Often times the homes attic is as neglected as the red headed step child. It is important to have adequate access into the attic for occasional inspection and to be sure there have not been any home invasions by unwelcomed vermin.
Whether located in a bedroom closet or the garage ceiling, it is important that the entry hatch is also insulated or it will create a vacuum loosing all the energy from the living space below.
Insulation compresses over time and needs to be freshened up to have adequate loft for the best efficiency. Insulation companies can blow in additional insulation to increase the loft that may have been compressed over time.
The efficiency value of insulation is determined by the “R” value. The “R” stands for “Resistance of thermal flow”. The higher the “R” factor the higher the resistance of heat into the dwelling or heat escaping the dwelling. R value basically measures the ability of heat to transfer to one side to another.
Depending on which zone you live in our country would determine the depth required in your attic. Usually for Central Missouri – a target R factor would be R49. So, depending on type of insulation used, we would want to see greater than 12”-15” of insulation (non compressed) in your attic.
Not sure what you have in your attic? Give Pillar Premier Inspections a call and we would be happy to inspect your attic to determine if you are in need of any attention up there. We can check your sheathing, insulation, rafters, ventilation, etc. Call Right Now To Schedule: Lake of Ozarks – (573) 363-5511 or Springfield – (417) 893-0770