Can Insulation Be Reused?

At Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie, we are often asked if insulation can be reused. It’s understandable that homeowners want to save money when possible by only replacing damaged insulation, and simply reusing any insulation that is still in good condition. However, the answer to this question largely depends on the type of insulation at hand. Keep reading to learn more about the types of insulation that CAN, in fact, be reused.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass Insulation is one type of insulation that can be reused after initial installation. When installed by trained professionals, it can be easily removed and put back in place. It’s important to always hire a reputable insulation contractor to ensure proper installation and possible removal in the future.

Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose insulation consists of up to 80 – 85% recycled material. For Indianapolis homeowners who want to be environmentally-friendly, cellulose is the perfect choice of insulation material. And again, when installed by professionals, cellulose insulation can be completely recovered and reused on-site. Special machines are used in the blown-in process, allowing excess material to be vacuumed up and blown back in or salvaged for future projects.

Insulation Contractors in the Indianapolis Area

Whether you decide to go with fiberglass or cellulose insulation for your next project, the pros at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie can get the job done! We have experience installing all types of insulation in homes and commercial properties throughout the Indianapolis area and beyond.

Contact us for more information regarding which type of insulation you should choose, or to schedule insulation services now!

Why You Need Attic Insulation and Ventilation

Attic insulation and ventilation are both important for keeping your home comfortable and efficient throughout the year. Keep reading to learn more about insulation and ventilation and how they work together to benefit your home.

Benefits of Attic Insulation

Insulating your attic is one of the best things you can do to help your home stay comfortable and to increase energy efficiency. If you can see your floor joists when you look in your attic, there’s a good chance you don’t have enough insulation. Additional benefits of insulating your attic include potentially maximizing the resale value of your home and saving money on utility bills.

Attic insulation may seem like an easy task, but not knowing what you are doing up there in the attic could result in injury. If you are seeking expertise for your insulation installation project, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today and allow our team to help you determine the right option for your attic.

Benefits of Attic Ventilation

Proper ventilation provides a continuous flow of air from the outside through your attic space, protecting your insulation and allowing your heating and cooling systems to run more smoothly.

The obvious benefit of increased ventilation in the warmer months is a lower attic temperature, which can decrease cooling costs in the home. The heat and moisture from your home naturally rise into your attic. If it isn’t properly ventilated, the moisture can condense and freeze on cold surfaces in your attic. Eventually, this moisture will melt, soaking your attic insulation and reducing its effectiveness. This excess moisture can also contribute to mold growth that can affect your family’s health. To ensure your attic’s insulation stays in good condition, ventilation is a good idea.

Schedule Attic Insulation and Ventilation in Indianapolis

If you are looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency and keep your home comfortable, the team of insulation experts at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie can get the job done.

Contact us today to get started on your home weatherization project in the central Indiana area. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Adding New Insulation Over Old Layers

Do you need more insulation in your home? If it was built in the 1970s or earlier, chances are it does! Older homes often don’t meet today’s energy efficiency standards and are under-insulated. Think it may be time to re-insulate? Can you put new insulation on top of old insulation? This is a question we get a lot.

In short, yes—you can install new insulation over old insulation. Keep reading to learn more!

Can I Add New Insulation Over Existing Layers?

According to ENERGY STAR®, you can put new insulation over old insulation, “unless it is wet. If it is wet or appears that the insulation has previously been wet, you should look for the cause and repair the problem…” Wet insulation is problematic, as it can lead to mold, mildew and sometimes the rotting of ceilings or roof rafters.

Although insulation professionals will handle the installation for you, here are some things to keep in mind about removing old insulation and installing new insulation over old insulation, according to ENERGY STAR:

  • “Faced” insulation should not be placed on top of existing insulation in the attic. Any new batt or roll insulation installed over existing insulation in the attic needs to be without a vapor retarder (face). The vapor retarder on top of or between layers of insulation can trap moisture. Any existing batt or roll insulation in the attic should have the facing against the attic drywall floor or no facing at all.
  • Batt or rolled insulation or blown loose-fill insulation (fiberglass or cellulose) can be installed on top of old insulation.
  • Insulation should be rolled out perpendicular to the joists—and unfaced rolls should be used.
  • Rolled insulation should not be tacked down. The R-value can be reduced if the insulation is squashed or flattened.
  • It’s recommended to air seal before installing insulation since air leaks can hinder the performance of insulation and significantly reduce the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to worry about all this. Professionals will be able to answer any questions you have—and handle your entire home insulation project.

