What to Know Before Installing Insulation

Regardless of the type of Aurora siding material that you choose for your home, the insulation has to be installed accurately by a professional in order for you to get the full value and benefit of what you’ve invested in it. In fact, it usually takes a full team of skilled workers to properly install insulation, and while your insulation contractor will be there to supervise the installation, they’ll be communicating and working closely with your builder as well.

While installing high-quality insulation is important, the way in which it is installed can make or break its performance. For example, if you install fibrous insulation material over a surface that has cracks, gaps and air voids, the expected performance of that insulation immediately drops by almost 50%. So, make sure you hire an experienced Aurora vinyl siding contractor to do the job, which you can find by asking your architect or builder for references.

Just make sure that they’ll be able to deliver the appropriate thermal protection (R-Value) required by your home, and they are familiar with the different types of insulation that are available.

Things to Consider During the Installation Process

At this point, your goal should be to make sure that your installer enables you to get the most out of your insulation’s thermal management properties.   

Basically, you should look out for the following:

Visit the construction site during the vinyl siding Aurora, CO installation to make sure that it’s not being forcefully smashed and compressed into the wall cavity, but rather installed properly and efficiently.

Inspect the junction boxes to make sure that there’s enough insulation around the back, around the pipes as well as the wiring. The best method usually involves splitting the insulation so that one side of it is wrapped around the wire and the other on the pipes to make sure that they’re fully sheathed. Failure to properly wrap insulation around the pipe will make it vulnerable to freezing.

Check to see if access points like bock grills and vents have not been blocked with insulation, as is often the case with hastily installed insulation. Blocking the ventilation system in your house with insulation can seriously compromise and eventually damage its functionality. Make sure to talk to your contractor about avoiding these areas before the installation starts.

Where Should Insulation Be Installed?

As a homeowner, you should also know where the insulation needs to go, and what types of insulation go in which area.

Typically, it’s recommended to install insulation in the following five areas:

Your attic, using fiberglass and/or cellulose

Interior and exterior walls, using rigid boards with a vapor barrier. For interior walls specifically, foam, fiberglass batts and cellulose work extremely well.

The floors, using traditional fiberglass batts and rigid foam boards.

Crawl spaces can be insulated with fiberglass, cellulose or foam.

The basement should be insulated with fiberglass and rigid boards for the best results.

As you can see, there’s quite a large variety of vinyl siding Aurora, CO materials to choose from, all of which work for different areas in your house. Just make sure to consult with your builder regarding which materials are better suited for the environment that you’re in because climate can also play a role in the type and amount of insulation required.