Things to Know About Blown Insulation, & Why You Should Entrust Installation to a Pro

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Why Having the Right Insulation Matters

Insulation is a necessary component of your home’s structure which serves multiple important functions. It keeps your home at a more constant temperature, seals your home from air and moisture intrusion, helps regulate humidity, and serves to help prevent mold and mildew development. With new construction, batt insulation is often cut to fit between wall studs and ceiling joists before wallboard is applied, and then other forms of insulation may then be added or applied.

But does your home have enough insulation? Many assume that as long as they have the basic minimum of insulation in their home, then that’s all they need. Unfortunately, that’s often a false assumption. Many of today’s homes – and especially older homes – are really under-insulated. But if your home falls into that category, what can you do about it?

Blown-In Insulation: What It Is, & How It Works

Blown insulation – also called loose-fill or blown-in insulation – is a loose type of insulation which is typically comprised of one of three materials: fiberglass, mineral wood, or cellulose (or some combination of these). Blown insulation is placed where needed in the same manner that the name suggests; the loose insulation is literally blown into attics, inside wall spaces, and in other cavity areas with specialized hoses and equipment. Blown insulation can be used to augment existing insulation, or it can also be utilized as a primary form of insulation in its own right.

Blown Insulation: Best for Filling Attics & Wall Cavities, and Other Benefits

What makes blown insulation a preferred insulation choice? It really offers plenty of benefits and advantages that are worth your consideration:

  • Blown insulation can be used to fill cracks, crevices, cavities, and hard-to-reach spaces which would otherwise be very difficult to insulate
  • Has a higher R-value than boards or batts, so it’s more efficient at preventing heat loss and energy waste
  • Can reduce utility costs up to 50 percent, depending on your particular climate and on how much insulation was (or wasn’t) already present
  • Resistant to mold, mildew, and fire
  • Provides additional noise buffering
  • Controls humidity better
  • Mold-, mildew-, and fire-resistant
  • Could qualify you for specific federal energy tax credits

Why It’s Really Best to Entrust Blown Insulation Installation to the Pros

Choosing to add blown-in insulation to your home or business really is a smart decision for energy efficiency and other reasons. At the same time, blown insulation is probably not something you should take on as a DIY project for yourself. The fact of the matter is that blown insulation requires some specialized equipment for installation, and if you don’t have the training and expertise to handle these tools and materials correctly, you could end up making a big mess of things. Here are some more reasons you should entrust the job to a professional:

Efficiency of installation

A professional contractor can get the job done quickly, with a much better likelihood of a desirable result! In other words, professionals are trained for this, they do it every day, and they can get the job done right for you, in much less time. A DIY approach is fine for many things, but blown insulation really isn’t one of them. 

Inspections and permits

By hiring a professional local contractor, you’ll ensure that all building codes are being followed, and that all necessary permits will be in hand. Just make sure to choose an insulation service provider that’s licensed, bonded, and insured. And if you’re located in NC or southwestern VA, Skywalker Windows & Siding has all of those bases covered! 

Lower energy costs

A pro like Skywalker can make sure that blown insulation particles are distributed correctly, making sure to minimize unnecessary load pressure on your ceilings and walls. This will also ensure that your insulation will be situated to deliver the best possible energy efficiency for you and your home. 

Home health and hazards

Hiring a professional is also a smart idea when it comes to the health of your home and any potential hazards that could be encountered in the insulation process. Asbestos can be an issue that’s still present in older homes, and an insulation pro knows how to test your old insulation and act accordingly, depending upon what they may find in the process. Allowing a professional to handle your blown insulation will also minimize the possibility of loose insulation being accidentally blown into your interior living space.

Let Skywalker Windows & Siding Provide Your Blown Insulation Solutions!

Home and business owners across North Carolina and southwestern Virginia have trusted Skywalker for quality roofing, windows, siding, blown insulation, and other building improvement services for years. Why? Because we’ve earned their trust through the quality of our workmanship and through the thoroughness and personal attention we provide through our individualized customer service! We’d be glad to schedule a time for a FREE initial inspection of your property, along with a sit-down consultation with you. We’ll objectively discuss all of our findings with you, we’ll take the time to listen, and we’ll walk with you every step of the way.

Skywalker Windows & Siding currently serves the entire NC Piedmont Triad, Piedmont Triangle, Charlotte Metro/Lake Norman region, and Roanoke, VA area, and we’d be glad to serve your needs, too! Reach out to us today at (336) 265-9595, and experience the Skywalker difference for yourself!

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Owner - Skywalker Windows and Siding

Luke Wilson started working on roofs with his dad when he was a teenager, and eventually launched Skywalker Roofing in 2003. Skywalker operates in 5 locations across NC & VA, and now includes windows, siding, and other exterior services. Luke also hosts the popular Roofing Mythbusters series on YouTube.


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