There are several materials of choice for residential insulation. For example, materials such as fibreglass can last up to 100 years in ideal conditions. Emphasis is, of course, on the phrase "ideal conditions." In non-ideal and real conditions, the lifespan of your residential insulation can drastically decline on account of one or more of the reasons highlighted in this article.
1. Water Damage
Be it from a leaking gutter or leaking plumbing, water will degrade and break down your residential insulation material faster. If you are not careful to take care of water damage fast enough, then you may be faced with a situation where you need to re-insulate your home within a short time.
Engage a professional plumber to take care of all plumbing leaks. A handyman can help with repairing your gutter. The sooner you can get both of these issues addressed, the better for your insulation.
2. Poor Installation
Water weight is not the only thing that can cause your residential insulation to sag. If the insulation is not laid out well at the initial installation, the probability of the insulation sagging from the onset or after a while increases.
The good news is that if the insulation suffers no other damage, you have to set it back into position. You should carefully select who you choose to do your residential insulation project. You want someone who will get it right the first time around.
3. Passage Of Time
Even with excellent installation, and protection against water damage, it is not uncommon to discover that your residential insulation has shifted or that it is sagging. This usually happens around the15–20 year mark after installation.
In this case, there is no real reason for the sagging since there isn't much to do or not to do that would help matters. What you can do is reset the insulation, or otherwise replace it if you so wish.
4. Pest Damage
Those pesky rodents and other pests that have made a nest of your attic space can damage your residential insulation. The pests will gnaw away at your insulation, causing serious damage. To avoid pest damage, ensure that you block possible entry points. A call to your local pest control service can also help you to get rid of any pests before they breed and cause more damage.
Get the installation done right, protect it from pest and water damage, and you can look forward to enjoying your residential insulation for a very long time. Speak with a professional who works with insulation for more information.