Home Insulation | Moisture Barrier

Pest Control the Leo's Way:
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Bristol Home Insulation and Moisture Barriers

So what does home insulation installation and moisture barriers have to do with pest control? Quite a bit.

Regardless of the pest, there are only a few basic things that attract them. From bugs to bats, they are pretty much all looking for the same things and one of the most important is moisture. Whether it’s for a source of water for a variety of wildlife pests or the preferred environment of damaging pests such as termites, moisture control plays an important part in keeping homes pest free in Bristol, TN or Bristol, VA.

Moisture barriers are installed in crawl spaces to keep the moisture levels in your home to a minimum, so excess moisture doesn't attract pests and wildlife. Excess moisture puts you and your family at risk for mold and mildew as well, and a professionally installed moisture barrier significantly reduces that risk. Moisture barriers are often installed along with insulation to help keep the insulation dry and insulating more effectively.

While the DIY route may be an option some homeowners consider, the cost savings might not be as great as it seems. The proper handling of insulation is a safety concern, and without the proper safety equipment and the experience of handling insulation, the risk of exposure is always possible. The installation of insulation requires a good knowledge of insulating properties and an understanding of structures and the specific areas being insulated. There’s just no substitute for an experienced, professional insulation company for safe and effective home insulation.

Home Insulation 101

Home insulation reduces your heating and cooling costs, lowers sound levels, increases your home's resale value and impacts much of the structural elements of a home. A well-insulated home is simply a healthier environment and helps keep the cost of utilities lower. The investment for an insulated home is considered one of the best home improvements a homeowner can make because insulation installation costs often pay for themselves pretty quickly. The heating and cooling of your home are easier on your HVAC system leading to lower utility costs. Leo's Pest Control offers two basic types of home insulation:

Blown-in Insulation: This method includes “blowing” insulation into voids to better insulate and minimize drafts and cold air. Whether it’s installing attic insulation or wall insulation, this type of insulation is perfect for areas that are hard to get to and/or cover a lot of area. This type of insulation installation is particularly effective for insulating attic areas and provides insulation in one of the most important areas in homes.

Some of the advantages of blown-in insulation include a high degree of insulation coverage and minimum settling over time. Blown-in insulation usually comes in two types: Fiberglass and Cellulose. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, and we will make sure you understand what's involved so you can make the best choice for your home.

Blown-in fiberglass is made of glass fibers or strands. While its insulation properties are comparable to cellulose, the glass fibers in the material can cause health issues if they get into your lungs. One of the biggest advantages of fiberglass is its fire-resistance, a factor worth consideration. In the hands of a professional like Leos, whose installers

insulation skills and experience are some of the best in the business, the negative aspects of blown-in fiberglass are all but insignificant.

Blown-in cellulose is usually made of recycled newspapers and other cellulose materials and poses little, if any, health risks. The insulating value of cellulose remains more constant than fiberglass because it tends to settle less over time, keeping the number of air pockets more uniform. Cellulose material can be highly flammable, but it's often treated with fire-resistant additives to minimize this risk. It’s probably a good idea to check with your insulation installation company about the specific types of insulation they use and the fire-resistance rating.

Batt Insulation: This type of insulation usually comes in rolls or specific lengths and is primarily used in attics and crawl spaces in post construction. Most insulation of this kind is made of fiberglass with a type of paper backing that keeps the glass fibers from loosening and getting into the air and adds some stability to the batts. Batt insulation has been around for many years and does a good job of insulating your home when installed properly. Installers cut insulation batts to fit snugly into voids to minimize areas where air can pass through and is particularly effective in insulating walls when they are accessible such as pre-construction.

Batt insulation is flexible and easy to cut to ensure a good fit between rafters, joists, and studs without leaving gaps. Installation usually requires less time than other applications making it one of the least expensive choices for home insulation. While usually less expensive, the insulating value of batt insulation can be just as good as some other applications if installed correctly.

Other advantages of batt insulation are that it offers consistent insulating value because it isn't prone to settling like some other types of insulation. It is available in different forms, with or without the facing, depending on the needs of your home. Most types of batt insulation are made from fiberglass which is naturally fire resistance and provides an excellent level of sound-dampening.

Our services are licensed, insured, and guaranteed! To see how your home can be warmer, healthier, and more valuable in Bristol with effective insulation, just give us a call or contact us on our website.

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