Insulating Lofted or Cathedral Ceilings
Lofted ceilings are a staple in many homes, and they come with their own set of insulation challenges. This blog post will talk about the insulating process for lofted or cathedral ceilings, properly installing insulation on rafters that have recessed lights, and why this is so important for energy savings.
What Are Lofted Ceilings?
A lofted ceiling or ceilings that are lofted are placed between the rafters. Lofted ceilings are most often found in families with children, as they allow for an additional bedroom or two on top of living space.
In addition, to provide more room for people, lofted ceilings also help create the feeling of spaciousness and openness in areas where it may not be possible otherwise– such as in a basement or under an existing staircase.
Lofts also offer additional storage space and create the opportunity to include insulation and drywall that are higher-grade than what is found on exterior walls.
This means lofted ceilings usually have more insulation and better soundproofing properties than other types of ceiling systems–though they are often more expensive.
Why Should Loft Ceilings Be Insulated?
Loft ceilings should be insulated because they are an open space for conditioned air to escape. Loft ceilings should be insulated because they are a cold spot in the room. As a result, they’re prone to heat and cool air leaks resulting in a home that isn’t energy efficient.
If your home is not energy efficient, it simply means you will be spending more to heat up or cool your house during the winter and summer months, respectively. In other words, you will have higher utility bills to get a comfortable home.
Why Are Loft Ceilings Difficult To Insulate?
With lofted ceilings, however, the insulation is limited to the width of each rafter: if there’s an opening for a recessed light fixture, you will need to install additional insulation around it– or go with LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs. If you have any other type of opening in the ceiling, such as a chimney or an exterior wall knocked out to create another room– you will need to cut insulation panels and attach them around each opening.
The lofted ceiling construction poses a challenge for insulation installation because of limited space between rafters, which means that thicker material like plywood or OSB board is needed to insulate properly. Recessed fixtures create gaps in the insulation as well. Finally, lofted ceilings also provide an excellent opportunity to add insulation in the attic.
During construction, if you have the opportunity to avoid lofted ceilings, it can be an excellent idea for the sake of insulating your home.
Irrespective of how challenging insulating lofted ceilings are, they still need insulation for higher energy efficiency, savings on energy costs in your home, and high levels of comfort. That’s where we come in!
A1 Home Insulation is up to the task. We can insulate your lofted ceilings and ensure you get the best.