Exterior Insulation

February 26th, 2013

Most people think of interior insulation when they are thinking about improving the weatherization to their homes but it is not the only thing you should be thinking of. To keep your home at the ultimate energy efficiency level you need to think about exterior insulation as well. Insulation that is placed between the siding and the house is your first layer of defense against the wind and the cold. When To Decide If you are building a new home than you want to take a look at your exterior insulating options before you decide which type of siding you will put on the home. There is different types of insulation that you can choose from which will normally be decided by the type of siding you are going to use. If you have an older home and are considering replacing the siding than you will also want to speak with a professional about exterior insulating options. An expert can come in an asses the situation and make recommendations as to which type of material will be best for your home. Vapor Barriers Exterior walls are exposed to many different climate changes. Those changes can trap moisture behind your siding and cause mold to grow. Insulation placed behind the siding with a vapor barrier will keep your home mold free. Mold grows quickly and is dangerous to your health keeping everything dry and moisture free is important so you want to be sure before you embark on replacing your siding that you have the proper barriers in place between your siding and exterior walls. Spending a little bit extra now on the right siding will protect your biggest investment (your home). Cut Down On Energy Costs The right type of insulation in and out of your home will work to reduce your energy costs the most. Combining both indoor and outdoor insulation is the single best thing you can do to reduce your energy costs. Your home will have a double barrier against the cold and the heat. Insulating the inside of your home is like putting on one sock and hoping that the other foot stays warm. You have to make sure both the inside of your home and the outside of your home is protected! Attics Plus can come out and check things out for you and discuss with you what your best options are for both inside and outside your home!