Attic Insulation

What is Batt Insulation? The Benefits

Properly insulating your house is the first and foremost way to reduce energy costs. Good insulation means that your home stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter (without needing to crank the thermostat). If you’ve been wondering what batt insulation is, read on! 

At SoDak Insulation, we specialize in attic and insulation restoration and are South Dakota’s leaders in assessing damages caused by rodent or bat infestation. Contact us today for an inspection and estimate on your home. We can help you choose the best type of insulation for your space.

The Benefits of Choosing Batt Insulation

Compared to other insulation types, batt or blanket insulation is the most common and widely available insulation method today. Also called batt and roll, this type of home insulation can come on a continuous roll or in pre-cut strips. Batt sits between studs, rafters, or joists in a fluffy layer. It is made commonly of fiberglass insulation, plastic, or natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or mineral wool. 

Batt and roll insulation is a versatile form of insulation as it comes in varying sizes and thickness or density levels. It is also one of the longest-lasting forms of insulation and, in ideal conditions, can maintain effectiveness for decades. 

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How does batt insulation help in energy efficiency? 

When installed correctly, batt insulation is an ideal form of insulation that protects against air leaks and heat transference. Batt insulation can be layered to increase its R-value. A higher R-value indicates that the insulation has a more effective rate of thermal resistance. How well they prevent heat transference determines the insulation’s R-value. 

To have an energy-efficient home, you want to make sure there are close to no air leaks. Batt insulation is available with both faced and unfaced styles. An optional paper or foil backing on the batt helps create an air or vapor barrier. 

However, not all houses need this, which is why it is very important to have a professional inspect and assess your insulation needs. 

Reasons to Consider an Insulation Inspection

There are many reasons why you might want to replace insulation in your home. It is a good idea to know how old your insulation is as it does degrade or compress over time. 

  • Your energy bills are going up.

If your heating or cooling bills seem higher than last year, it is time to schedule an inspection. Insulation can degrade over time if it begins to flatten or condense. A higher energy bill means that the R-value is decreasing, and your insulation’s effectiveness is reducing. 

person who's cold because of poor home insulation

  • You notice temperature fluctuations.

If you notice that you are always adjusting the thermostat and struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature, your insulation is not doing its job. It is a good time to have it assessed. 

  • You see evidence of bat or rodent damages.

If you have had any bat or rodent infestation in your attic, there is a high chance that your insulation is in trouble. Removing and restoring the area is one best left to professionals. Luckily for our customers, we are fully licensed to safely remove bat guano, renovate the site, and reinstall insulation.

  • You’ve had roof-related water damage in the home.

Water damages most home insulation styles, reducing its R-value (or rated level of effectiveness in preventing heat transference). If you have had any water damage, especially in your attic, you will want your insulation assessed. 

  • Drafty house or different temperatures throughout the house.

If you notice your home does not have a consistent temperature throughout the space, it is a good idea to have your insulation assessed. 

  • You’re considering selling your home.

When selling your home, many buyers will want to know the age of the insulation and the kinds of insulation products installed in the house. Refreshing and restoring your roof insulation will go a long way in impressing potential buyers (and will also lower the energy bill, another detail they’ll be interested to know).

How does insulation work?

To understand why insulation functions as it does, it’s important to understand how heat moves. Generally speaking, heat flows from warmer to cooler spaces until there is no temperature differentiation. 

That means that the heat will gravitate to any areas in your home that are cooler or uninsulated (garages, attics, basements). Heat can also pass through walls, ceilings, and floors in your home or even through exterior walls to the outside. 

Insulation is the key to trapping or slowing the movement of heat in your home. By insulating your home, you are effectively stopping the heat from moving freely. That means your home stays at the right temperature in winter and summer. 

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Choosing the Right Insulation Professionals

Batt insulation is a terrific option for keeping your home well insulated. But it can be difficult to choose the best option for your home or business. And it’s even harder to install, add, or replace the insulation yourself!

Don’t wait another minute — reach out to your local insulation experts today. SoDak Insulation will answer all your questions and help you figure out the best energy-saving solutions for your home. We have many years experience installing insulation.

Call SoDak Insulation today to schedule a home insulation inspection, and we will make sure the heat in your home stays where it belongs. 

