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Is your attic insulation low? Got high energy bills? House uncomfortable?
If yes, then you are in the right place! At Stellrr, we fix uncomfortable homes! We lower your electric bill. And we do this by addressing attic insulation Austin Texas. Questions? Call Stellrr at 512-580-5807 today!
On this page, I have answered some of the most common questions we get about Austin attic insulation. After reading this page, the next step is to book a Diagnostic Consult. And watch the 10 Secrets Videos.
Why not simply get a quote to top up your attic insulation? You will soon find out why that is almost the WORST thing you can do to your house. Mal-Practice.
Reasons why your old or new home may be uncomfortable. How attic insulation can help.
What is the correct depth for attic insulation Austin?
Many people ask “How much attic insulation is enough? How much R-value should I have?”
Most Austin attic insulation is deficient. Homes are under-insulated according to the current IECC and City of Austin building code requirements. Why? Before the year 2000, there were NO energy codes required minimums for insulation. Plus, even newly constructed homes can be uncomfortable or have damaged attic insulation near Austin Texas. Questions? Call Stellrr at 512-580-5807 today!
Unfortunately, the problem is often bigger than simply the amount of insulation in the attic.
What is an easy way to know if you need your attic insulation addressed? If you can see the joists in your attic floor, then your own home is under-insulated. You want to have at least an R-49 (COA code went from R-38 up to R-49 in 2021). BUT, many homes are still uncomfortable even with the proper R-value on the floor. Why? Check out my video Secret 1 for info!
Attic Insulation Materials Comparison
There are several different attic insulation materials to compare. Below is a comparison of the two materials we believe will provide the best results.
How can Stellrr fix my attic with blown cellulose insulation?
We believe attics must be air sealed, before insulating. So our process is very different than most contractors who just “Put Lipstick on a Pig” and don’t fix comfort or energy savings problems.
- Here Stellrr removed the soiled attic insulation near Austin.
- Air sealed the penetrations and leaky cracks.
- Encapsulated the HVAC system air ducts to ensure your air conditioning is delivered at the perfect temperature.
- Lastly, blew in Energy Star highly recommended level of R-60 All Boric Cellulose attic insulation.
What about foam attic insulation near Austin Texas?
Since spray foam insulation is applied to the roof-decking and rafters on the attic ceiling, the R-value required is only R-25 of open cell foam. Why? For starters, spray foam is a significantly better performing product, and it is a barrier for all 3-types of heat transfer. Plus, with spray foam, you don’t need an extra radiant barrier because spray foam takes care of radiant heat for you. Questions? Call Stellrr at (512) 580-5807 today!
Why does spray foam only require R-25 to meet code requirements when the City of Austin requires R-49 for blown insulation? The difference is this: R-49 is the prescriptive code. Meaning, how the code was written. But, the City recognizes that R-25 preforms equal to or better than the R-49 prescribed code. Prescriptive vs Performance code.
Here is a short video I made demonstrating the performance difference of Fiberglass versus Spray Foam.
Which attic insulation material is best for the Austin Texas area?
This is a very common question. The fact is that it depends on how you plan to use the building. If you are a production builder and just want to meet code requirements while building the cheapest product, then I have one answer. However, if you are the one who is going to own the building for at least 3-years and pay utility bill, then there is a significantly different and better option. Check out my video Secret 8 for what they don’t want you to know!
Where to install Austin attic insulation?
Short answer is, the entire attic floor should be covered with insulation. If you are using spray foam, then the attic ceiling (roof deck) should be sprayed. If you have vaulted ceilings, or multiple ceiling heights, then insulation must be stuck to the back of the drywall. We often see hot spots in one room where there is a raised ceiling. Fiberglass batt insulation is often stuffed up against the raised ceiling wall, and falls down (becoming useless) over time. Questions? Call Stellrr at (512) 580-5807 today!
Batt insulation in attics is a problem building assembly.
How does Fiberglass perform compared to All Boric Cellulose?
When to add attic insulation?
The best time to have planted a tree was 30 years ago. The next best time is today. Likewise, it would be great to have fixed the problem building assembly in your attic when it was cheaper. But attic insulation costs are only going up.
You can continue to pay to waste energy and be uncomfortable. Or you can fix things and be saving money down the road. Plus, more importantly, you will be creating a healthier, safer environment for your family.
The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to fix your attic insulation.
You can fix it now, and enjoy the increased comfort. Or you can pay to fix it when you sell the home, and the deficiency is required to be fixed. But then you don’t get to enjoy any of the benefit. Make sense?
When to remove or replace attic insulation?
It is more costly to remove insulation than it is to simply add more on top of the existing insulation. Before learning how to insulate an attic in Texas, you need to know about removal. Here are a few reasons why you would want existing insulation removed:
- Is someone living in the building allergic to the insulation material installed?
- Does someone in the building have a sensitivity to outside allergens coming into the Austin home via the vented envelope?
- Is there excessive dust, dust mites, and other things filtering into the home via the attic?
- Have animals nested and left feces behind that is venting into your air space?
- Do you have mold or too much moisture in your attic?
- Do you have asbestos in your old attic insulation?
When you remove the insulation, you can hire the insulation installation crew to air-seal the attic floor if you are replacing the insulation with another blown or batt material. If you are creating a closed envelope with spray foam, you can then remove nasty old insulation and create storage space across your attic floor. Questions? Call Stellrr at (512) 580-5807 today!
The bottom line is that, insulating an attic, without air sealing is Mal-practice!
Why is it Mal-Practice to Insulate without Air Sealing?
Calculator: how much insulation do I need in my attic in Texas?
Your best bet is to have a professional give you an estimate. Most of the time with Austin insulation, it is more expensive to install it yourself than it is to hire a pro. Very counterintuitive. Hire Stellrr and you’ll have a great experience. We are great roof insulation installers.
What does Austin attic insulation cost?
The cost ranges widely depending on whether you have fiberglass, cellulose or spray foam installed. However, to FIX IT RIGHT, we are often seeing the cost being $7,000 – $14,000 per 1,000 sq ft of attic.
Now if you want to “Put Lipstick On A Pig” and not fix anything, the material costs of blowing more attic insulation can be as low as $2,000 per 1,000 sq ft of attic. If you want to save money on cooling costs with home insulation, do it right. Get a free estimate from an expert like Stellrr. We will look at your attic and crawlspace insulation. Questions? Call Stellrr at (512) 580-5807 today!
Here is what to do next for Austin attic insulation:
Book your Diagnostic Consult. Discover what are the problems in your Austin attic insulation. Learn what solutions need to be implemented to achieve your goals. OR, if you aren’t read for that yet, download and read my book here:
Most Trusted Attic Insulation Experts in Austin, Texas
Stellrr Insulation & Spray Foam is located at 9926 Vikki Terrace, Austin, TX. From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) head southwest on Presidential Blvd toward Service Dr and slight right onto Service Dr. Then turn right onto Hotel Dr and turn right onto Spirit of Texas Dr. Next, turn left to merge onto TX-71 W and keep left to continue on TX-71 W/E Ben White Blvd. At the Y, take US-290 to the left. Continue on US-290 until reaching Geneva Estates Parkway. Take a right on Geneva Estates. At the stop sign, turn right onto Vikki Terrace. Stellrr Insulation & Spray Foam will be on your left.
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