Should I cover attic insulation? This is probably one of the questions you have in mind as you climb up to your attic and once again got in contact with the fibers of your insulation. Not only does exposed insulation look unattractive, but one may also worry about it getting damaged overtime when it is unprotected. Furthermore, some insulation materials may be toxic.
However, covering insulation in the attic doesn’t seem necessary for some since the attic isn’t a living space in most homes. Homeowners don’t frequently stay in the attic and guests aren’t usually invited to come up to this space. There’s no immediate need to make it pretty.
But aside from aesthetic purposes, some attic insulation materials are better covered. You just have to make sure you are choosing the right cover as doing this improperly can decrease the efficiency and effectiveness of your insulation.
What Type of Cover Should I Use for My Attic Insulation?
If you will be covering attic insulation, the number one rule is that you shouldn’t cover it with another layer of insulation. This will cause all sorts of moisture problems that would ultimately damage the original insulation and possibly even the overall integrity of your home’s structure.
If your purpose when you decide to cover attic insulation is so you won’t touch the exposed insulation when up in the attic, you can easily use some twine or nylon cords to keep the insulation in place.
Alternatively, you can use a piece of plywood or even drywall to conceal the insulation. You may also look into breathable home wrap materials that won’t trap moisture within the insulation.
Contact Us for Attic Insulation in Orlando, FL
At All Florida Insulation, we will help you with all of your insulation needs. If you wish to cover your attic insulation after installation, just let our team know so we can give you our expert recommendations. We specialize in spray foam insulation and install all other insulation materials in Longwood, Winter Park, Orlando, and the surrounding areas. Contact us at (407) 410-FOAM (3626) to get a free quote.
Chris has been an insulation professional for more than two decades, and has experience with all types of residential and commercial insulation products. His passion is green energy and effective insulation applications.