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Why A Roof Project Is the Best Time for New Attic Insulation

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

As a homeowner, you welcome the chance to save money and take care of multiple problems at once. That’s why getting new attic insulation at the same time you are tackling a roof project may make sense. An attic insulation solution is often the perfect accompaniment. Here’s why the two could go together.

Costs and Work Are Easier With the Contractor Already There

By combining the two projects, you can save both time and money. A skilled contractor is already on hand to make inspections, create an estimate and arrange for the right supplies. With labor already on site and ready to go, costs may be lower than if you treated them as fully separate projects.

This also has additional benefits when it comes to clean up since there is one mess instead of two. You also experience less noise and less intrusion when the projects are combined, which is healthier for your home life – something that’s hard to put a price on.

Attic Problems Are More Likely to Be Discovered

Since the roof is right next to your attic, a roofer is likely to notice any significant attic insulation problems. This includes roof damage that may have affected your insulation. Roofers may also notice serious problems like mildew and mold growing on insulation, which need to be fixed quickly. Once these problems are noted, it’s efficient to correct the issue with new attic insulation.

Roofers Can Note Problems With Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation is one of those features that roofers frequently observe, because they routinely deal with eave and roof vents. It’s also an issue with older or poorly constructed attics: If venting isn’t properly installed, condensation from warm air can build up and create conditions that promote mold and rot. Roofers are in an excellent position to both suggest better venting and install new roof-based attic vents to solve any condensation problems they discover.

Renovations May Require New Attic Insulation

If you are adding new roof space and gables or changing the slope of your roof, your attic insulation will also be affected. A major renovation requires additional insulation or new insulation tactics to keep your house warm and safe.

Your Insulation Requires a Roof Fix

This doesn’t always happen, but sometimes your attic insulation and roof are inseparable. For example, if your attic is protected with rigid foam insulation panels, those are installed right underneath the roof. If you have to remove the roof, you must fix or update the insulation as well. This makes a roof replacement the perfect time to address insulation issues. The same may be true of moisture barriers and other roof-related features.

3 Reasons to Upgrade Insulation in Your House

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Have you considered upgrading or replacing the insulation around your home? Many homeowners never think about protective materials. However, insulation is an important part of the home. There are a wide variety of choices, savings options…and potential problems associated with insulation. Here are the top three reasons you should consider taking on this project– particularly if you were already thinking about home improvement plans.

1. You Can Save Money (Even If You Already Have Insulation)

You may not think you need any more home insulation (especially if you’ve already gone through the insulation installation process once). However, the savings that come from adding on to the insulation materials you already have in place may be worth the additional work. Increasing the thickness of your materials, improving your R-value – the effectiveness rating of the material type – and covering up cracks or holes that may have been missed can all help keep heat and air inside. This will decrease the cost of your energy bills. For example, post-insulation project savings estimates are as high as 50% for major upgrades.

If you don’t know much about the inner-workings of your house, you have even more of a reason to consider an upgrade. Unfortunately, missing ductwork, absent attic insulation, evidence of a lazy installation and more can be commonplace. These mistakes could be draining heat from your house. In these cases, successful projects can often pay for themselves within several years.

2. Insulation Needs Can and Do Change Over Time

Most homeowners don’t think much about the ongoing needs of their home’s padding. However, the truth is that both your house and your insulation are always changing. Two of the most common changes are wear and renovation.

The first change— natural wear and tear— occurs primarily with basic materials like weather stripping. Weather stripping should be occasionally replaced around doors and windows to prevent the striping from going bare (and thus, letting air inside). Pests and moisture can also cause material damage— in which case the materials will need to be repaired. The second type of change, renovation, requires adding proper insulation to new sections of the house. Remember that outer wall and inner wall needs tend to differ, so paying attention to these requirements is vital.

A brief warning: While you can’t really have too much protection, you can certainly have incorrect or unnecessary types of insulation installed in the wrong places. Hire an experienced and recommended contractor for the job and do some research on your own as well.

