Importance of Wall Insulation

Why Wall Insulation is Vital to your Building

It’s hard to believe now, but up until the mid 1970’s, Denver home builders thought the cost of wall insulation was not worth the money.

Their reasoning was that energy was so cheap, it just wasn’t worth the expense to spend a lot on insulation.  Because of this, most homes built during the 1970’s and before are drafty energy wasters.

Winter- cold - wall insulation neededWe now know that a highly insulated home is cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and saves energy and money every month in Colorado.

Many Denver roofing companies can assist you with home insulation.

Did you know that insulation has the fastest payback of any home improvement? Typically, we see homeowners lowering their utility bills 10-30%.  On average, this usually means that the investment for the upgraded insulation pays for itself within three years.

The beautiful thing is that after this time period, this cash is additional green in your wallet!

Walls can be the most difficult areas to insulate.

It’s particularly important to make sure the outside walls of your home have the highest “R” (energy savings) value possible. These are the areas where you can significantly reduce your energy costs.

A lot of air leaks out of your house through the exterior walls of your home, whether they have no insulation or were under-insulated when your home was built.

Compressed cellulose wall insulation makes your home more comfortable and reduces the chances of moisture problems.  Insulating exterior walls will also significantly reduce noise coming in from the outside.

Ok, now understand why you should insulate. Here’s the how:

Excel Roofing Frog mascot holding wall and roof material for wall insulationFirst things first: before your wall insulation project begins, we make sure any penetrations like electrical outlets and light switches in the walls are correctly air sealed.

Not sure if they are sealed?

No problem – Excel Roofing and Exteriors will fix this problem.

How do we get the insulation in the wall?
This is the process:

  1. We drill a hole between the studs in the wall.  Normally this is done on the outside of the home.  Depending on the siding, the exterior wall is usually the best place to drill, and easiest to patch, but the inside might be the best option in certain rare circumstances.
  2. We then blow cellulose insulation into the walls using a special blower machine.
  3. Cellulose insulation will tightly fill the wall cavity, and the wall will be properly insulated.
  4. We repeat this process between all of the studs on the wall, and above and below windows and doors, which will require some additional holes, but these are important areas to insulate.
  5. After we have filled all of the wall cavities with cellulose, we then patch all of the holes.  Please be aware that in most case it is not possible to totally hide the patch.  We do our best to blend the patch in; few people will ever notice them.  It is well worth this minor cosmetic detail to have properly insulated walls!

If you want to have a more comfortable home year round, and to save money every month, you should set an appointment with Denver’s Excel Roofing and Exteriors today.

We offer free, no pressure home insulation assessments.


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