The primary responsibility of your roof insulation is to equally transfer heat across the roof surface. When your roof is adequately insulated, you increase your fire rating, decrease your carbon footprint, and typically see less roof deck expansion and contraction. However, when done incorrectly, your energy bills will surely increase. Learn how to properly insulate your roof so you can check and fix some of the most common insulation mistakes.
If you need assistance inspecting your roof for potential problems, contact our team at Homewerx. Our experienced contractors will ensure that your roof is in top condition.
Where to Start – The Roof or the Attic?
One of the first things to consider when dealing with insulation is whether you are insulating your roof or your attic. These are two very different projects. If you’re not sure where to start, insulating your attic will typically only take a few days and will actually solve most of your insulation problems.
If you’ve been in your attic, the pink fluffy material you often see there is the insulation. This type of insulation comes in two types—loose-fill and batt.
Loose-fill, also called blown-in, is moldable and can be tucked into irregular spaces. This is a good option for attics with atypical joint spacing or low clearances. Because insulating an attic requires a blowing machine, it is a job that should be reserved for professionals. When your attic is properly insulated, you’ll notice the following:
- Lower utility bills
- Better indoor air quality
- Less wear and tear on your HVAC system
- More comfortable temperatures throughout the home
If your attic is well-insulated but you’re still seeing high energy bills and moisture in the attic, it may mean that there is more at play than faulty attic insulation. Often times, the next step is to address the roof.
There are two ways you can insulate your roof—with spray foam or rigid foam board. While the spray foam is easier and more convenient to use since it doesn’t need to be cut or measured, a foam board has a smaller chance of thermal bridging. Again, when it comes to installing insulation, this task is best left to a professional.
While roof insulation requires a more extensive process than attic insulation, it has many benefits. Not only does it help your home retain heat, but it also works to prevent excess heat from entering your home. A properly insulated roof will help keep the house at a comfortable temperature so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard, and you don’t have to pay as much each month.
Contact Homewerx Today
If you’ve noticed an increase in your energy bills and have ruled out insulation as the problem, reach out to our team at Homewerx today. One of our expert contractors will give your roof a thorough evaluation to see if there are any other problem points. We look forward to serving you and getting your roof in top condition!