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Blown Insulation vs. Rolled: Choosing the Right Insulation

If you’re thinking about adding insulation to your home, you’ll need to decide what type will work best with your building. Today, we’ll get into the details of blown vs. rolled insulation.

If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will pay for itself, you can’t beat adding attic insulation. Insulation works like a cozy blanket that keeps your home feeling warmer while lowering your heating bills. 

If you’re a South Dakota native, you know that our winters can be brutal. When it’s frigid outside, stay cozy in your home with a blanket of ultra-efficient insulation. Reach out to SoDak Insulation today for a free inspection and recommendations to improve your comfort at home.

SoDak Insulation is the best local insulation company for improving your home’s feel and energy efficiency. We are experts at finding the best fit for your older home. Contact us today for a custom solution.

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What Is Rolled Insulation? 

Rolled insulation comes in what looks like a long, narrow blanket. The continuous piece of insulation is packed tightly like a cinnamon roll, which is the source of its name. 

Blanket insulation is also available in batts. Batt insulation is similar to the rolled variety, but comes in pieces instead of rolls. The smaller pieces make for easy do-it-yourself installation, but it has more potential for gaps because there will be more seams.

Rolled insulation usually comes in 16 or 24-inch widths to fit perfectly between building joists. The blanket sits between the wooden joists and is easily trimmed to the right length. 

If your attic floor has no insulation, lay in batts or rolls to fit between the floor joists. Trim the roll with a utility knife to easily fit it in place.

Insulation needs to be fluffy to work, so don’t squish or compress the material to fit in the space. 

Rolled insulation can be layered to increase the total insulating value. When placing a second layer, position the rolls at a ninety-degree angle over the first in order to cover the joists. 

Rolled insulation comes with R-values ranging from 2.9 to 4.3 per inch of thickness. The R-value for the total thickness of the roll is listed on the package. Add layers in order to reach your desired total R-value.

Rolled insulation can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • Fiberglass
  • Mineral wool
  • Cellulose

What Is Blown Insulation?

Blown insulation, or loose-fill insulation, is a type of insulation that is sprayed or blown into the spaces to be insulated. 

Rolled insulation has a texture similar to cotton candy. Blown insulation is more like a bag of cotton balls. It doesn’t hold together in a single piece. 

Like snowflakes accumulating on your driveway, this type of insulation coats the attic floor in a thick blanket. The more you apply, the thicker your blanket will be.

You will need a pneumatic blowing machine to blow in the insulation. You may be able to rent this from your local home improvement store. Make sure you have a power source and adequate access to get the machine into your attic space. 

Blown insulation is often made from recycled materials, such as paper or denim. These materials are broken down into cellulose. A fire retardant is added in the process to keep your home safe. 

Blown insulation is available in a variety of materials:

  • Cellulose, which is often made from recycled materials
  • Mineral wool
  • Fiberglass insulation

Blown insulation has an R-value ranging from 2.2 to 3.8. The loose-fill application means you can get the exact depth you need to achieve your desired total R-value.

Loose-fill insulation can also be spread by hand, but it won’t be as fluffy and the distribution won’t be as even.

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Blown Insulation vs. Rolled: Which Is Better?

Both forms of insulation can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Which choice is better for your home?

It depends. 

How Accessible Is Your Attic?

An open attic with high rafters will make rolled insulation easier to install. 

Also consider the angle where your roofline meets the attic floor. Can you reach the edge, or does it get too narrow?

If you have a low-pitched roof, it might be easier to blow insulation into that space than to reach it by hand.

If your attic access doesn’t allow you to bring a blower in, rolled insulation is your winner. 

Blown insulation vs. rolled insulation? The winner is usually going to be the blown insulation in this category. But if your architecture has barriers to blown in application, rolled insulation will do the job nicely.

Do You Have Recessed Lighting?

If you have recessed lights in your ceiling, you may have light fixtures projecting through your attic floor. 

If you have fixtures to go around, it’s best not to bury them in insulation. The solution: place a wooden or metal box over the light to create space between the fixture and your insulation. 

Insulation should be kept at least three inches from all fixtures and wiring compartments. 

Blown insulation vs. rolled? If you are going around multiple light fixtures, blown insulation is a clear winner. Rolled insulation would require more time to cut and fit around fixture boxes, and would have greater potential for energy-sucking gaps. 

homeowner who's cold due to poor insulation and adjusting his thermostat

Is It Time to Call the Insulation Pros?

