Klaus Roofing Systems of Oregon Case Studies: Re-Insulating Eugene Attic Makes Upstairs More Comfortable in Summer
The owners have lived in their North Eugene home for five years, yet never have been comfortable in it, especially during a hot summer, and especially in the master bedroom.
They found our company on Home Advisor and called us to set up a whole home evaluation with one of our inspectors to determine where the actual issues were so the owners could make the best decision on how to make their home less hot.
The best solution was to start in the attic. The BEFORE photo shows the fiberglass; this is just a filter to slow down air. Even though this home was built in 1989, it was insulated poorly.
Our crew began by removing the old insulation (we have big vacuums). This then exposes all the nooks and crannies that need to be air-sealed. It was not air-sealed, so the air they were paying to cool was just leaking into the attic from the rooms below.
The can lights that are cut into the attic also needed covers. See the DURING photo for a cleaned-out attic that is being air-sealed (the orange foam).
Their attic was re-insulated with TruSoft cellulose. This is made of ground-up recycled paper that is treated to give it a Class 1 (the highest) fire safety rating, and it is also resistant to mold and insects.
With the air-sealing and the effective cellulose, their home became much more comfortable!
BEFORE--old, inefficient fiberglass
DURING--attic deck being air-sealed so air doesn't leak in from rooms below
AFTER--re-insulated with TruSoft blown-in cellulose to the higher R-60 level