What’s Up There…?
Ah, the attic. The muggle version of the Room of Requirement. Home to many a holiday and childhood past, this lofty room first and foremost houses the insulation. It can also, rather unfortunately, house another unwanted guest: rodents. So how do you arm your attic so that it can function properly in its heat retaining job while also making the space uninhabitable for rodents and other critters? Well, let’s weigh a few things.
What Type Of Insulation Do I Even Need?
Insulation, as we all know, helps contain heat inside a house during those cold, blustery winter months or it can reflect heat from outside the house trying to get in during the hot summer months by making a radiant barrier. Insulation is rated on an R-value scale, the measurement of its resistance to conductive heat flow, and whatever that R-value is will determine how much insulation you need to meet the standards of your area. Weather and climate patterns of your area will determine what type of insulation works best for your home.
Insulation comes in many different forms being made from a variety of materials from rigid boards of polystyrene, to the loose-fill and blown-in made of rock or slag wool, fiberglass, and cellulose, to the water-blown spray foam. Reflective insulation is foil-faced and placed on the outermost layer to reflect heat. There are also Green insulations made from organic materials such as recycled denim and sheep’s wool. These materials are golden for those wishing to reduce waste as well as the use of toxic chemicals in their homes. They may not be the cheapest option, but if reducing waste and toxicity in your home matters, it’s a worthy investment as they have similar R-value rating as their fiberglass counterparts.
Uh-huh, sooooo what about rodents?
If you’re in the market to replace your home’s insulation, or you’re building from the ground up and want things done the right way the first time, there are certain types of insulation to consider for their rodent abatement properties. Rodents are a problem no homeowner wants to encounter. They either scratch away at your home’s insulation and carry it off to build their nests, or worse, they burrow into the insulation as it sits inside your walls and nest right there with you. (Howdy, neighbor!) If there’s too much room in your insulation, your home is already at risk. Spray foam insulation or polyester based insulations typically work best for preventing rodents from infiltrating your attic as the tightly closed fibers make it impossible to scratch away to be carried off, and they can also trap the claws of the rats, so they take care to avoid these types of insulation altogether. Polyester insulations also typically don’t use glue to hold its materials together, which will also prevent the infestation of ants as glues in insulations carry a sweet smell that is pure heaven for an ant.
Whether you plan to decorate and use your attic as a mausoleum to memories gone by, or you simply need it to function at its most efficient while being completely unattractive to rodents starting with a solid insulation will save you energy, money, and the hassle of having to go rodent hunting every season. Call Green Attic Pros for a rodent proofing green insulation solution.