If you are inclined to add or replace insulation in your home or business, ask yourself a couple of question:

  • Are you comfortable spending lots of time in your attic? Depending on the size of the space and your fitness level, this could quickly become uncomfortable.
  • Do you have any respiratory or other conditions that would make installing insulation hazardous to your health? No matter how you do it, insulation installation is hot, dusty work. If you also have health concerns, it’s probably not worth the risk of DIY-ing it.
  • Are you comfortable running a blower? For some people, the weight, noise, and hassle of renting a machine are deal-breakers. If you’ve never used one before, they can be intimidating, too.

Blown insulation vs. rolled? If you want a second opinion about the best option for you, call insulation experts. At SoDak Insulation, we’re happy to help you choose the best insulation for your space. Contact us today with all your questions.

Consider All Of Your Options

Before charging into a DIY project, you’ll want to know what the cost and potential savings will be. An insulation contractor may cost less than you think. It’s definitely the quickest and easiest way to get your home insulated efficiently!

Reach out to SoDak Insulation today for a free inspection and quote. We’re here to keep you warm and happy!

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Choosing Eco-Friendly Insulation for Your Home or Business

Are you interested in eco-friendly insulation for your home? There are numerous products available that will keep your home warm without harming the environment. 

If you’re considering improving your home’s insulation, contact SoDak Insulation today. We would be happy to take a look at your property and give you a free quote. Reach out today to schedule an appointment.

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We Learned A Hard Lesson

Once upon a time, people used asbestos for insulation. It was inexpensive and effective at blocking heat transfer.

Unfortunately, it was also carcinogenic. A lot of people developed cancers and died after breathing asbestos fibers. 

So, we learned a hard lesson. We need to consider more factors than “cheap” and “effective” when choosing the products that make up our home environment. 

We spend a lot of time at home. Our homes should be cozy, but they must also be safe. Eco-friendly material is not only safe for our environment, it’s safe for your family.

How Does Insulation Work?

Like a blanket for your home, insulation works by blocking heat transfer. 

When the air gets warmer, it rises. Your ceiling and roof will block some of that air from floating right up to the sky. But without insulation, most of the heat from your home would float away.

Insulation works by creating a barrier to trap air. The air held in place within the insulation acts like a lid on the air in your home. 

Regardless of the type of insulation, insulating your home will make heating and cooling it more efficient. Eco-friendly insulation will accomplish this in a way that minimizes damage to your family and your environment.

What Is Eco-Friendly Insulation?

Eco-friendly insulation materials have requirements beyond their ability to block heat transfer. 

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Safe For People And Pets

They need to be safe for the people in your home. Traditional insulators may irritate the eyes, lungs, or skin. Eco-friendly insulation is human-friendly. 

Environmentally Friendly

Eco-friendly insulation has a smaller carbon footprint than its predecessors. This may be accomplished in a few ways:

  1. The product can be made from recycled products. Blue jeans that would otherwise wind up in the landfill can be shredded and made into insulation. 
  2. Using natural material can cut down on the need for nasty chemicals. Formaldehyde and fire retardant chemicals serve a purpose in insulation production. But the cost of that is adding one more poison to the world. That hurts our health and our planet. 

Boric acid is a naturally-occurring, fire-resistant insecticide used on natural materials.

  1. Eco-friendly insulation requires less energy to produce. Cellulose insulation has insulating values similar to fiberglass but needs about a tenth of the production energy to make.
  2. Many eco-friendly insulators can be recycled at the end of their usable life, reducing the space taken up in landfills.

All insulation is eco-friendly in that it improves energy efficiency by reducing heat loss and the energy needed to keep your home warm. But products that also address the side effects (before the install, people’s health, toxicity to the planet) qualify as eco-friendly.

What Are Some Types Of Eco-Friendly Insulation?

Sheep’s Wool

Sheep’s wool makes a wonderful blanket or pair of socks, so it isn’t surprising that it also works well to blanket your house. 

Wool insulation should be treated with a borate product to make it fire- and insect-resistant. Wool is available in batts that can be rolled into the spaces between ceiling joists.


South Dakota is a land of farmers. Have you ever met a farmer who didn’t want to wring every bit of usefulness out of their things? 

That’s cotton insulation: old denim jeans are broken down and reworked to give them new life. The fiber is shredded — you won’t find Wrangler’s patches in your walls — and made into batts that are rolled into place.

