Insulation is a great way to help keep your home cool. However, this gets a bit complicated when you consider that each part of your home has its own insulation requirements and recommendations.
Why you Should Care About Roof Insulation
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says that insulating your roof and attic are very important. They offer you the best return on investment. This is because heat rises and so it will end up in your home’s attic. Although it doesn’t get “cold” in Florida, there are still months when the weather is “cooler.” When this happens the air you’re paying your hard-earned money to heat will get trapped in your attic instead of getting circulated back into your home where it can keep you and your family comfortable.
When there isn’t any roof insulation in your home, hot air will also enter your home throughout Florida’s hot, summer months. As you work hard to keep the heat out of your home, this unwanted summer air can pose many problems. It will force your air conditioning system to work harder to keep your home cool.
Missing or inefficient insulation also means that cool air in your home can easily escape through your roof. Energy escaping your home in this way will also make your energy bills skyrocket.
How to fix Your Roof Insulation Problems
The best way to insulate your attic is with spray foam insulation. It’s specifically designed to seal air leaks and keep water and mold from entering your home. Applying spray foam insulation to your attic’s ceiling will also reduce and prevent rain water damage – something that will also help protect your home’s integrity. However, you can’t just use any type of insulation here because your attic poses specific challenges. As such, you’ll need insulation that has a higher R-Value. The exact R-value depends on the type of heating system your home has but will range from 38 – 49, which is much higher than what’s required by your walls (R-Value of 13 – 18).
Installing spray foam insulation is a complex process. This is easier when you install it on new construction homes during the building phase. You can also consider this when you’re doing a home renovation. However, if you have an older home that needs roof insulation, don’t worry. Spray foam insulation works great in all homes.
One thing that’s important for you to remember is that after you install spray foam insulation, your home will need to vent for a few days to get rid of the fumes. During this time you won’t be able to live there. However, once the fumes clear, your home is be safe for you and your family to return home to.
If you’re still confused about your roofing options, contact Done Rite Roofing. They’ve been helping clients, such as yourself, learn about their roofing options for the past 16 years. If it’s time to rethink your roof insulation, make sure you give them a call. They will conduct an assessment and discuss with you the best ways to improve the insulation in your home.