The Many Choices with New Home Construction

Perks And Pitfalls Of Rolled Insulation For The Attic

Having your attic insulated is an easy way to drastically reduce problems with drafts in the winter and heat transfer in the summer. There are a lot of different types of insulation to pick from, but rolled insulation is often the go-to choice. Even though rolled insulation is one of the most popular types of insulation, it can have its perks and pitfalls just like any other product. Here is a look at those perks and pitfalls to help you decide what is best. 

Perk: Rolled insulation is easy for a DIY installation process. 

One of the biggest reasons homeowners go with rolled insulation is the fact that it is easy to install. In general, all you really need to install this form of insulation is a good razor knife to cut the strips to size, some good gloves for handling the material, and a stapler to secure the insulation the walls or ceiling. Blow-in insulation is a little harder to mess with, and even foam insulation is best trusted to professional installers. 

Pitfall: Rolled insulation can be less efficient in small areas. 

If you have small corners and crevices to fill, it can be harder to get good coverage with roll-type insulation in the attic. The strips have to be cut to size to fill the small crevices without actually compressing the insulation during installation, and this can be really hard to achieve. A professional installer will usually have no problems with their tools and experience, but many will also use a mix of foam insulation and rolled insulation if your attic has a lot of tight crevices. 

Perk: Rolled insulation is generally less expensive than many other types of insulation. 

You can buy rolled insulation by the bundle, and it generally is the least expensive type of insulation for the amount of coverage area you will usually get from just one bundle. If you need to get your attic insulated and you do not have a lot of room in your budget, this often makes rolled insulation the most logical choice. 

Pitfall: You will need a truck to haul rolled insulation. 

Rolled insulation comes in elongated bundles that do take up quite a bit of room. Therefore, when you pick up this insulation at a home improvement store, you will need a truck or trailer to haul the bundles to your home. Of course, if you are having the rolled insulation professionally installed, this will not be a concern at all. 

For more information, reach out to an attic insulation contractor.


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