If you live in the Indianapolis area, the team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie can help. We have experience installing all types of insulation. Contact us today to learn more about our services or if you’re ready for a quote!

Window & Insulation Tax Credits

Planning to replace your home’s windows and/or insulation this year—or have already done so? You may be eligible for a tax credit!

Many federal tax credits for home energy efficiency have been renewed. These tax credits are available for purchases made in 2016 and are also retroactive to purchases made in 2015.

Tax Credit Details

If you install new windows or insulation by December 31, 2016, you may be eligible for a tax credit—10% of the cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 – $300. It must be a retrofit/replacement project—new construction jobs do not apply.

Windows & Doors

There is no limit when it comes to style or material, but the windows and doors you install must be ENERGY STAR® qualified.

Insulation

Typical bulk insulation products can qualify, such as:

  • Batts and rolls
  • Blown-in fiberglass
  • Rigid board
  • Expanding spray
  • Pour-in-place

Air sealing products can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement.

Read more about these federal tax credits on the ENERGY STAR® website »

Are you planning to install new insulation or replacement windows? You apply for a tax credit, but another important thing to remember is that ENERGY STAR® qualified products can help you lower energy costs and save money all year round!

Contact Us Today

Interested in learning more about the 2016 tax credit? Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today. We offer window replacement and home insulation services you can count on. Our team looks forward to helping you save money and live comfortably—this summer and all year long!

Open vs. Closed Cell Foam Insulation

Whether you’re a homeowner who needs to re-insulate or a builder in need of insulation service, you may want more information on spray foam, one of the most commonly installed types of insulation.

You’ve probably come across the terms “open-cell” and “closed-cell” in reference to foam insulation. These are the two main types of spray foam. What do they mean? Which one is better? Which one should you install for your project? Keep reading to learn more about closed- and open-cell spray foam insulation.

Comparing Open-Cell & Closed-Cell Spray Foam

What is the difference between open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation?

Open-cell is a type of foam where the tiny cells are not completely closed. Open-cell foam cells are less dense and filled with air, which gives the insulation a spongy texture and a lower R-value (although it can achieve a greater R-value if not restricted by space). Low-density, open-cell polyurethane foams are similar to conventional polyurethane foams but more flexible. In general, open-cell spray foam insulation:

  • Helps provide an air barrier but doesn’t offer a water vapor barrier
  • Is frequently used for interior walls because it can help with soundproofing
  • Can be less expensive

Closed-cell foam insulation is much denser than open-cell. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure and has a higher R-value per inch. It’s also ideal for achieving a high R-value in narrower spaces. Closed-cell spray foam insulation:

  • Helps provide an air and water vapor barrier
  • Is often used in roofing projects or other outdoor applications but can be used anywhere in a home or building
  • Can be applied at very low temperatures
  • Helps provide wall racking strength in addition to impact resistance

We won’t sit here and tell you one is better than the other—it simply depends on your needs and situation. Our professionals will be able to assess your space and discuss your project, then determine the right solution.

Foam Insulation Installers Serving Indianapolis

Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie installs spray foam in homes and commercial buildings old and new, working with homeowners and builders/contractors. Contact us today to discuss your project and get a free estimate!

When to Remove Insulation

The official start of summer is almost here—it’s starting to get hotter and the kids will be out of school in a few weeks. Summer camp and pool time are probably on your mind, but you should also be thinking of ways to keep your energy bills low while staying cool and comfortable.

As one of the biggest sources of energy loss in homes, the attic is a great place to start. What shape is your current insulation in? Should you remove and replace it? Should you add to it?

Keep reading to learn more!

Can I Add Insulation Over Existing Insulation?

