Attic Insulation, Crawl Space, Spray Foam Insulation, We do it!
WE SERVICE ANY AND ALL INSULATION JOBS.
Air leaking through your home's exterior walls, windows, doors, and other openings wastes a lot of energy and raises your utility bills. The reason every building has insulation is because it saves money and improves comfort during hot summers and cold winters Washington DC knows all too well.
A well-sealed home with adequate insulation can make a significant difference in your utility bills. The EPA estimates that by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and basements, homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs. I'd bet attic insulation in Washington DC, alone, would save even more than the average.
On top of temperature/humidity control and energy savings , insulation keeps bugs OUT, dust OUT, pollen OUT, and noise OUT. Imagine sleeping through the local morning traffic. That's mostly because of adequate insulation, and the right type, and being installed correctly. Here at Expert Insulation Washington DC, we know exactly how to do the job you need. And at a fraction of the price of competitors.
Insulate your home to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Insulation, when properly installed, can provide both comfort and savings, especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year.
Excess moisture exposure, mold growth, dust and dirt accumulation, or pest infestation can all cause insulation to deteriorate or become damaged over time. Our team can determine if your existing attic insulation has settled or become damaged, and if so, we can remove it professionally while protecting your home from contaminants and preparing the attic space for new insulation. And in most cases, you never need to remove insulation because if it's installed correctly, it should last a lifetime. And lets be up-front with each other, if it doesn't need it, we'll let you know. If the insulation removal is necessary, then we can explain exactly why and how much it would affect you! We get by on our good word in a city as competitive as Washington DC.
Eco-Friendly Spray Foam Insulation Contractors
Spray Foam Insulation (SFI) is a green and eco-friendly alternative in addition to saving money. It considerably reduces your negative environmental impact. A properly sealed home minimizes the quantity of oil used to generate power and reduces the amount of carbon discharged into the environment. This will aid in the reduction of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming and ozone depletion. Every little amount matters and can contribute to the preservation of our planet's resources for future generations.
Reasons For Adding Attic Insulation
If you've arrived at this page, you've undoubtedly got a lot of questions. Is attic insulation required? If so, how much do I require? What is the current quality of my insulation? Is it possible to have too much insulation? The list could go on and on. So, we'll break everything down for you in basic, easy-to-understand words, and you can make your own judgment. The most critical component in establishing the what's, when's, where's, and whys of insulation is calculating your R-Value.
R-Value: What is it?!
The most essential measure of insulation performance is R-Value. Consider this clothing: a rain jacket has a low R-Value, whereas a winter jacket packed with goose feathers has a higher R-Value. The more severe the temperatures (hot or cold), the more crucial it is to have a higher R-Value. Compare the R-Values of typical building materials using the chart below.
When we get into those many types of insulation, what is the difference? Using this table and a tape measure, you may determine your current R-value in your attic. For example, the average inch of blown fiberglass (the most common attic insulation) has an R-3 rating. If you have 10 inches, simply multiply by 10, and the result is R-30. The only question now is whether R-30 is sufficient.
If your house was built between 1970 and 2012, you most likely have anything from 6′′ (about R-18) to 10′′ (around R-30′) of insulation. If this is the case, you will undoubtedly benefit from additional insulation. And it's easy to forget about crawl space insulation. It may not have any. Most insulation contractors nowadays will install 14-15′′ of insulation to provide R-38 coverage, but even that is the bare minimum in most regions. Remember that even if you have a lot of insulation in your attic, additional can still help. We have an exceptional insulation installation team that can help decide the details if you call us today. If you've been reading this far, you can tell we love talking about insulation to help, regardless if you decide to us our service or not. Give us a ring and let's talk!
More Reasons To Add Insulation
Inspect your current insulation for coverage. Do you see any voids? Are there any low spots or gaps in the insulation? This is particularly frequent with batt insulation, where the pieces do not completely touch or fill the hole. Wet or animal-infested insulation: If there has been a leak or vermin have soiled/urinated on the insulation, the R-Value has been reduced. Furthermore, odors, bacteria, and diseases may leak through to the inside of your home. Before you add insulation, you need take some preventative measures, such as animal removal, insulation removal, sealing of entry points for animals, and antibacterial treatment. We can normally accomplish this work in 1-2 days, including the installation of new insulation. Knee Walls: If you have elevated ceilings or changing degrees of ceiling height in your home, this can have a significant impact on your heat protection.
Decking: If you have decking (plywood placed down for storage) that was installed after the house was built, the insulation that was there was most likely brushed away to allow the boards to be laid down smoothly. We can solve this issue by densely injecting insulation beneath the decking without having to move a single board. With all of this information at your disposal, you can now determine whether or not your attic is adequately insulated. Please contact us if this is not the case. Or just give us a call if you have any questions or issues you'd like to air, and we'll be happy to assist.
But How Fast Are You?
Most calls for spray foam insulation we can finish in half a day. Things like crawl space insulation and attic insulation contractor jobs: maybe faster!
Reasons for Insulation Removal
Do you have soiled old insulation that has to be removed? Are you ready to make the switch to foam and require an extraction? Or do you believe you have old-style vermiculite insulation that contains asbestos? here at Expert Insulation we offer the expertise to complete your insulation removal project. When we're finished, we can even replace it with better-performing insulation.
In most cases, insulation can last the whole life of the house. Unfortunately, there are external factors that can degrade, if not completely destroy, the efficiency of your insulation. The following is a list of some of the most prevalent reasons for requiring insulation removed:
Do I need to remove my old insulation?
The majority of the time, the answer is no. The only time you'd need it removed is when you're having your roof deck spray foamed. If you are replacing traditional insulation, you can leave the old in place to assist increase the R-Value of the new insulation. If you're thinking about spray foam, we have a very low-cost foam option that's a fraction of the expense of foaming the roof deck.
Although attics are the most typical location for removals, we can remove it from practically everywhere. If you are conducting a wall off makeover, we can remove insulation from crawlspaces and even walls.
So, if you need old, dirty, or wet insulation removed, give us a call. Please fill out a quote form or call us directly! All of our employees work from and live in Washington DC and are ready to help you out.
In the north, fixing and bringing your attic up to code is a necessity, but did you know that depending on where you reside, the crawl space can be equally as important? Before we get into the repairs and enhancements you may have done to your crawl space, I'd like to discuss some of the issues you might be experiencing in your house and not realize are related to your crawl space insulation.
Poor Air Quality. The quality of air under your house might have a direct impact on the quality of air in your house. Floors are breathable membranes that can absorb and pass through anything on the opposite side. If you have stagnant air and mold in your crawlspace, it is most likely affecting the air in your home.
High Energy Bills. This is especially true during the colder months and in older dwellings. Chilly crawlspaces, especially when it is cold outdoors, can transfer temperature through the floor.
Buckling Floors. Buckling or warping floors are often caused by one of two factors. One is a foundation that is failing in some way. Two: increasing moisture in the crawlspace, saturating the subfloor/floor and causing it to deform.
While it may appear that resolving or preventing these issues is a big endeavor, two of them may be resolved with a single solution: crawlspace encapsulation.
Poor air quality and collapsing floorboards are frequently caused by the same issue: moisture under the house. Water can enter through the block foundation or the ground itself even if there is no water piling up or locations where rain can enter the crawl space.
In the winter, the second issue that may arise is a very cold floor. This can be reduced by simply putting insulation beneath the home to prevent cool air from entering.
Call Expert Insulation in Washington DC for a free estimate!