DIY tasks are a great way to save some money on your home improvement projects. However, you must be careful to use the correct tools and materials and follow the required procedures. Installing attic insulation is one task many homeowners prefer to take on their own because it is often fairly straightforward. Unfortunately, if you are not careful enough, especially if it is your first time installing the insulation, you can make some mistakes that might cost you hundreds in the long run. Some heads-ups tips before you start your project are usually essential. Therefore, be watchful of these three things when installing insulation in your attic.
Type of Insulation
Each type of insulation is designed to work best in specific places and situations. Even with the correct tools or the required procedures, your attic insulation will not be as effective if you use the wrong type of insulation. Fortunately, the state of your attic will help you choose the most suitable insulation. For instance, a loose-fill insulation requires something to contain it. This means if the joists in your attic aren't high enough to do this (contain the insulation), the insulation may not be the option you need. However, if you must use loose-fill insulation, you can affix extra beams to your attic joists to make them high enough to hold your insulation in place. A whole house fan in your attic will also fail to contain a loose-fill type of insulation. For this reason, you may want to use blanket insulation instead.
Obstacles and Tight/Strangely Shaped Spaces
Installing your insulation around obstacles such as boards, nooks, and beams or around tight and oddly shaped areas in your attic can be challenging. Don't cut corners to fit the insulation in the areas or jam-pack it in the tight spaces. Doing this will only compromise the insular capacity of the insulation. Instead, take your time and cut the insulation to the required shapes. This might take some time but it is beneficial in the long run.
One thing you might overlook when installing your insulation is to secure it properly. This will only cause the insulation to roll over or even fall with time because as it absorbs moisture, it will become heavier, allowing it to shift from its original position. While there are multiple ways to secure your insulation, one great way to ensure you are doing it properly is to use a staple gun and a bailing wire to hold it in place.