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Friday 8 February 2013

Older Home? Your Eaves May Lack Insulation

Posted by at 9:00 AM

If you own an older home, you've probably had to replace and upgrade a number of your home's components over the years, both due to wear as well as to improve your home's energy efficiency and comfort.  One area you may have overlooked, however, is the insulation (or lack of it) in your eaves.  According to an article in the Minneapolis StarTribune by a building inspector, one challenge in insulating attics in older homes is placing sufficient insulation in the eaves, or the edges abutting the roof.   The cause?  The construction method used in older homes didn't provide enough clearance with the roof trusses to incorporate insulation in the eaves. Building construction is almost a science which continues to evolve, and with it a growing knowledge of the importance of both insulation and ventilation in attics to prevent a host of problems including ice dams and mildew.  Making homes more energy-efficient is also becoming more and more important. This article recommends a good solution for your home if you don't have enough insulation in your attic, and he recommends you hire a professional to get it done right. Making sure your home is well protected - including having sufficient insulation in the attic eaves - is crucial to preserving the investment you've made in it as well as protecting those who live inside it.  Quarve Contracting provides green exterior building solutions for home and business owners in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.