Would you like to further protect your home and enhance its efficiency?
You’ve found just the company to help.
The Abra Kadabra team now offers expert attic insulation services for homes in the greater Twin Cities west metro area. Many years of inspecting attics experiencing wildlife infestations and damage have shown us that attics frequently lack proper insulation.
Whether this is due to the sheer age of the insulation, settling, or wildlife damage, our team can help!
In response to observing many homes lacking proper insulation, Abra Kadabra has added this valuable service to our host of offerings. In Minnesota, Energystar.gov recommends between 16 an 18 inches of blown in insulation for your attic space. The purpose of this insulation is to retain energy in the form of heat and minimize energy output. If less than 16 inches of insulation is present in your home, there is potential for ice dams to build up on it’s exterior.
This service is designed to not only improve your home efficiency and prevent ice dams, but also provide additional benefits.
Our attic insulation installation experts install a borate infused cellulose insulation that can prevent some of the most common attic insect infestations. Common pest issues in the attic: spiders, stinging insects, carpet beetles (feeding on rodenticide or deceased rodents), boxelder bugs, lady asian beetles, bat bugs and others. This material is both more mold and mildew resistant, and more fire resistant than traditional foam based insulations. Even better, this insulation is significantly less environmentally impactful to create, in comparison with foam insulations- over 87% of this material is made using recycled newspaper.
Compromised insulation thickness leads to decreased energy retention and increased heating and cooling costs. If you will be living in your home for more than 1 year, you may be able to offset the cost of adding insulation to your attic through the energy savings it will provide to you. It is common for homes to experience a 30% or greater reduction in their energy costs after bringing insulation up to par.
Lower heat retention leads to snow melt above the affected area, leading to melting then freezing lower down, preventing melted water from draining off the roof. This refreezing is observed as ice dams, a buildup of ice whose weight can damage your roof, gutters, and soffits. Water at and above these areas can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas. This damage can open the door for Carpenter Ants to create a satellite nesting location, a phenomenon frequently noted by our wildlife technicians.
Ice dams form when the snow on a roof surface that is above freezing will melt. As melted snow (water) flows down the roof, it eventually reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32º F and freezes. This causes the ice dam.
As snow continues to melt, it builds up at the “dam” portion of the roof (only in areas below 32º F) where the water will back up behind the ice dam while remaining liquid. This water may find cracks and openings in the exterior of the roof coverings which may allow the water to back up into the home resulting in water damage.
The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that average below 32º F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.
Borate infused insulation will prevent insects such as lady asian beetles, boxelders, wasps, hornets, stinging insects, stink bugs and other insects from intruding your home through the attic space. This green insecticide is an additional level of protection for your home and all of its occupants.
If you need expert insulation installation services at your home in the Twin Cities west metro area, contact our attic insulation installation crew today! After our services, you can say “goodbye” to attic pests and home energy inefficiencies!
Licensed in Minnesota, Abra Kadabra’s technicians are Journeyman or Master certified, and continue to update their knowledge and licensing annually. Their goal is to help homeowners, landlords, and business owners eliminate pests with as little human exposure to pesticides as possible. Environmental sustainability and the Integrated Pest Management approach to pest control is at the core of everything we do.