The Other Roof Jobs — Know When and Why You Need Them: PART III – Attic Insulation

Adding attic insulation is a home improvement project that can provide substantial benefits. If you have drafty rooms, inconsistent indoor temperatures, high heating or cooling bills, ice dams in the winter, and hot or cold ceilings, walls, and rooms, you can benefit a lot from having your attic insulated. In this post, we delve deeper into this project to help you realize why you need insulation for your attic.

Ventilation: The Key to Good Roof and Home Health

Wait, aren’t we talking about insulation, what’s that got to do with ventilation? At first, it might seem odd to apply insulation for warmth and then purposely let cold air into the attic through roof vents. However, it’s this combination of adequate insulation and ventilation that’s the key to having an energy-efficient home.

Basically, ventilation balances the air in and out of your home. By removing excess heat and moisture from the attic, premature damage to your roofing system is prevented. If you ignore proper ventilation, the roof’s ability to offer the needed protection is compromised. The roof’s resistance to weather will also be weakened.

Poor ventilation also manifests through high energy costs as trapped heat and moisture in your attic can make the living space below warmer or colder. Condensation caused by home appliances may also begin building up in your attic. This condensation can directly impact your roofing materials, and make for mold and mildew development that can give rise to various health problems.

The Benefits of Attic Insulation

Just like ventilation, insulation is critical in maintaining a stable climate for your attic. Its primary function is keep heated or cooled air inside your home. While it is typical for older homes to lack adequate insulation, newer homes are not guaranteed to fare any better either. It’s best to have a professional perform a thorough check of your attic and recommend solutions to help you keep your home comfortable and your energy bills low.

By learning a few relatively proactive measures you can take, you can maximize your roof’s lifespan and enhance its ability to protect your property and family. Make it a point to consult a trusted roofing professional who can provide you with more information about these projects and tell you more about their advantages.