For most people, the attic is that unused space between the roof and the ceiling that can be used for storage. But it is more than that. In fact, if insulated properly, the attic can protect your home against extreme temperatures. In today’s post, local roofing and wood window replacement company Kroll Construction discusses how attic insulation can improve the long-term performance of your roof.
What Insulation Does for Your Roof
Your home’s living area is an environment that has insulation, as well as temperature and humidity control. All of this helps ensure indoor comfort regardless of outdoor conditions. Heat naturally moves towards cooler areas, and insulation is in place to slow down this movement. Insulation on the roof helps make sure that heat stays indoors during cold months, and outdoors during hot months.
Impact of Poor Attic Insulation
A poorly insulated attic can cause many problems other than discomfort. During winter, insufficient insulation will let heat from your indoor spaces escape through the roof. This will raise your home’s heating requirements and put more strain on your heating system, which, in turn, can strain your utility budget. Roof decks that lack insulation are also prone to ice damming during winter.
During the summer season, lack of insulation can increase the radiant heat that gets absorbed through the roof and into your home, which would raise your home’s cooling requirements, and, therefore, your cooling bills. The heat absorbed through the roof will work against the benefits you may derive from energy efficient home improvements like wood window replacement.
Improving Attic Insulation
The good news is attic insulation can be installed in your existing attic. There are many types of attic insulation that can be installed on various kinds of attics. Unfinished attics typically have loose-fill or blanket fiberglass insulation installed in the attic floor cavities. Cellulose (paper pulp) or expanding foam insulation can be installed right under the roof deck, which is ideal for finished or converted attics. It can be used as the sole insulating layer or together with attic floor insulation.
Kroll Construction is your leading provider of roofing and wood window replacement services serving Detroit, MI, and surrounding communities in Michigan. Give us a call at (734) 999-1022. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.