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Is Your Roanoke Home Properly Insulated?

Did you know that nine out of ten homes in the United States are not sufficiently insulated? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 50-70% of an average home’s total energy usage. That means that if your home is under-insulated, you’re literally paying for your heating and cooling efforts to seep right out of your Roanoke home.

A properly insulated home is healthier, more comfortable, more energy-efficient, and will save you money. The estimate is that a properly insulated home can save you up to 30% on your heating and cooling utility bills. If you suspect your house is not fully insulated, don’t wait another day to do something about it. Star City Home Services provides attic insulation services to insulate your home properly.

Attic Insulation Inspection From Star City Home Services

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The attic is the easiest place in your home to add insulation in order to increase comfort and reduce energy costs. Improperly insulated attics account for 28% of heating loss in a one-story house, so it’s easy to see how making this one change can dramatically change your home’s energy efficiency.

How Can You Tell If Your Attic Is Properly Insulated?

Regardless of the type of insulation you have in your attic, it’s fairly easy to determine if you need more. Simply look across your attic to see if the insulation is below, level with, or above the floor joists. If you can easily see the floor joists, you need more insulation for your attic. If you can’t easily see the floor joists, you probably have enough.

While checking your insulation, you should also see if the level is uniform throughout the attic. You may often have an ample amount in the center of the attic, but barely any along the eaves. A properly insulated attic will have a similar level all the way through.

Star City Home Services will inspect your attic to determine if you have the sufficient amount of insulation for your home. During the inspection, we’ll also check the attic for any air leaks and to see if it has proper ventilation.

How Much Insulation Should I Add?

Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type.

If this makes little sense to you, don’t worry! Our experts will make sure you receive the right amount and type of insulation to meet your home’s needs.

Attic Capping With TAP Insulation

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At Star City Home Services, we use TAP insulation, which provides several benefits over traditional insulation. TAP stands for Thermal, Acoustic, Pest Control.


Our blown-in TAP insulation is made of a recycled paper mixture that keeps the heat in and the cold out in winter, and the cool air in and the heat out in summer. TAP insulation can save you up to 30% on your heating and cooling bills each year.


In addition to its energy-saving properties, TAP insulation also provides acoustic benefits. Loud noises from outside have trouble penetrating TAP insulation, keeping your home a quieter, more peaceful place to spend time.

Pest Control

TAP insulation is coated with a borate substance that helps prevent pests from infesting. When pests get into the insulation and ingest the borate, they are unable to survive.

Benefits Of TAP Insulation

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  • Lower heating and cooling costs
  • A more energy-efficient home
  • Qualifies your home for a tax credit
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  • Saves you money over time
  • Reduces unwanted noise from outside
  • Prevents pest infestations
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  • Non-flammable
  • Mold-resistant
  • Eco-friendly, made with recycled products

The Attic Insulation You’ve Been Missing In Your Roanoke Home

There’s a good chance, a 90% chance in fact, that your home does not have the right amount of insulation. If you’ve never checked, or if you know you need more, but haven’t done anything about it yet, now is the time to take action. Star City Home Services offers attic capping using TAP insulation that will lower your bills, make your home more energy-efficient, prevent pests, and more. To get started, contact us today.

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