As a homeowner, when you think of the words “roof maintenance,” what do you think of? Perhaps you’re thinking of gutters, asphalt shingles, rickety ladders, or maybe even the slabs of plywood needed when fixing a large patch of water damage.
While all of these things play a role in residential roof maintenance, there is another related aspect of home maintenance that is just as important as a durable roof — your attic insulation. Attic insulation is incredibly important to the longevity and durability of your roof, not to mention the house itself. However, some homeowners forget about this important component because it is usually out of sight and, therefore, out of mind.
So what exactly is the point of a home’s attic insulation? Keep reading to find out
Did You Know?
If your home is just 10 to 15 years old, then you probably have one of the 46 million under-insulated homes in the country. Without the proper attic insulation, your home will leak warm and cool air, depending on the season, and cause your energy bills to rise. In short, attic insulation keeps you from wasting both energy and money.
What does a home’s insulation do?
The whole purpose of insulation is to keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. It helps to regulate temperature in your home.
How does it work?
It’s pretty simple: in addition to the insulation placed throughout the walls and crawlspaces of your home, insulation is placed in your attic. It acts as a barrier between the outside world and the rest of the home. Insulation works both from the inside out and the outside in. In the winter, the warm air will bounce off the insulation to heat your home, and in the summer the warm air from the outside will be blocked from entering the home.
What kind of insulation should I buy?
There are plenty of different materials used for insulation, but most homeowners don’t need to worry about installing it themselves. Many residential roofing contractors also specialize in installing attic insulation. You’re most likely familiar with the puffy, pink insulation that is made from a material similar to wool. Cotton and hemp are also great insulators as they can trap pockets of air within their fibers.
Just like simply choosing the right roofing material can result in a 30% decrease in your home’s energy needs, the proper insulation for your home can drastically reduce your home’s energy bills. So at the start of every season, when you are going about your typical roof maintenance needs, don’t forget about the fluffy clouds of insulation that can save you a bundle! Likewise, if you notice any damp or wet patches of attic insulation, that most likely means you have a leaky roof.
Don’t know where to start when it comes to insulating your home or preventative roof maintenance? Our Indianapolis roofing contractors are here to help, so call us today.