spray foam for basement walls as it seals all cracks and provides a vapour barrier.
How do you apply spray foam insulation?
Spray foam insulation is applied using a hose and spray gun, and it is applied as a liquid directly onto the work surface. It is made up of two substances that when blend together, they immediately turn into a thick foam and expands, creating an air-tight seal to any surface where it is applied.
Is spray foam safe for the environment?
The Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) tests spray foam products to ensure that they are environmentally-friendly.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a special type of fibre which is extremely durable as well as non-combustible. This is why it was so widely used up until the 1980s for insulation and construction of buildings. But now we know that is dangerous if it is disturbed and breathed in. Loose-fill vermiculate insulation can contain traces of “amphibole” asbestos, which is more harmful since it can stay much longer in your lungs.
Why should asbestos be removed?
Health organizations have determined that asbestos is a human carcinogen since amphibole asbestos fibres, when inhaled, stay a lot longer in your lungs and they are more likely to inflict damage and cause cancer. If you find asbestos in your home, call us right away as we know how to safely handle it
We can do an inspection to properly determine the cost of your insulation, then give you an estimate. To schedule your inspection, please call us today.
We’re the experts – we’re happy to discuss your options with you.