If you've recently bought an old home, your home inspector may suggest that you should have your attic's insulation replaced before too long. Upon hearing this news, you might think about reading a step-by-step guide on this process and buying the insulation with the intention of putting it in place yourself. In general, the average person can indeed do this job, as it's not overly complicated. However, there are several reasons that it's a better idea to contact a couple local insulation installation contractors, get some quotes, and choose an expert to perform this task for you. Here are some reasons that you don't want to do this job yourself.
It's Not Overly Pleasant
There's little that is enjoyable about insulating an attic. In order to work with insulation, you must cover the bulk of your skin with clothing or protective gear to avoid irritation. Even with all the right protective gear, you still might find that certain areas of your skin are itchy after the job, your eyes are irritated from the tiny insulation fibers, and you're sneezing and coughing more than usual. Partway through working with the insulation, in fact, you might be regretting taking a do-it-yourself approach. When you hire a professional, you'll get to skip the onerous nature of this job.
You Need To Know The Right Amount
Insulating an attic isn't just a matter of laying down some insulation batts until the floor is covered. You need to be aware of exactly how much insulation to put down. If you don't use enough batts, your house will lose heat through the attic and roof, and this will cost you money due to escalated heating bills. If you put too much insulation down, you'll have wasted money by buying too much of it. A professional will know the exact right amount of insulation to use based on the size of your attic.
There Are Some Risks
Doing an insulation job poorly can lead to some risks — the most serious of which is the potential of a fire in your house. Older houses can have wires running through the attic, and it's possible that the wiring isn't up to code. Bare wires could be present, and if you jam insulation batts around a stretch of bare wiring, it's possible for the current to occasionally spark and catch the insulation on fire. An attic fire can be devastating because, unlike a kitchen fire, you won't always know that it has started and be able to extinguish it quickly.