Insulation can both cut down on your heating bill and the amount you need to use your air-conditioning units. That’s because the insulation traps rising heat from escaping your home when it’s cold outside, and stops excessive heat coming in when it’s warmer. It's an easy and great energy saving idea. There are also several schemes throughout the USA and elsewhere, which may offer you a grant towards installing insulation in your house. We recommend checking with your County or State where you live.
Having insulation installed in your attic also helps prevent ice dams from forming in the winter. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up can leak into a home, causing damage. The key to preventing ice dams is simply to keep your attic and roof cold. Insulation that is correctly laid in your attic, stopping any bypasses of heat entering the attic, will therefore stop ice dams, as it will stop snow melting on the top of your roof whilst the edges are still frozen.
But many people worry that installing insulation in their attic means they lose storage space. It’s true that you can't place items on top of the insulation. Our research shows that compressing insulation at least halves its effectiveness. This means that whilst you might have plenty of insulation in your attic, it won't be trapping anywhere near as much heat as it should. This could have a real effect on any savings on your heating bill, and also allow ice dams to form regardless of how much insulation you have.
There is a way to have both insulation and attic storage. The solution is LoftZone's attic flooring system, StoreFloor. LoftZone allows you to have as much storage space as you'd like in your attic, whilst keeping the insulation protected. The height of our supports allows for insulation with an R-Value of up to R-49 to be placed underneath, with a small gap left to allow air to pass freely underneath, preventing condensation or damp forming under the boards.
It's also well suited to be set up around obstructions or anything already in the attic, such as air conditioning units. You can see examples of how to set your attic storage up on our Videos page. If you ever need advice about how to set up your attic deck, you can also contact us via the details at the bottom of this page.