FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Have Some Questions About What Insulation Type Is Best Suited For Your Home?

Insulation resists heat flow. With that being said, heat will always seek a cooler area - flows out of the home during the winter, and into the home during summer. By minimizing this flow of heat, a home will use less energy for heating and cooling.

Overall, a properly insulated home will increase the overall comfort within your home, as well as save you in the long-run when it comes to utility bills.
"R" stands for resistance to heat flow. This value measures how effectively insulation materials can resist heat. For example, the higher the R-value, the greater the insulation performance. Keep in mind that if your insulation is compressed, the R-value will decrease.

For ceilings with attic space, R-60 is recommended with blown insulation.
For basement walls, R-14/R-24 is recommended.

*These R-values are pertinent to Ontario Zone 1 Region.
Aside from attics and exterior walls, insulation should be installed in ceilings with unheated spaces, basement walls, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, floors over unheated garages, and between interior walls (especially bathrooms).
A few signs that your insulation might need a top-up are the following: drafty windows, walls cold to the touch, high heating & cooling costs, moldy walls, and cold floors or rooms.
Generally speaking, the R-value of cellulose is 3.4-3.8 per inch, compared to fiberglass which is 2.7-3 per inch of thickness. Overall, cellulose is a denser product so it is considered to have a better R-value when compared to fiberglass insulation.
As long as your current insulation is NOT contaminated, it is okay to leave what you already have since R-value is cumulative.

The process simply involves our certifified technicians blowing a new insulation layer over the existing one, which adds up both the resistance values together (old and new).
To receive a free consultation, please all us at 416-315-0471. An energy auditor will assess your home, pre- and post-insulation installation, to see what governmental rebate you qualify for!
A few advantages of using spray foam insulation are the following:

• prevents the growth of mold and mildew
• increases the structural integrity and protection from natural elements
• longevity
• environmentally friendly
• reduced pollen and allergens
No. You do not have to leave your home during the project as Pro Insulation Contracting does not use any hazardous materials that would harm any residents living in the house.

This is usually due to lack of insulation in the attic, poor airflow in the attic or a combination of both. Learn more about the additional benefits of the proper attic and roof insulation.

We usually find that the builder has used fibreglass batting and the only way to fix this correctly is to first remove the drywall and existing insulation and then spray foam these areas. This will stop the cold air from penetrating this area making the rooms above much warmer. Also, the ductwork for heating these areas often runs through the floor joists and in the garage walls, improving the seals around the ductwork will ensure that the heat intended to get to these rooms is actually still warm when it gets there.

Our answer is always to spray foam, but blown insulation is very cost-effective for flat attic areas as well and is the most common product used.

The amount of insulation your home needs will depend on a few factors – where you live and how old your home is. Different climates will require different R-values and the older your home is, the more insulation it will probably need.

Calculating savings will depend on where you live, how much insulation you’ve put in/are putting into your home, and what kind of heating system and cooling system you have in your home.

The minimum building code for an attic is R-60, but it is minimum for a reason, it is the absolute minimum a builder is required to install in a new home. If you are paying for the heating and air conditioning more is better in this case, to protect your heating and cooling dollars.

To get started on your project, give us a call or send us an email. We will then book an in-person consultation with one of our estimators.