When is it time to replace old insulation?

If your home is more than 10 years old, you likely need to replace your insulation. Insulation wears down over time, and if it’s not replaced, your home will be less energy-efficient and you’ll end up spending a lot more money on utilities.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss when it’s time to replace old insulation and the best way to go about doing it. Stay cool this summer and warm this winter by following our tips!

How long does insulation last?

The answer to this question depends on the type of insulation you have. Fiberglass insulation, for example, can last up to 40 years. However, most other types of insulation will only last around 20 years.

The life span of various types of insulation materials

– Fiberglass: Up to 40 years

– Mineral wool: 20 to 30 years

– Cellulose: 15 to 20 years

– Polystyrene (expanded and extruded): 15 to 20 years

As you can see, fiberglass is the most durable type of insulation. If your home has fiberglass insulation, you probably won’t need to replace it for many years. However, if you have any other type of insulation, you’ll likely need to replace it within the next few years.

When is it time to replace old insulation?

If your home is more than 20 years old or if you notice that your energy bills are rising even though you’re not using any more energy, it’s probably time to replace your insulation. You may also want to replace your insulation if it’s damaged or if there are gaps in it.

If your home has suffered roof damage or leaks, your insulation may be compromised. For example, if the insulation gets wet, it can become moldy and will need to be replaced.

Clear signs that it’s time to replace insulation in your home

If you’re not sure if you need to replace old insulation, here’s a quick reference list of signs to consider.

– Your energy bills are rising even though you’re not using any more energy

– There are gaps in your insulation

– Your insulation is damaged

– Your home has suffered roof damage or leaks

If you’ve noticed any -or multiple- of these signs, it’s time to call in a professional.

Is it difficult to replace insulation?

No, replacing insulation is actually quite easy! But to be safe and ensure the job is done correctly, it’s best to hire a professional.

They’ll handle any necessary cleanup and disposal of old materials and make sure your home has the proper amount of insulation so your heating and cooling systems operate most efficiently.

Can I put new insulation on top of the old?

You can, but it’s not recommended. This will make your home harder to heat and cool and could lead to mold growth. It’s much better to remove the old insulation completely before adding new insulation.

When you hire a professional insulation installer, they’ll remove the old materials and replace them. Depending on the age of your home and insulation, they’ll likely add newer insulation that’s more efficient and eco-friendly, too!

Is it better to remove old insulation?

It is! Not only will this give you a chance to inspect your home for any damage, but it will also allow you to add fresh insulation that will be more effective than the old stuff.

Again, when you bring in a professional, they’ll do a full inspection of the area. If your insulation is damaged because of a leak or pest infestation, you’ll need to address that issue. A professional can come in and inspect the space to tell you of any other steps that need to be taken to protect your home.

Takeaways

Replacing your home’s insulation may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite easy – and necessary – if you want to keep your energy bills low and your home comfortable all year long. Use our tips above to help you determine when it’s time to replace old insulation and the best way to go about doing it.

If you have any questions or need help with your home’s insulation, give us a call! We’re always happy to help.

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