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Drywall / February 28, 2023
Whether you are preparing to build a new house or renovating your existing home, installing insulation is an important step. You may try to skimp on insulation in an effort to save money, but ultimately, insulation saves you on utility costs because it makes it easier to cool and heat your home. If you’re making home repairs or building an addition, here are five things you need to know about drywall and insulation.
Damp areas of your home are prime environments for mould growth, but even if you keep other spaces dry, walls that are missing installation allow warm air to penetrate cold air, resulting in condensation. This condensation promotes mould growth. You can avoid this problem by making sure that all exterior walls have proper insulation.
If you don’t use your attic frequently, you may not think about the amount of insulation in it. However, heat rises, so improper amounts of insulation cause you to lose warm air through your attic, resulting in higher utility bills. Your attic should have up to 13 inches of loose fill or up to 19 inches of fibreglass batting to form proper insulation. If you think your attic is too cold, you should add some insulation to keep warm air from escaping your house.
In most cases, insulation prevents condensation that promotes mould growth. That’s why it’s important to install insulation in most exterior walls. It reduces energy costs and makes it easier for your home to maintain a comfortable temperature. However, you should not install insulation in any walls that are close to outside water sources, because in this case, insulation is more likely to grow mould and mildew.
Fibreglass batting is the most popular type of insulation for walls. However, it’s the batting is not cut properly, it will not fit snugly into your walls. It’s best to measure carefully and add a quarter inch to ensure a snug fit. Cutting batting can be tricky, so it’s usually best to let a professional cut and install it.
You may think that stuffing batting into narrow spaces may help with energy and utility costs, but overstuffing insulation actually lowers efficiency. Crumpled batting results in small gaps between the walls. Cutting batting for a precise fit is the best way to avoid overstuffing.
Installing insulation may seem like an easy project, but it requires special techniques and knowledge to do correctly. Improper insulation causes more problems than not having insulation, so it is best to hire a professional for help to ensure it is done correctly.
For residents of Saskatoon, Handyman Connection is here to help. Our expert craftsmen excel in many types of handyman work, and we have the knowledge needed to install insulation properly. We’ll examine your home to make sure we understand the scope of your project and it help you see areas where you need more insulation. Not only do we promise to install insulation quickly and efficiently, but we also promise to clean up our mess and leave your home as clean as we found it after ensuring you are satisfied with the final project. We can help you lower energy costs and keep your home at a more comfortable temperature.
Handyman Connection provides insulation and drywall services in Saskatoon. If you need help installing insulation for any type of drywall project, contact us today to get an estimate and schedule a consultation with one of our craftsmen.