Insulating the Attic Before Using It For Storage
August 25, 2016
Optimizing attic storage space in a home begins with an air-sealed space that is well ventilated, and well insulated. And while every attic is different from the next, optimizing the storage space is worth doing right the first time. Whether it's basic shelving or integrated cabinetry, attic space can add valuable storage to any home. But no attic is suited for storage unless the insulation and ventilation is properly installed. The space must be both temperature and humidity controlled. It's true that some homeowners store things in the attic, regardless of the quality of insulation or ventilation. And although not every item will be affected by temperature and humidity, long-term storage may bring about nasty outcomes. Insulation in the attic slows down air movement, and maintains a balanced temperature in winter and summer. At the same time, ventilation will prevent excessive heat and humidity. In short, insulation and ventilation must work together. For the most part, attics are a source of moisture buildup (with the exception of drier climates). This is of great concern in every residential attic, even when storage space is not the priority. But there's much more to consider than just insulation: air sealing may be required; a vapour barrier may be necessary; and of course, venting and ventilation must be part of the mix. Doing it right means doing it all, with much of the work well before any insulation product is installed. In expansive spaces like the attic, professional contractors are intent on making the space totally airtight. For this, many are choosing Spray Polyurethane Foam - it effectively seals every hole and gap, and serves to block undesirable airflow in summer and winter. An air sealed space will also allow newly installed insulation to perform better. In fact, SPF can do it all - it's an air sealer, an air barrier, a vapour barrier, and an insulator - all in one. SPF is the ideal attic insulation. Because of its sheer versatility, SPF has become the "go-to" insulation product for attics of all sizes. It's evenly sprayed throughout an attic space, and quickly hardens into a thick "envelope". It actually makes it easy to install storage components and cabinetry, depending on storage need. With the entirety of the attic blanketed, the space is perfectly sealed, and properly insulated. This is an application that will last a lifetime, and never need to be replaced or replenished. For the professionals at Great Northern Insulation, Spray Polyurethane Foam has proven itself in terms of short-term and long-term outcomes. But it has to be installed professionally - this is not a weekend DIY project - it's an installation that requires in-depth expertise with the product, the equipment, and the application. At GNI, installation crews manage the project from end to end. The manufacturer's specifications are followed, and established building codes are respected. GNI offers a sound warranty on installed products, and a company assurance on work preformed. With customer satisfaction at the forefront, GNI ensures that all work is done right the first time.