For Warmer or Cooler: Regulating Home Temperature with Roofing Insulation

Well insulated homeHomeowners spend quite a bit of money throughout the year to keep their home at optimum temperature. The tendency is to start cranking the heat up during the winter to ward off the chill and bring out the air conditioners when the summer heat sets in.

This delicate balancing act of keeping the home temperature constant regardless of the season translates into spending a lot of energy and money.

There should already be something inside your home that helps this regulation. And it does much more than just keep heat in…

The Protective Layer Above Your Head

 Thermal insulation of a house roofRoofing insulation can significantly reduce a homeowner’s struggle to regulate the temperature. It is not only useful for heat retention in winter, it works to keep in cool air in summer. It all has to do with the different facets of insulation, such as its R-value (more about that below).

Factors of Roofing Insulation

When deciding what kind of roofing insulation to use for your home, one of the first things to understand is the concept of R-value. It is the basic measurement of how thermally resistant a material is when installed correctly. R-value is dependent on what material the insulation is made from and how it is made. One of the most important factors that affect R-value is thickness. By doubling the insulation’s thickness, the R-value can be significantly increased, but that also means doubling the material being used, which can be expensive.

Roofing Insulation Materials

Construction worker thermally insulating house attic with mineral woolThere are many choices to make when installing roofing insulation. The most common choice – and debate – is batts or loose fill. The former is the compacted material (that looks like foam mats) and fits inside wall spaces and roof cavities between supports and struts.

Loose fill is blown into an open space to create an insulating layer.

There is a third option below:

  • Foam board insulation: These stiff panels have a high insulating value, but must have a ½-inch gypsum board covering for fire safety.
  • Blanket batts and rolls: Made from mineral wool, fiberglass, or other plastic fibers. Good DIY material to work with and can be relatively inexpensive.
  • Loose fill insulation: Can be made from a lot of the same materials above, but is blown into open spaces. Should be done by a professional because if the material is too compacted, it can block ventilation in the roof.

 

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