Quality Attic Insulation, Wall Insulation, and Crawl Space Insulation
serving the need for insulation in the North Texas cities of Little Rock, Fayetteville, Dallas, Longview, and Harlingen
Why Insulation For Your House?
Heating and cooling in the Dallas, Gainesville, Tyler, and Texarkana areas account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most Texas homes. Insulation:
- saves money and our nation's limited energy resources
- makes your home more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house
- makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
How Insulation in TX Works
Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In winter, the heat moves directly from all heated living spaces to the outdoors and to adjacent unheated attics, garages, and basements - wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the Texas summer, heat moves from outdoors to the house interior. To maintain comfort, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner. Insulating ceilings, walls, and floors decreases the heating or cooling needed by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.
Insulation is measured in R-values—the higher the R-value, the better your walls and roof will resist the transfer of heat. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends ranges of R-values based on local heating and cooling costs and climate conditions in different areas of the nation. The map and chart below show the DOE recommendations for your area. State and local codes in some parts of the country may require lower R-values than the DOE recommendations, which are based on cost effectiveness.
Although insulation can be made from a variety of materials, it usually comes in four types; each type has different characteristics.
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- Rolls and batts—or blanket insulation are flexible products made from mineral fibers, such as fiberglass and rock wool. They are available in widths suited to standard spacings of wall studs and attic or floor joists: 2x4 walls can hold R-13 or R-15 batts; 2x6 walls can have R-19 or R-21 products.
- Loose-fill insulation - usually made of fiberglass, rock wool, or cellulose—comes in shreds, granules, or nodules. These small particles should be blown into spaces using special pneumatic equipment. The blown-in material conforms readily to building cavities and attics. Therefore, loose-fill insulation is well suited for places where it is difficult to install other types of insulation.
- Rigid foam insulation typically is more expensive than fiber insulation. But it's very effective in buildings with space limitations and where higher R-values are needed. Foam insulation R-values range from R-4 to R-6.5 per inch of thickness (2.54 cm), which is up to 2 times greater than most other insulating materials of the same thickness.
- Foam-in-place insulation insulation can be blown into walls and reduces air leakage.
Attic Insulation, Wall Insulation, Floor Insulation
Long-Term Savings Tip
Adding insulation to the attic is relatively easy and very cost effective for most homes in Texas.
To find out if you have enough attic insulation for the TX weather, measure the thickness of the insulation. If it is less than R-22 (10 inches of fiber glass 6 inches of cellulose), you could probably benefit by adding more. Most U.S. homes should have between R-30 and R-60 insulation in the attic. If your attic has enough insulation and your home still feels drafty and cold in the winter or too warm in the summer, chances are you need to add insulation to the exterior walls as well. This is a more expensive measure, but it may be worth the cost if you live in a very hot or cold climate. If you replace the exterior siding on your home, you should consider adding insulation at the same time.
You may also need to add insulation to your crawl space or basement.
U.S. Department of Energy Recommended* Total R-Values for New Houses in Six Climate Zones - How Much Insulation Does My Home Need?
* These recommendations are cost-effective levels of insulation based on the best available information on local fuel and materials costs and weather conditions. Consequently, the levels may differ from current local building codes. In addition, the apparent fragmentation of the recommendations is an artifact of these data and should not be considered absolute minimum requirements.
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- Dallas, Tx
- Tyler, TX
- Longview, TX
- Harlingen, TX
- Little Rock, TX
- NW Arkansas