When Should I Replace the Insulation in My Attic?

If the insulation that is located in your attic starts to deteriorate, it is quite likely that you will soon start to experience a wide assortment of problems. Examples of these issues include loss of indoor air control, extremely high energy bills, pest infestations, and even health risks.

Every 10 to 15 years an audit should be performed on your home’s insulation. In addition to this, you should consider the type of insulation in the attic. 

What Is the Purpose of Insulation? 

The insulation in the attic is an essential component of the home. It aids in ensuring that the living temperatures within the home are at a comfortable level. It works to trap or to block cold air or hot air, depending on the time of year.

To ensure optimal comfort levels, minimal energy costs, and to protect the home, an annual inspection of the insulation is recommended. 

Factors That Should Be Considered

In order to determine if you need new insulation, there are many factors that should be considered. These include the following:

  • How old is the insulation material that is present in the attic?
  • Is it obvious that there is moisture in the attic?
  • Is there a leak in the roof that has yet to be resolved, or a previous leak that has been fixed?
  • Do you see mold or mildew in the attic or on the insulation? 
  • Is there a lot of dirt, dust, or other types of debris present on the insulation? 
  • How thick is the insulation? 

Signs That Immediate Insulation Replacement is Necessary

There are several signs that it is necessary to immediately replace the insulation within the attic. These include the following:

  1. The insulation has been moved or has experienced some type of compromise
  2. The home that you live in is considered to be quite old and the insulation has not been previously replaced
  3. You have observed mold and mildew in the attic or directly on the insulation that is within the attic
  4. The insulation is very dirty or it is very dusty
  5. The roof is damaged and/or there is a leak that is present in the attic
  6. You have found that pests have infested the attic – be it bugs, bats, or other types of creatures

General Statistics 

It has been estimated that most of the attic insulation placed in homes is capable of lasting up to a century; however, each home is unique.

What lasts 80 years in one home could last 10 years in another home. This is why it is important to ensure that you have annual inspections and regularly-scheduled audits of your home’s insulation. 

Contact Us Today 

If it is time for new insulation, you may contact us here at Southern Industries Home Improvements. We specialize in a wide assortment of home improvement products and projects.

When you call, be sure to inquire about our low-cost installation special. Dial the following to speak to one of our specialists now: +1 (843) 868-5757



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