How to Insulate an Attic part 2
In this segment we shall continue on our two piece blog on How to Insulate an Attic. This part will cover the layers and pipes that need insulating. Let’s continue!
Build Up the Layers
If required by regulations, run a second layer of insulation at right angles to the first to increase depth.
Pipework and Storage Decking
The initial application of blanket insulation is only part of the job. Many attic spaces contain pipework that needs to be protected from freezing during winter months. Insulating warm water heating or supply pipes will also save energy.
Many people want to use part of their attic space for storage purposes. This often means you need to build up the joist height to accommodate building boards, which provide a base for storage. Alternatively, storage decking is a 2-in-1 application that combines extra insulation with a rigid board for storage. Check the board sizes beforehand to make sure that they will fit through your attic hatch.
Using Sheep’s Wool
As with the recycled non-itch alternative shown opposite, sheep’s wool is a more user-friendly alternative to conventional material. Build up depth by laying subsequent layers at right angles to the preceding layer. Check the instructional literature for depth requirements to better learn How to Insulate an Attic.
Insulate the Pipes
Custom-made pipe insulation is the best option. It can be bought in different diameters, depending on need. Split the pipe insulation along its length to slip over the pipe. Keep the join facing upward. Although pipe insulation is non-itch, you should wear gloves to protect yourself from the blanket insulation.
Take care that each length is tightly butt-joined to the next one, so that no part of the pipe is exposed.
Hold the pipe insulation in position by taping it, or by using proprietary clips as shown here.
At corners, it is still necessary to keep a tight join. Use a miter box and fine-toothed saw to make accurate 45-degree cuts.
Make sure that the mitered sections of insulation meet precisely to avoid any gaps.
Secure the insulation in position using tape or clips. Note how the corner has been secured with an extra clip across the miter. For any valves or stop taps, wrap the pipe with insulation but leave the valve handle exposed. This will allow you finally to have learned How to Insulate an Attic.
There you have it! You should be all set with your attic insulation! We hope this two piece blog on How to Insulate an Attic has helped you achieve this in an easy an affordable fashion. Be sure to share this with friends and family and if you’re looking for a storage service for all the clutter you might have in the attic, contact us!