Trying to pick the right type of insulation for your home can give you a headache! You’ve got R values to consider as well as the type and age of your home.
Then, you’ve got lots of product choices including cellulose, blown in insulation and even specialty products like TAP.
So how do you know what’s best for you? Our suggestion: research and read reviews.
In this article we’ll give you a full review of TAP Insulation including what the product is designed to do as well as a detailed assessment of whether or not it works.
What Makes TAP Different?
TAP is similar to “traditional” insulation in that it is cellulose based, blown-in insulation.
When they actually see the product, the logical first question most people have is “how is TAP different from normal insulation”? After all…it looks the same.
TAP is infused with Borate, a product which helps control roaches, earwigs and other pests. Now, don’t be alarmed. Borate is found in all sorts of household products like soap and shampoo. Not a problem for humans. But bugs sure hate it.
Why We Started Carrying TAP Insulation
Our crusade to get rid of bugs takes us into a whole lot of attics. And when we get up there, things aren’t always pretty.
We’ve seen attic insulation completely destroyed by years of unchecked pest problems. Rat urine. Roach droppings. You name it.
After we put an end to the pest problems in an attic which have gone on for too long, the insulation is often damaged beyond repair.
That’s when homeowners turn to an insulation contractor to sanitize their attic and replace the insulation.
Instead of replacing damaged or torn up insulation with the traditional product, we began installing TAP. This gives homeowners all the benefits of new high R-value insulation along with the added bonus of keeping their attics free of pests in the future.
It’s a win-win.
How TAP Insulation Works
TAP is similar to traditional blown-in insulation in that we blow it into all the same places you’d put spray foam or any other type of attic insulation.
If you’ve had older insulation in your attic for some time, TAP studies show that you’re going to immediately see a drop in your energy bills.
You can even add TAP insulation over your existing insulation if it’s relatively new. For instance, many new construction homes are insulated to meet minimum standards which require an R value of around 20.
Adding another 8-10 inches of TAP on top of that newer insulation should pay for itself in 2-3 years depending on your energy usage.
Also here in Louisiana you may qualify for a tax rebate as TAP is considered an energy star rated product. Check with your tax professional for details.
Keep Out Multiple Types of Pests
In addition to the well-documented energy savings, TAP will make sure you don’t have pests taking up residence in your attic.
Borate is designed to keep out creepy-crawlies like roaches, earwigs, spiders and the like.
TAP Insulation Review – The Final Verdict
Our review of TAP is that it’s something of a no-brainer if you’re facing the prospect of insulating your attic.
It gives you all the energy savings and comfort benefits of high quality insulation combined with the added benefit of keeping pests out of your attic.
The one drawback? TAP is NOT a substitute for regular pest control. TAP keeps pests out of your attic, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have pests outside your home trying to get in through other means. That’s where a highly skilled pest control technician comes in!
If you have any questions about whether or not TAP Insulation is right for your home, please contact us in Baton Rouge or Covington, LA. Our service area covers Lafayette to Mandeville, Covington, Slidell and the northshore communities to the entire metro New Orleans area.