The downside of cotton: it costs about twice as much as fiberglass.

pile of old blue jeans that will be recycled into eco-friendly insulation

Spray-Foam Insulation

It’s debatable whether this product can be called eco-friendly. Polystyrene is a type of plastic. It is made without any toxic chemicals and is entirely recyclable, so it gets a spot on our list. This excellent insulator is also available in foam insulation boards. 

What Is The Best Eco-Friendly Insulation?

Here at SoDak Insulation, we’ve researched the safest and most efficient types of insulation for our fierce South Dakota winters. 

Our recommendation for most homes: blown-in cellulose insulation. 

Cellulose insulation has several qualities that make it number one in our book:

It Does What Insulation Is Supposed To Do

Insulation, first and foremost, needs to work. Cellulose insulation does an excellent job of blocking heat transfer. This means your home will stay cozy in the winter, and you won’t break the bank cooling it in the summer.

Cellulose Is Safe

Cellulose insulation is made from shredded paper. It doesn’t contain the multitude of toxic chemicals found in some other options. A natural borate coating for fire resistance is all it needs.

It’s Good For The Planet

Cellulose is a great use for paper products that would otherwise take up space in the landfill. We use GreenFiber products at SoDak Insulation. This product is made up of 85% recycled materials. That’s good for the planet and everyone on it.

Greenfiber uses 13 times less energy to produce than fiberglass insulation. Less energy output on the front end translates to a better environment for us all.

Greenfiber is produced in the USA, with a manufacturing site right in our own neighborhood. With a plant in Norfolk, NE, we can receive this insulation in the Sioux Falls area without significant windshield time or CO2 emissions. 

We’re Here To Help Make Your Home — And Your Planet — A Healthier And More Comfortable Place

You have lots of choices when it comes to making your home comfortable for your family. In the past, people didn’t know the extent their decisions had on our environment. Today, we need to do more than keep our own small spaces comfortable. We need to consider how our actions affect the larger world. 

SoDak Insulation is here to help you meet your household’s needs while keeping an eye on environmental responsibility. Reach out to us today for a free inspection.

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How to Fix Heat Loss in Homes

With the cooler months’ onset, mitigating heat loss in homes becomes important to keeping energy costs low. The connection between the right insulation and keeping the warm air in is a specialty of SoDak Insulation. Reach out to SoDak Insulation for an inspection or estimate today.

The source of heat loss in the home is typically not limited to one particular escape area. Throughout the house, several places may be problem areas in your home and there may be multiple reasons why the loss is occurring. Discovering the trouble spots and being proactive in treating the issues will raise your energy efficiency and save money.

Where is the Most Heat Loss in Homes?

If you think of your home as a structure similar to the human body, it may be easier to envision where heat loss occurs. We lose heat through areas of our bodies that are the ends of our bodies, such as fingers, toes, and the top of the head.

Keeping our core warm is integral to keeping the rest of the body working right. To accomplish this, we often have to help our own heating system work better by adding “insulation” like warm socks and shoes, gloves, and hats.

Your home functions in much the same way as the human body does in cold weather. Several areas of the home are more easily exposed to cold air and may need that extra padding to prevent heat from escaping. Identifying where heat loss is happening in the walls, windows, and doors will help take steps to reduce heat loss.

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Take It From The Top

Your attic should be the first place to build up that important thermal resistance in keeping cold air out and warm air inside the home. As heat rises, the attic and roof spaces are the number one source of heat loss — just like your head on your body.

Poor ventilation and insulation are the two main avenues to your attic and roof becoming a major source of heat loss in your home. Looking for things like ice dams in the eaves will help you determine how your ventilation is working. 

How much and the type of insulation installed in the attic plays a major role in energy efficiency and preventing heat loss in homes. Adding additional insulation may be the easiest fix for controlling heat loss. 

Being able to tell if you need to add insulation or replace it in your attic is pretty easy: here are some great tips on doing a couple of quick checks without fuss. 

cold man with warm clothing at the window of his home trying to prevent heat loss

The Eyes of the Home

Windows and doors often are the clear culprits in allowing heat to escape your home. As they can be opened and shut, doors and windows allow unwanted cold air to enter your home every time they are opened. This can suck the warm air right out of your home.

