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The Importance of Roofing Insulation
What You Should Know!
Your home is constantly under attack from the elements. The sun beats down on us in the summer, while the cold wind and rain try to get in during the winter. Insulation is essential as you work to keep your homes comfortable and energy bills low. Here’s a look at the different types of insulation and how they work.
The Important Roles of Insulation
Insulation is a blanket or barrier to the outside, reducing heat loss within your home during cooler months. The reverse is true for warmer weather; insulation prevents cool air from escaping, regulating your indoor temperature without consuming extra energy. Insulation also helps in reducing condensation inside buildings and can increase your home’s fire rating.
Poor insulation is very costly. For example, a lack of quality insulation in your attic can lead to a loss of 25% heat from your home, causing your energy bill to increase accordingly. On the other hand, by controlling the indoor temperature, insulation lessens the energy expenditure on HVAC units trying to keep your home hot or cold against the outdoor climate, and thus, saves you money in the long run.
The more energy efficient your roofing insulation is, the less of a carbon footprint you leave behind. So, by toning down your use of energy via HVAC systems and upgrading your insulation, you contribute to helping the environment!
Types of Insulation
While most buildings differ in insulation designs and materials, some of the most common roofing insulation materials are as follows.
Spray Foam Insulation
As the name implies, spray foam is a form of insulation that we spray on the underside of your roofs. It’s a great option for sealing cracks because of its moisture resistance and long lifespan. It’s usually made from polyurethane or latex spray, which is just one reason why you’ll want to call the experts for installation. Our team at J Ferg can discuss the perks of using spray foam. We can also handle the installation if spray foam is a good choice for your insulation needs.
Fiberglass or Batt Insulation
Batt insulation, made from fiberglass, is one of the more accessible insulation materials to install. Since you can buy it in rolls, you can easily cut it to fit any ceiling or rafter space. However, you should take special care when handling and cutting the batt insulation because it can irritate your eyes and lungs. That’s just one of the reasons why we recommend that you get help from our expert team of technicians at J Ferg. Since batt insulation is not as efficient as some of the other options, we’ll help you determine if it’s the best choice for your home. We can also handle the installation.
Loose-fill or Blown-in
Loose-fill or blown-in insulation is your best bet for filling large spaces like attics. It’s a mix of fiberglass, cellulose, or recycled materials. You use the tube to blow it into your attic, so you can more easily access hard-to-reach areas. Since it’s another fiberglass-based material, you need an expert technician to handle this insulation. Our team can walk you through the entire process and get the installation done quickly and effectively.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Structural insulated panels are an extremely durable and increasingly popular option for roofing insulation. These boards look like plywood with insulation sandwiched in between. They may be a popular choice, but they’re also hard to install. Our J Ferg techs can handle the installation.
Rigid Insulation Boards
Rigid insulation boards are better suited for walls instead of roofing or attics. They’re made from polyisocyanurate, extruded polystyrene (XPS), or expanded polystyrene (EPS), depending on how high of an R-value you need. The higher the R-value, the more expensive the material. However, these materials keep your home’s temperature steady, so the higher cost often balances out as you save on energy costs. Although fire-resistant material is a benefit, you’ll also need to take special care in handling the material to ensure your safety. Our team at J Ferg offers their expertise in safe handling and installation to get the job done.
Which Type of Insulation do I Need?
The best roofing insulation choice will depend on your needs for your home. Factors like fire and mold resistance, desired R-values, the location of the insulation, the climate in your area, and more will determine what kind of insulation is the best one for you.
How Can J Ferg Help With Insulation Installation?
At J Ferg, we offer recommendations and knowledgeable insulation advice. So, contact the experts to better understand the importance of insulation, which option is best for you, and even handle the installation. We’re here to deliver the service and reliability you count on as part of our J Ferg guarantee.
The First Step Is To Connect With Us.
Give us a call or use the contact form here to get in touch with a member of our team. From there, we will figure out the best course of action to get your needs taken care of.