How To Remove Fiberglass Insulation From Your Attic

Posted on: 3 August 2016

When getting ready to replace your home's old fiberglass insulation in the attic, you'll need to take the necessary steps to remove the old material. This is essential if you are adding spray foam insulation, which will need to get into every crevice of the attic to form a good seal. These tips will help you remove the old fiberglass insulation.

Tools & Materials

Before you can get started, you'll need to gather the following items.

  • Large contractor trash bags
  • Tape
  • Claw hammer
  • Crowbar
  • Respirator
  • Protective gloves and eyewear
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Safety First

When working with fiberglass insulation, you should always be wearing protective materials such as your eyewear, gloves, respirator, and long-sleeved shirt. The fibers of the insulation are not toxic like asbestos, but can cause irritation to your skin, since the insulation was injected with molten glass.

Make sure you have plenty of ventilation in the attic as well. You can do this by turning on the attic fan and opening up the ventilation grills that may be closed.

Removing Staples

There will be staples or small nails that were driven through your old fiberglass insulation to attach it to joists or studs. You can use your claw hammer or crowbar to remove these staples or nails as you work. It helps to have a small container nearby to put these nails and staples into so that they are not scattered across the floor of the attic.

Rolling Up Insulation

Once all the nails and staples are removed, you can roll up the insulation and use tape for holding it together. Keeping the insulation in a tight shape will help the material take up less room and make it easier to handle.

Removing Insulation

After you've removed all the insulation from the walls of the attic, it is time to get it out of your home. Use contractor trash bags to place all of the rolls of insulation in. This will help prevent the fibers from the insulation from getting into your home as you take them out of the attic. The contractor trash bags are tough, so they should not accidentally rip open and create a mess when transporting them.

With the old insulation removed, you'll be ready to have your insulation contractor come in and install the new material in your attic. If this seems like too much work, know that you can also hire them to remove the insulation for you. Contact a business, such as Tracy's Insulation, Inc., for more information.   

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