There is some great news regarding how to deal with these problem areas in your home. Most issues with doors and windows can be solved by reapplying updated caulking and weatherstripping, which can be done as DIY projects to help save on costs. 

Sometimes if these measures do not mitigate the heat loss, you may need to replace your windows with double or triple glazed windows. Doors also may need to be updated if there are cracks in them that allow heat loss. 

The Fingers and Skin

Walls, windows, and doors combined account for 60% of heat loss in homes. Walls act as the skin in your home. When you are outside on a brisk December day, bundled up in your warm jacket, hat, and mittens, your face will often be icy to the touch of your warm hands. The skin acts as a conductor for the heat inside trying to escape. 

Proper insulation for walls will help act as a covering like socks are for feet. While the exterior walls of your home are battered by frigid cold air, the insulation between these walls and your interior walls is what will prevent the cold from winning that battle. 

Start with making sure caulking and weatherstripping are up to date around the windows and doors. Also, check your electrical outlets to make sure there aren’t drafts coming through them. Make sure to check your heating system itself. It may need to be serviced, flushed, or updated.

In older homes, where insulation has had a chance to wear down or wasn’t installed well or with the right materials, to begin with, this can be a major problem. 

If the walls still appear to be allowing the cold air to pour in, it may be time to call a professional. While replacing wall insulation in your home may be a costly endeavor, having your home’s skin properly insulated will end up saving you loads of money in the long run. 

cold woman using a heater at home because poor insulation

The Toes and Feet

When your feet hit the floors on those freezing winter mornings, you may find yourself wondering if heat rises, why isn’t it hitting your floors from your basements. Most basements and floors lack the “socks and shoes” of insulation like the walls and attics have.

While it’s not common to install insulation in floors and basements, it’s not unheard of either and may end up saving you money in the long run. Increasing your energy efficiency, your heat keeping ability, and the warmth of your home by adding insulation in the floors can help bump up value and make your winter nights a bit warmer.

Ensure Your Thermal Resistance

Reducing heat loss in homes by evaluating how heat is escaping in trouble spots and implementing an action plan to deal with it will be a great cost saver for you in the long run. It also stands to reason that if your insulation is up to date and working great, your cooling costs in the warm summers will be kept down as well.

If you have identified any problem areas in your home, contact SoDak Insulation for a free professional inspection report and estimate today.

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6 Signs It’s Time To Find Home Insulation Services Near You

Perhaps you’ve noticed a draft coming from various places throughout your home. Maybe your home heating bill has skyrocketed. If these or other red flags have alerted you to something not quite right, it may be time for you to search out home insulation services in your area. 

SoDak Insulation is ready to take your request for an inspection or estimate today. Call us and we’ll help you ensure your home is well insulated.

high energy bills indicate the need for home insulation services

1. Skyrocketing Energy Bills 

Most energy companies offer the ability for you to view this year’s energy bill compared side-by-side with the same time last year for your home. This comparison is always a great way to analyze a possible issue. If you notice month after month that your energy costs continue to climb, there is a definite cause for concern.

While insulation is not the only reason your energy bill could become unmanageable, it is one of the biggest telltale signs that insulation may be a culprit. Over time, insulation can settle or may not have been installed well when originally put in. 

Depending on your home’s age and the type of insulation used, poor insulation causes warm air to escape in winter and cool air to escape in the summer months. The escaping air causes your heating and cooling systems to work more often, which in turn uses more energy. 

Paying attention to a pattern related to your energy bills, including spikes at times of extreme temperature shifts like winter and summer, can tip you off that your insulation may need to be inspected.

2. Cold, Damp Walls in Winter

After you’ve received a much higher than normal bill and started questioning what it could mean, there is a simple test to try and determine further if insulation could be the culprit. Go to an interior wall of your home and put your hand to the wall. Is it warm and dry? 

If your walls inside feel damp and cold in a nice and cozy room, you’ve just detected another warning sign that you may need to find home insulation services. Your outside walls should feel the opposite — cool to the touch — as it shows that your insulation is doing its job.

3. Changing Temperatures From Room to Room

If you have to have different layers of clothes for other rooms in your home, you might have a problem with your home insulation. If you’re wearing a sweatshirt in your living room but shorts in your bedroom, further investigation may be needed in a temperature-controlled house.

