Why Adequate Attic Insulation is Imperative to the Health of Your Roof (Prominent)
“Out of sight, out of mind.” This famous quote from Homer is true in so many areas of our lives. But it probably couldn’t be more true than the insulation in our attics. That dungy, dusty area of our homes is often forgotten about once the house is built and we move in. The wise homeowner, though, monitors the attic to ensure all is going well. After all, the attic and roof work together to keep the home comfortable and cozy.
Here are 8 benefits, and a brief description, of why it is imperative to keep proper insulation in our attics.
Save on Energy
Heat travels. It is important to make sure there is a proper barrier between the roof and the home. A well-insulated attic can keep the summer sun from entering the home, and the winter warmth from escaping. Keeping a proper barrier will also allow the interior temperatures to remain and the heating system will run less. (Learn more about home heating systems)F
Controls Air Leaks
According to research done at Cornell University, approximately 40% of home heating costs are lost from air leaking through ceilings, walls, and floors. If the air is closed off from escaping through the roof, then it can reduce utility costs.
Keeps Your Room Temperature Comfortable
To keep your home at a more stable temperature, make sure to insulate the attic properly. Are your upstairs rooms hotter while the downstairs is cooler? Perhaps more insulation is necessary.
Better Air Quality
Dirt, radon, smoke, and mold can cause serious health concerns such as allergies, headaches, and respiratory complications. A strong solid roof with proper insulation in the attic can keep those pollutants at bay.
Increase Your Home Value
High R-value insulation adds value to your home. The R-value in insulation refers to its thermal resistance and the ability of the insulation to reduce heat flow, meaning to keep the heat in and the cold out. The thicker the insulation, the higher the R-value and the greater the insulation capacity.
Useful Attic Space
Is the attic of your home used as storage space? Think of what you could do with that space if the temperature was more comfortable. Perhaps it could be a playroom for the kids, an extra bedroom, or an office. This will add value to your home!
Prevent Ice Dams
This is a serious consideration, especially in Minneapolis! Ice dams are detrimental to the health of your roofing system. Damage can occur when the snow on the roof melts, and refreezes, causing ice to form. If there is insufficient insulation, thousands of dollars in roof damage can occur due to ice dams.
Squirrels are enjoyable to watch, but only if they remain outside. Once they enter the home and have families in our attics, they are no longer enjoyable. If there are open gaps in your roofing system, and pests find their way in, the insulation in your attic can make a comfortable home in the cold winter months. Make sure your attic is sealed from any open gaps, and old insulation is removed and replaced to remove animal droppings and toxic waste.
The roof of your home is a major investment. The longer you keep your roof in good shape, the better. Keeping proper insulation in your attic is a great way to assist in keeping your roof strong and solid.
If you feel the need to speak with a professional about the condition of your roof or insulation in Minneapolis area, be sure to contact Prominent Construction LLC in Minneapolis. We have over 250 5-star customer reviews from your friends and neighbors and are trusted roofers with the knowledge to assist you with any questions you may have when it comes to roofing and insulation. Call us today to learn more about lowering your energy bills each month by increasing your insulation.
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