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How to Measure Your Las Vegas Attic Insulation Depth

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Mar 3, 2016 1:52:26 PM


Insulating your home is an easy, cost-effective way to make sure it stays comfortable while also reducing your energy bills. Homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on their heating and cooling costs by air sealing their homes and adding insulation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Adequate attic insulation keeps your heating and cooling system from working harder than it needs to, extending its life and helping to avoid repairs. The right insulation will also prevent moisture from building up in your attic.

Checking Your Insulation Levels

That’s why it’s important to make sure that you have enough insulation in your attic, which can absorb and retain heat during our scorching Las Vegas summers and also lose heat during the winter.

Checking your Las Vegas attic insulation depth is an easy process. First, simply take a close look in your attic. If you can see the floor joists, you probably need more insulation. If you can’t see them, measure your insulation by following these steps:

Get a ruler or tape measure and climb into your attic. Make sure you have enough light, and be careful to step only on the top edge of the joists. If you walk in other areas, you could break through the ceiling of the room below!

Push your ruler or tape measure into the insulation until it hits the bottom, and record the measurement. Check in several places throughout your attic, because your insulation may be unevenly distributed.

How Much Insulation is Needed?

Generally, the recommended Las Vegas attic insulation depth is 10 to 14 inches, depending on the type of material used. Insulation can be made of fiberglass, cellulose, and other materials and also vary in the way they’re installed. Each type of insulation is assigned an R-Value. This number measures the insulation’s ability to resist heat and cold air traveling through it. 

If your attic needs more insulation, contact First Quality Roofing & Insulation for a free consultation. We’ll check your current insulation and professionally install the type and amount needed to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.

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