The heating and cooling systems in today’s homes offer comfortable temperatures that should be even from room to room in the house, keeping your home running as energy-efficiently as possible. Poor insulation can make a room much colder in the winter compared to other rooms, as the heat has an outlet that it wouldn’t have with proper insulation, especially if fiberglass batts were used.

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4. Signs of Unwelcome Critters

Walking into a room and noticing mice dropping in the corner is one of the awful feelings a homeowner could have. Insects in the home where there were none before can induce the same sense of yuck. 

There is a good chance that the influx of signs of critters is an indication that there are openings in your home where there shouldn’t be. Small cracks and aberrations in the walls, foundation, and around doors or windows are letting these unwelcome guests in and letting your welcome warm air escape.

While this lack of air sealing may not be a cause for poor insulation throughout the home, it may be a sign that some additional spray foam insulation may be warranted. An inspection by a professional in insulation solutions company can help determine if this is the case. 

5. Icy Ice Dams

Pretty to look at, maybe, but icicles hanging from your eaves are an unhealthy sign of bad insulation in your home. 

Ice dams are created through a vicious cycle resulting from too much warmth being allowed to escape from the roof of your home that melts away layers of snow and ice on the roof. This melted water meets the cold air again and becomes ice when it hits your gutters, causing dangerous ice formations. 

Not only can these ice dams cause damage to your home on their own, but they also act as another warning that you may have to take a trip up to your attic to do a final evaluation. 

cold young woman in a home with poor insulation

6. Heads Up: Take It to the Attic

As you are journeying around your home, you realize that several of these warning signs are in full effect. Your final stop should be your attic. The top section of your home offers many different clues to the health of your insulation.

When you enter your attic space, you may have an immediate indicator that you need to reach out to home insulation services. As the attic space is not commonly occupied, it’s fairly common that you can see the insulation in the area when you arrive there. Sometimes just taking a look at the attic insulation can tell you all you know about its health. 

If water is present, you have trouble. Moisture and leaks may occur in your attic space because of a couple of different reasons. 

Condensation build-up occurs as the attic space is becoming too warm, and the heat isn’t being distributed properly throughout the home. If there are openings in the roof, and water is leaking in from outside, that also points to the need for insulation. 

Not only can uncontrolled moisture in your space get costly regarding things like insulation, but it also allows for the silent killer mold to grow freely. Paying close attention to any amount of moisture in your attic could help save you more costly repairs in the future — and help protect your health!

Contact Home Insulation Services Near You Today

Making your home more comfortable by addressing any issues and ensuring your current insulation is properly insulating is important to keeping your house a home. Utilizing professional insulation installers can be the best step you can take to make this happen. 

SoDak Insulation is happy to provide a free estimate and inspection report. Reach out today to find out how we can help keep your home warm!

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Is Cheap Attic Insulation Worth It?

We all know that insulating your attic is a good thing, but how much do the details matter? Does the kind of insulation you choose make that much of a difference? And does this really count as a DIY project?

Here at SoDak Insulation, we have made insulating your attic our number one concern. Whether you are contemplating cheap attic insulation or wondering if it is even worth starting the project, we can help. Read on for our top tips and insider advice, and you will be an insulation expert in no time!

Why Insulate Your Attic?

Before we get into the pros and cons of cheap attic insulation, you may ask why you should bother in the first place? This issue is a particular concern in warm climates, where heating the home is less of an urgent priority.

The simplest answer can be found in physics: heat rises. When air is heated, it expands, causing it to become less dense than the surrounding particles. Because the hot air is now less dense than the cold air around it, it rises up and to the top of the house: the attic.

Of course, the hot air doesn’t automatically stop when it hits the attic. If your attic is inadequately insulated, it will simply keep going. As a result, you will have to spend more money heating your home. Without insulation, a huge amount of the heat generated will simply be lost forever.

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What Are The Types of Insulation?

There are a range of options when it comes to choosing an insulation material. 

Batt or Blanket Insulation

Batt insulation, also known as blanket insulation, is one of the most common selections. It comes in several variations: foil-backed felt, rocks, glass or mineral fiber — and it is easy to install. 

This option is perfect for exposed wall cavities and easily accessible spaces, though it may be too bulky for smaller apertures. Any fiberglass insulation needs to be handled with care.