Sometimes insulation removal isn’t necessary—new batt or rolled insulation, or blown loose-fill cellulose or fiberglass, can often be installed over old insulation. But it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • “Faced” insulation should not be placed on top of existing insulation in the attic. Batt or roll insulation installed over existing insulation in the attic shouldn’t have a vapor retarder (face), which can trap moisture. Existing batt or roll insulation should have the facing against the attic drywall floor or no facing at all.
  • Insulation should be rolled out perpendicular to the joists—and unfaced rolls should be used.
  • Rolled insulation should not be tacked down (if the insulation is flattened, the R-value can decrease).

Learn more by visiting ENERGY STAR online »

How Long Does Insulation Last?

It starts with how old your insulation is. Unfortunately, insulation doesn’t last (and perform effectively) for years and years. If you just moved into a newly built house two years ago, you are most likely good to go. Modern homes are well insulated and more energy-efficient than homes built even a decade ago! You should consider re-insulating and call an insulation company if your home was built in the 1970s or earlier or if you’ve been living in your home for years without ever checking things like insulation levels (especially if you’re not sure when the home was built).

When to Remove Your Insulation

You should remove insulation in your walls, attic, basement or crawl space if it is:

  • Old
  • Wet or damp
  • Rodent infested
  • Moldy
  • Sagging or loose
  • Damaged by fire or anything else

Insulation Services in the Indianapolis Area

If you need professional insulation removal and installation services in central Indiana, the team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie can help. We have experience working with all types of homes and can install fiberglass and spray foam.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation!

Types of Attic Insulation

You’ll probably be spending more and more time outside as it gets warmer—but that doesn’t mean you should ignore temperatures inside your home. To save money on your bills and stay comfortable when you’re inside, you’ll want to make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible! What is a good way to do this? Start by insulating the attic, one of the biggest sources of energy loss in homes.

To install insulation in your attic, contact us today—or keep reading to learn more about insulating this important space.

Your Options

In warmer climates, it’s common to install a radiant barrier in the attic. But in cooler regions with more inconsistent temperatures year-round, like here in Indianapolis, it can be more cost-effective to install thermal insulation. While spray foam is sometimes used—usually in unfinished attic floors—fiberglass is one of the most common insulation materials installed in attics.

There are two types of fiberglass insulation:

Blown-In

Blown-in, or blown, fiberglass insulation works well in attics with:

  • Irregular joist spacing
  • Many obstructions (like piping, ductwork, etc.)
  • Insulation that needs to be topped off (it easily fills small gaps)
  • Limited headroom

Blown insulation is also referred to as loose-fill (cellulose insulation is available in loose-fill form).

Batt

Batt, or blanket, insulation works well in attics with:

  • Standard joist spacing, particularly if there is no insulation
  • Few obstructions
  • A lot of head room

Benefits of Insulating the Attic

Whether you install batt or blown insulation, there are several benefits of insulating the attic. It can help:

  • Reduce your energy bills
  • Keep your home—especially the second story—more comfortable
  • Improve the performance of your HVAC systems
  • Contribute to a healthier environment

Attic Insulation Installers Serving Central Indiana

If you live in central Indiana and need to insulate your attic, get in touch with the team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We install high-quality attic insulation and can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort—this summer and all year long.

Contact us today by filling out the form in the sidebar or calling 317-489-0825 (Indianapolis location) or 765-215-2932 (Muncie location)!

Do You Need More Insulation In Your Attic?

Are you thinking of ways to save this winter? It’s still (sadly) going to be cold for a while, so thinking of ways to save money without sacrificing comfort is important! Insulation installation is a solution you may want to consider.

As the attic is one of the biggest sources of heat loss in homes, it’s a good idea to start there. Although it’s best to talk to a professional insulation company, there are a few things to look out for on your own to find out if you need more attic insulation.

What Are Your Current Attic Insulation Levels Like?

To start, poke your head up in your attic and briefly survey; this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to tell if you need more attic insulation. Can you see your floor joists (the wooden beams running across the floor)? If the insulation is level with or below the joists, you probably need to re-insulate the attic. Not sure what your situation is? We are happy to help!

Even if your joists are not visible and you think you may have enough attic insulation, there could be hidden air leaks that are significantly reducing the insulation’s performance. Too many air leaks can render insulation essentially useless.

How Else Can You Tell that You Need to Insulate the Attic?

