Orange County NY Roofing: Article About Insulation Installation
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic and around your roof reduces your energy bills by keeping warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer from escaping the living areas of the house into the attic. It also protects your roof from condensation, which can lead to the formation of mold and mildew. Colder climates require higher R-value insulation to ensure that heat remains inside the home. While maintaining heat flow is part of the job of insulation, it also seals air leaks and protects against moisture in the attic. Orange County NY roofing professionals can help you determine if you have adequate insulation in the attic of your house.
It is not unusual for a home to have three or more types of insulation, including spray or rigid foam, loose fill and batts. Though each type has multiple uses, they also have limitations on where they should be used. Determining which type of insulation is suited to a specific area of the home depends on cost, ease of installation, the resistance of the material to moisture and available space. Using a professional to install insulation guarantees the job will be done correctly. Sloppy installation can significantly reduce the R-value of the material and allow for poor performance.
Though insulation can be put in place by a handy homeowner, it is best left to the professionals. The ideal time to insulate is when the roof is being replaced; however, there are other ways to insulate. The simplest way is to add material to the floor of the attic. It may be necessary to pull up the existing floor and put in a new layer of material.
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Installing insulation on the floor has a few advantages over placing it on the slope of the roof, including making it easier to detect and pinpoint leaks in the roof sheathing. In addition, it is the easiest, fastest and least expensive way to install thick insulation.
If the ceiling under the attic is flat, the attic can be insulated with fiberglass batts, spray polyurethane foam or blown cellulose or fiberglass, although cellulose is recommended for colder climates. The insulation should reach over the top plates of the exterior walls. Soffit vents and the underside of the roof should not be covered with loose fill or batts as it inhibits the air flow from the soffits to the ridge vents.
Loose fill insulation is packed in bags and blown into the attic to the specified density and depth to achieve the targeted R-value. It works best in attics where there are a lot of obstructions to work around, low-clearance areas or irregular joist spacing where existing insulation is to be used because the material fills joists and gaps well.
Batt insulation is cost-effective, energy-effective and long-lasting insulation for an attic. It comes in pre-cut panels and works well in attic spaces. Although it is generally made of fiberglass, it also comes in rock, slag wool and natural cotton varieties. If it is installed by the roll, it will have to be cut to size. Care should be used to ensure that there are no gaps, which would allow heat to escape from the home.