Loose-Fill Insulation

Another popular choice for cheap attic insulation is loose-fill. This option is constructed from granular or lightweight materials. Common choices include cellulose insulation, recycled newspaper, cork granules, or mineral wool. 

Loose-fill options are a great choice for obstacles or awkward shapes. They can, however, risk coming loose if the attic is particularly draughty.

Sheet Loft Insulation

Sheet loft insulation is designed for the sloping side of your roof and takes the form of solid boards. Depending on your selection, they can be made moisture-resistant and fire-proof, as well as offering insulation properties. 

Options include straw, cork, and wood. These can offer a perfect fit if you are investing in a complete loft conversion. Once complete, the boards can be covered in plasterboard for a neat finish.

Blown-in Insulation

As the name suggests, this option involves insulation being blown into gaps between joists. In most cases, the task needs to be carried out by an experienced professional. 

Recycled paper and wool can help boost eco-credentials, and this type of insulation is lightweight and easy to handle. On the downside, it is amongst the most expensive options.

cheap attic insulation in a house

How Does Attic Insulation Help?

Attic insulation may set you back the initial insulation cost, but you can soon recoup any losses. Making sure that your attic is securely insulated helps to improve the energy efficiency of your home. 

It also helps by reducing air leaks and helping to reduce the heating and cooling costs of your home. You will soon find yourself making serious savings, allowing even cheap attic insulation to pay for itself in a few years.

Additionally, attic insulation is a sure-fire way to boost the value of your home. This is also a great way of making it more appealing to buyers should you decide to sell in the future. A potential buyer will see the value in insulation. In time, this could help you secure your desired asking price with minimal fuss.

What Do I Need To Do Before Choosing Cheap Attic Insulation?

Before deciding on your preferred insulation, there are a few steps to get your attic ready for a transformation.

Consider the current condition.

Before you start, evaluate the existing condition of your attic. This will help you to determine the best insulation for your needs. If you find wet or damp patches or mold or rotten wood areas, you may have a leak. 

If this is the case, it will need to be fixed before you insulate. Take a structural engineer up with you to catch any problems and make sure the area is ready to go.

Seal the space.

Once you have evaluated and addressed any issues, you need to ensure that the attic is air sealed. This means sealing up and removing holes, cracks, or gaps — these allow air to transfer from inside to outside. If left untreated, you will be unable to maintain a consistent, desired temperature.

Common options for sealing include spray foam insulation, designed to expand, and caulk. You will still need to leave ventilation after sealing; this is best left to the experts for a smooth, professional finish.

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Remember existing insulation.

In some cases, you may be able to simply update or replace your existing insulation. This is an easy way to enjoy cheap attic insulation and can be a great way to save some serious cash if you are insulating on a budget.

Choose your insulation.

Before you decide, there are three considerations: the desired R-value, the available space, and the cost. 

The R-value relates to the rating for the thermal resistance per inch of material. The higher this number, the better the insulation. 

Different types of insulation will need different amounts of space to allow for effective insulation. As an example, fiberglass batts typically have an R-value of 2.9-3.8 per inch. Therefore, to achieve R 49, you will need 13 – 17 inches thick — this can be tricky in confined spaces.

Cost is another important factor, and this is where cheap attic insulation comes in useful. Fiberglass bats tend to be the most affordable option, but any tears or damage can reduce efficiency. 

Ultimately, you need to decide whether you would rather save money now and risk a bill later. Alternatively, you can choose to invest a little more to start with.

Still Undecided?

Here at SoDak Insulation, we have made it our mission to advise and assist on all insulation matters. Our experienced team has the skills and qualifications to carry out full attic insulations. We can also offer professional advice on the best options. 

Why not leave your job in the professionals’ hands, and let us take care of the hard work for you? Get in touch today, and enjoy an estimate or full inspection.

Attic Insulation

Save Money This Winter with Home Insulation Services

In a world of current uncertainty, finding ways to cut back on costs is crucial for many of us. Making the most of home insulation services may not be the most obvious choice. It is, however, a great chance to save the pennies and stay cozy this winter.

Here at SoDak Insulation, we are dedicated to helping our customers secure their homes — even on a budget. Why not get in touch before the winter months hit, and see how our free estimate could help you stay snug and secure?

What Are Home Insulation Services?

As the name suggests, the term ‘home insulation services’ refers to available options to help you insulate your home. This concept helps keep the property warmer by reducing heat loss and helps make your home more energy-efficient.