Besides manually checking, there are other ways to tell if you need to re-insulate the attic. Below are signs to look out for (during all seasons):

  • Your energy bills are higher than normal.
  • The second floor of your home is unusually warm, particularly in the summer.
  • Your AC is running more than normal in the summer.
  • Ice dams are forming on your roof in the winter.
  • Snow melts too quickly off your roof in the winter.

Getting a home energy audit can also be helpful. Although they can be a little costly upfront, energy audits determine exactly where your home is losing energy and costing you money! This can help you save money in the long-run.

Do You Need More Insulation?

Keep in mind that just because you’re experiencing some of these problems doesn’t necessarily mean you need more attic insulation. It’s best to have professional insulators come out and assess your situation because they’ll be able to tell you for sure if you need to re-insulate or not. Our central Indiana area insulation professionals are happy to come out and have a look!

Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today if you need to install more fiberglass or spray foam insulation in your attic!

Fiberglass vs. Spray Foam Insulation

You’ve probably heard of both fiberglass and spray foam insulation, especially if you’re getting ready to insulate a new home or re-insulate your home. But many people aren’t sure what makes these two types of insulation different. Keep reading to learn more!

Difference Between Fiberglass & Spray Foam

To start, let’s take a look at the two different types of insulation separately.

Fiberglass

One of the most popular types of insulation, fiberglass has been used in the construction industry for years and can be installed anywhere in your home—the attic, basement, walls, etc. Fiberglass insulation can be a blanket system of batts and rolls or it can be blown in. It is also one of the most cost-effective types of insulation available. Fiberglass insulation not only reduces outside noises but also noises between different levels and floors inside your home.

Spray Foam

Spray foam insulation, as its name suggests, is installed wet and dries into a thick foam. It fits snugly around piping and wiring and is ideal for insulating small cracks and crevices behind your walls. Due to its total coverage, spray foam also helps provide air sealing.

Main Differences

The main differences between spray foam and fiberglass insulation are the:

  • Material: Spray foam is applied wet and is typically made of polyurethane. Fiberglass is made of mostly organic material.
  • Installation: Spray foam is applied wet; fiberglass can be blown in or is available as batts (blanket).
  • R-Value: Spray foam and fiberglass differ in R-value and weight

Home Insulation Installation in Indianapolis

Looking for an insulation company serving central Indiana? Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie installs spray foam and fiberglass insulation and can insulate attics, walls, basements and crawl spaces. If you need to insulate your home in the Indianapolis area, make us your first and last call.

Get in touch with our team to learn more about our services or if you’re interested in scheduling a consultation with our professionals!

What’s the Best Type of Insulation for Homes?

As the temperatures drop and we head into winter, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save energy and stay warm. Installing insulation can help you reduce your bills and live more comfortably throughout the cold season (and all year long).

But which type of insulation should you install? Which material is best for your home? Talking to an insulation company is your best option, but keep reading for general information about your different options for home insulation!

Best Home Insulation Materials

There is no single best material for all homes. A number of factors play a role in determining the best type of insulation for any given project, including:

  • The age of the home
  • The areas that need to be insulated
  • The type of HVAC equipment in the home
  • And more

Attics

As one of the most significant sources of energy loss in homes, the attic is a good place to start when it comes to home insulation. For cooler climates, a radiant barrier is often used, but in other cases, thermal insulation, such as fiberglass, can be more cost-effective.

Walls

If outside noises are louder than usual or if your home is drafty, you may need more wall insulation. Due to its ability to be easily sprayed into small cracks, gaps and crevices, spray foam is usually installed in walls. Blown-in fiberglass insulation is also ideal for retrofit (rather than new construction) projects.

Basements & Crawl Spaces

The lower levels of homes—basements and crawl spaces—offer much potential for energy savings. Fiberglass and spray foam insulation can both be installed in basements, as well as ventilated and unventilated crawl spaces.

Insulation Installation in the Indianapolis Area

Looking for an insulation company serving central Indiana? Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie installs spray foam and fiberglass insulation and can insulate attics, walls, basements and crawl spaces. If you need to insulate your home in the Indianapolis area, make us your first and last call.

Get in touch with our team to learn more about our services or if you’re interested in scheduling a consultation with our professionals!