Roof Insulation Tips

Summer is fading into fall, the temperature is dropping lower and lower each night, and before you know it, you’ll be pulling your winter coat out of storage. But if you’re cold, just imagine how cold your roof and attic will be this winter! Naked, exposed to the elements, their beams and shingles shivering every time a draft blows in . . . If your roof and attic aren’t well-insulated, your energy bills will skyrocket during very cold months as well as very hot months. So before winter rolls in, consider adding insulation to your roof and attic. You’ll improve your home’s value, energy efficiency, and comfort level. Check out the roof insulation tips below for some ideas.

Roof Insulation tips

Roof Insulation Tips

Assess the Current Situation. Before you install additional insulation, take a look at your current insulation. Throw away any material that is compressed, moldy, or water stained. Also, look for asbestos insulation if your home was built before 1990, and call in the pros if you find it (it may be necessary to have it tested and/or removed).

Choose Your Insulation Material Carefully. There are four materials commonly used for insulation: rolls and batts, loose-fill, rigid foam, and foam-in-place. Choose your insulation based on your attic’s size and shape, your budget, and your climate. Note that insulation with a higher R-value provides a higher level of insulation. Use this chart for help deciding how high an R-value is necessary for your neck of the woods.

Seal Leaks First. Insulation is very useful, but if you don’t seal up air leaks, your insulation won’t be able to do its job effectively. Use caulk and spray foam (depending on the area) to block any places where air is leaking into the home. Then, seal roof leaks to prevent water from seeping in and creating mold or mildew.

Preserve Air Flow. Although you don’t want air to leak out, you need to protect the attic’s airflow so that the roof will stay cool (and so that ice dams won’t form during the winter). To preserve the airflow, don’t cover up the soffit vents, don’t let the insulation touch the roof’s underside, and consider stapling baffles to the roof’s sheathing.

Don’t Use Your Attic for Storage. Surely there is somewhere else in the house that you can store your Christmas decorations and old boxes of clothes. Move them, donate them, or throw them in the trash, because adding insulation to the floor of your attic is one of the best ways to insulate the space.

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Of course you could simply dial back your thermostat and bundle your kids up in snowsuits, but adding insulation to your roof and attic is a long-term solution that will save you money for years to come (and keep your family toasty warm!). Plus, in the summertime, the added insulation will prevent your home from becoming overly warm. It won’t replace your heater or AC, but investing in insulation is a great way to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

If you’re remodeling your house or building a new home and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home (or roof!) of your dreams.