Insulation Installers: Do I Need to Remove Old Insulation Before Installing New?

When it comes to insulation installers, you want the best you can get. For more than thirty years, Star Companies has been Kansas City’s local drywall and insulation contractors, providing quality workmanship, unmatched customer service and competitive pricing. Let our insulation installers do the hard part while you enjoy the benefits.

One question you may ask when thinking about insulation, ‘is it necessary to remove the old insulation before hiring insulation installers to put new?’ The answer to that is a mixed bag. According to Energy Star®, you can put new insulation over old insulation – unless it is wet. Wet insulation can lead to additional problems in the home like mold, mildew and sometimes the rotting of wood and roof rafters. On the other hand, however, there are times where it is perfectly fine to lay down new insulation over the top of the old. Some situations in which it would be necessary to remove old insulation include:

· You’re Replacing Current Insulation with Spray Foam: If you are planning to hire insulation installers to spray foam insulation, you need to remove any existing insulation prior to moving forward with the hiring process. This is because spray foam insulation creates an ultra-tight air seal, so there can be no debris in the way, or it will disrupt the seal.
· You’re Replacing Current Insulation with Faced Insulation: Faced insulation utilizes a vapor barrier, also known as a vapor retarder, that prevents moisture from moving from one space to another. This ‘facing’ also protects the surface of the insulation and helps fasten it to various building structures. This type of insulation is useful but only when done properly with the help of insulation installers.
· You’ve Had Rodents or Pests: Rats, mice, and other pests love to make their homes inside of loose-fill insulation and fiberglass batts – since they are so cozy. The biggest reason to replace the insulation in this instance? Pests leave behind droppings and urine that soak into the insulation and there is no way to separate it once its in. Best to just start over.
· You’ve Experienced Water Damage: If you’ve experienced any kind of roof leak, flood, or even just spilled condensation from an air conditioner, you need to check on your insulation. Insulation holds moisture for a long time, longer than most things, and then becomes a breeding ground for mold spores and mildew. Water damage also causes the insulation to lose its effectiveness, slowing down the transfer of heat through your home.

Its okay to keep old insulation if there’s none of the above mentioned going on, and its just adding more loose-fill, rolled, or batt insulation. You should always call a professional when tackling the removal and addition of new insulation, call the insulation installers at Star Companies!

At Star Companies, Inc., our insulation installers complete their work as quickly and flawlessly as possible. Once it is completed, homeowners are given a verifiable certificate of proof that includes the before and after results of the application. Once the entire project is complete, homeowners should notice the results immediately! Star Companies services the areas of Kansas City, Raytown, Independence, Lees Summit, Grandview, Blue Springs, Leawood, Overland Park and Prairie Village. If you need the help of our insulation installers, contact us today on our site for a FREE estimate or feel free to call us at (816) 353-2160 with any questions you may have.