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How to Install Fiberglass Insulation in Your Attic


Installing additional fiberglass insulation in your attic can really reduce energy bills. Watch this video to find out what you need to know in order to install it correctly. ...More




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How to Install Fiberglass Insulation in Your Attic

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When installing fiberglass insulation in your home, be sure to put the paper or foil vapor barrier facing toward the heated and cooled living area of the home (down in attics, up under floors, in on walls) to prevent condensation from occurring.

If you are applying an additional layer of fiberglass insulation to your attic, use unfaced insulation on top of the existing insulation to keep from trapping moisture between the layers.



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  1. michael czmyr Says:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    i have 12″ of insulation in the attic, problem where a contractor put in the stove vent the snow has been melting, i added some insulation but this problem is still there, i could not get to the suffit area to put insulation on top of the pipe and i i did i would be blocking off any venting from there, actually the area they put the outside vent at that location is blocked, can i stuff that 1 section with insulation? i never noticed this until i moved upstairs in the garage and been like this for a long time.
    thanks mike

  2. paul cope Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I just seal coated my driveway. I used a broom like bristle brush. It dried and you can see the streaks. From a distance it looks great. Question? Can I use a paint roller attached to a long handle and go over the driveway again to remove the brush streaking?? Will it work?
    Thanks. Paul

  3. Cheryl Gabriel Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    This whole insulation installation is very, very confusing. The video above shows that the fluffy side of the insulation is facing up. When the recommendation is to put the fluffy side down with the paper part facing the ceiling. So why did this guy in the video have the paper side down towards the floor and the fluffy side up. Don’t forget we are homeowners who needs to understand in layman terms. Show us and tell us as if we have no common sense, because we don’t.

  4. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Cheryl,
    The paper facing on insulation has an asphalt layer which acts as a vapor barrier. You only want one vapor barrier in your attic, and it should be as close to the ceiling as possible to prevent warm, moist air from coming up from the heated house and condensing when it hits the cold air in the attic. So if you’re installing insulation in an attic that doesn’t have any, used faced insulation and put the paper side down toward the ceiling. If you’re installing additional insulation in an attic that’s already insulated, use unfaced insulation that doesn’t have a vapor barrier. You can find out more in our articles on How to Apply a Vapor Barrier to Attic Insulation and Which Way to Face Insulation. Hope that helps!

  5. Kate Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Can you insulate the interior walls in an attic? I noticed in the above video that the walls are not insulated. My attic is the same.

  6. Official Comment:

    Joe T. Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Hi Kate, It’s not necessary to insulate attic walls because it’s an unheated space. The idea is to keep the temperature inside the attic as close as possible to the outside air temperature. It makes much more sense–and cents–to insulate the attic floor, which in effective is insulating the ceiling of the rooms below. That way, you block heated air (and air-conditioned air) from escaping through the ceilings and leaking into the attic. Hope this helps. Good luck!–Joe T.

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