For many of us, staying warm accounts for a large percentage of our energy bills. A surprising amount of heat is lost each year through inadequate insulation. Research from the US Department of Energy confirms that 49% of energy consumption is used to heat or cool homes. Over time, this can lead to some very high bills.

house in cold winter snow

Do I Need Home Insulation?

You should start by checking the current situation, by removing electrical outlets or unfinished surfaces to check for existing insulations. There are a few signs which may indicate that your home could benefit from additional insulation:

  • Very high power bills when heating or cooling
  • Icicles on the rooftop in the winter months
  • Drafts — usually around a window or dryer vent
  • Fluctuating temperatures between rooms — this could show an issue in a particular area of the home.


What Are My Options?

Home insulation services offer several different varieties of insulation and insulation materials. The type of insulation you choose will ultimately depend on your own setup and the areas in your home which most require attention.

Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is one of the most common ways to boost your overall home insulation. The roof comprises an enormous area of your home, and it is situated at the top of the house. As we know, heat rises, which means that most heat lost will be at the top of the house — from the attic. 

Most home insulation services will start with this part of the house, as it can have the most dramatic impact on reducing energy costs. There are two main options available, depending on your type of attic. The easiest is designed for an unfinished space and simply requires you to add layers to your flooring on top of the existing material.

insulation in a home

The second option is to finish the attic and place insulation against the roof. This is the more useful option in most cases as it provides complete insulation. Additionally, if the heating and cooling ducts pass through this space or are in a humid client, roof insulation is the way to go.

When it comes to getting the work done, there are two solutions. Those looking to cut costs can go the DIY route — in which case take care not to compress the material. Alternatively, it is possible to hire professional insulation contractors. 

The latter will often open you up to better materials, such as cellulose insulation or fiberglass, which can fit crevices more snugly. Most home insulation services and contractors will also spray foam polyethylene on the roof. This process helps block water and molds to the shape of the rafters.

Wall Insulation

Wall insulation is perhaps the most popular option once the attic has been taken care of and is one of the popular insulation solutions. As a bonus, it is usually fast and relatively painless, especially in stud bays. Once again, cellulose and fiberglass insulation are the most popular, while rock wool also works well.

It should be noted that if your walls are already insulated, you will need to remove drywall and plaster to add more. This can drive up costs and reduce any potential savings. If you are in this situation, there are other home insulation services you can take advantage of, such as attics and crawl spaces.

Crawl Spaces

Did you know you can make the most of your crawl space by using it to cut down on energy bills? Up to 30% of all energy loss can occur at the bottom of your house, making this a must for insulation. 

There are two main options here: walls or floors. In the former, the crawl space is treated as an outdoor area and insulated beneath the floor. In the former, the focus is on the walls.

Though the latter is less common, it is cheaper. The process involves closing all exterior vents — except any needed for any exhaust or combustion air — and insulating the walls. The space is then treated as though it is indoors, and less material is required. The walls can then be finished to neatly hide any insulation.

house wrapped in a scarf on a radiator to indicate home insulation services

What Will I Save?

Home insulation services put off some homeowners due to cost, and this is a valid concern. In particular, the attic can prove a costly project and may command a bill of $1000 – $2000 if done correctly and with the best material.

However, there are estimates that the average homeowner can make savings of 15% on heating and cooling costs. This translates as an impressive 11% of the total energy costs by merely adding adequate insulation. 

This can add up to savings of around $200 per year — and the figures increase in colder areas. Climate zones six and seven can see savings of up to 20%, making this a worthwhile investment.

The long-term future is also positive; houses with the correct insulation can often command a higher price on the market. This is good news if you decide to sell. Home insulation services are seen as an investment in the property and attractive to buyers.

In addition to the financial benefits, adding insulation to your home means that it is a more comfortable and pleasant place to be. You will be able to enjoy the space all year round, with no fluctuations in temperature or high energy bills. 

This is a chance to remain cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. As an added bonus, many homeowners report that insulation also offers noise protection, allowing you much needed peace and quiet.

How Can We Help?

Here at SoDak Insulation, we know a thing or two about home insulation! We are keen to help our customers enjoy their homes comfortably and in the most cost-effective manner. Better still, we have the secret weapon to help you achieve this. Reach out today for a free estimate, and prepare to start enjoying your home once more.