Insulating your home is an important step toward keeping energy costs manageable. One of the most important parts of your home to insulate properly is your roof as this is where most warm air escapes in the winter months. So what do you need to know before you begin? This question is answered in an article by Laura Firszt of Networx entitled, Insulate Your Roof to Stay Warm and Save Cash. In this article, Firszt presents a lot of useful information and tips. Among them:
- Maintenance is Key: As Firszt advises, “Work with what you have.” She recommends that you keep your roof, soffit and fascia in good condition through regular maintenance and inspections and that you address potential problems as soon as you notice them. This can prevent your home from becoming drafty or damaged by water leaks.
- Decide between a “Cold” or “Warm” Roof: There are two different ways that you can insulate a roof. A “cool roof” is most beneficial to those who live in climates that face harsh winters as it can help to prevent the formation of ice-dams.
- Choose between Blanket Insulation and Spray Insulation: Blanket insulation is the most commonly used insulation type. It is usually made from fiberglass, but can also be made using recycled newspaper or fabric scraps or with natural sheep’s wool. Spray foam insulation is applied directly to rafters and trusses to prevent heat transfer through the wood. This type of insulation typically releases hazardous fumes during the application process so the homeowner will need to find alternate living space for a while after the home is insulated.
You can learn more by reading the full article here.
If you have questions about your roofing maintenance or insulation or other roofing concerns and you live in the southwestern Chicagoland area, you can call Baltic Exteriors. We have been providing home improvement services, with an emphasis on roofing, to area residents for more than a decade. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your roofing needs. Contact us today by phone or through our Web form to schedule an obligation-free appointment.