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What is retrofit insulation?

Have you ever heard the term “retrofitting with insulation” or “retrofit insulation”? If you have and are wondering what it means, we’re here to clear up any confusion! So what is retrofit insulation? Retrofitting a home or building with insulation is essentially re-insulating.

New construction insulation refers to the insulation that is installed during construction of a home or building. It is usually easier and more cost-effective to insulate a home or building that is being built, but sometimes retrofit insulation is required—insulation can settle over time. It can also be installed incorrectly, and if that’s the case, you’ll need to upgrade later to enjoy the benefits, such as energy savings and a more comfortable home all year round.

Insulation for Existing Homes

If you’re building a custom home, that’s one thing—you’ll most likely be asked about insulation. But if you just moved into a home that was built in the 1970s or earlier, there’s a good chance it’s not insulated or doesn’t have enough insulation (learn more about how much insulation you need).

How else can you tell if you need to install retrofit insulation?

You may need to install retrofit insulation if your energy bills have been steadily increasing, your home is drafty, or temperatures from room to room aren’t uniform.

While these aren’t all the signs that indicate you need to re-insulate your home, they are some easy ones to look out for.

Materials Used for Retrofitting Insulation

Retrofit insulation isn’t all that different than new construction insulation in terms of materials you can use. You can use any material to upgrade your home’s or building’s insulation:

  • Cellulose insulation
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Foam insulation
  • Radiant barrier insulation

The type of insulation you install depends on several factors, such as the type of HVAC system you have, what type of attic you have, and more. Sometimes you’ll need to install two different types of insulation. For example, radiant barrier insulation is installed in the attic, right under the roof, but other areas in your home—such as the walls—may require thermal insulation like cellulose and/or fiberglass. For specifics about your situation, you should talk to a professional insulation company.

Retrofit Insulation: Superinsulation

What is “superinsulation”? It’s an approach to building design and retrofitting that significantly reduces heat loss and gain by using the proper amount of insulation and energy-efficient airtight construction.

As always, it’s best to speak to professional insulation contractors. They’ll be able to help you determine what type of insulation to install, where to install it, and how much you need. They’ll also be familiar with codes and regulations.

Need to Re-Insulate Your Southern CA Home?

If you need to install retrofit insulation—or if you simply want to learn more about insulation for existing homes—contact OJ Insulation. We can re-insulate your home or building and help you start saving on your energy bills!

How Else Can You Tell If You Need to Install Retrofit Insulation?

You may need to install retrofit insulation if your energy bills have been steadily increasing, your home is drafty, or temperatures from room to room aren’t uniform.

So What Is Retrofit Insulation?

Retrofitting a home or building with insulation is essentially re-insulating.

What Is “Superinsulation”?

Superinsulation is an approach to building design and retrofitting that significantly reduces heat loss and gain by using the proper amount of insulation and energy-efficient airtight construction.

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