3. These Projects Have Important Side Benefits

Checking and installing wall, attic or crawlspace materials gives contractors a very intimate view of a house and how it’s working. That said, it’s no surprise that these projects often uncover hidden issues with condensation, moisture, pest damage, wiring problems, or bad plumbing. However, perhaps the greatest additional benefit to insulation projects is gaining a better understanding of how the heat in your home travels as well as what you can do to help save money and prevent future damage.

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Upgrading Your Attic Insulation: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

When it comes to insulation, few places are as important as your attic. Because heat rises, poor attic insulation can quickly add up to high heating bills in the colder months and also tends to make it more difficult to cool your home in the summer. Strong insulation, on the other hand, can lower your energy bills month to month. But how do you start an attic insulation project? Here are a few answers to common questions.

Do you need new insulation?

Let’s start with the basics – do you have enough insulation? Energy Star suggests this simple test to see if you really need some extra attic insulation: Go into your attic or upper crawlspace and look at the current insulation. If you can see your floor joists, or if the insulation does not appear to be distributed evenly, or if you can see through cracks to daylight, you need an insulation update. If you aren’t sure, consider an attic inspection to get a professional opinion.

One of the most important factors when considering insulation is the R-value, which shows you how well that insulation resists the flow of thermal energy. The higher the R-Value, the better. Try to choose materials that have an R-Value of around 38 or higher for the best results.

Are you ready to make changes?

Putting new attic insulation in may require you to make some big changes in how you use your attic. If you want to fully replace insulation or add a new layer of protection to really help save money, you’ll need to make some serious changes. For example, a floor level coating of insulation is common for complete insulation, but this means you cannot use your attic for storage. You may also need to make wiring or plumbing changes based on what insulation you choose.

What new insulation will work best for you?

You don’t need to use the same insulation that your attic currently has – you can mix and match based on the ideal type of insulation. Common choices include:

  • Loose Fill: This blow insulation simply piles up freely. It is very easy to install for professionals, but primarily suitable for smaller attics and crawlspaces.
  • Fiberglass: This is “rolled” insulation, often with backing, that can be installed in walls and floors and does not suffer from drift or scattering like loose fill. Fiberglass rolls and loose fill can be combined, but fiberglass batting should not be placed over loose fill if possible.
  • Foam Insulation: Foam insulation quickly hardens into an immovable layer that is ideal for covering up cracks or holes in the attic or in old insulation.


Can your attic still breathe?

Never cover up attic vents with your new insulation. Your attic needs those eave vents to properly breathe and avoid serious problems with condensation. Hire professionals that understand the need for attic air flow.

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Attic insulation: Do I qualify for tax benefits?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Not only can attic insulation projects help save you money when it comes to monthly heating and cooling costs, but you may also qualify for federal and state tax benefits. See if your project qualifies.

What kind of attic projects qualify for tax benefits?

Many types of insulation can qualify for tax benefits, according to the federal tax credit rules. The regulations are based on Energy Star ratings: Batting, foam, fiber, panels and many other types of insulation can qualify. Additionally, if you are sealing air leaks in your attic with weather stripping, caulk, or similar materials, you can also qualify for the tax credit. The key point is Energy Star ratings.

Contractors may be able to advise you regarding the materials you have used in insulation projects, but choose a professional contractor you trust to make an accurate report, preferably the same contractor who installed your attic insulation.

Is there a deadline for attic insulation work to qualify?

Yes. To qualify for the federal credit, your insulation must have been installed during 2013. Projects begun in 2014 do not qualify.

How much can I save?

The federal tax credit offers a rebate that works out to 10 percent of costs, but only to a maximum of $500. It is important to note that the credit applies to the cost of materials. The cost of installation (labor costs, etc.) does not apply to this calculation.

Where do I begin the process?

Fill out IRS form 5695 when completing your tax return, and prepare any required documents. It is vital that you provide receipts and invoices from your attic project to prove the costs of materials that you are claiming. If you no longer have these documents, contact your contractor and ask for copies of your receipts from the project.

Are there any other tax benefits I can get?

Yes! States offer their own tax benefit programs for a number of projects, including attic insulation. Other rebate programs may also be available in your area. For example, Georgia offers up to $300 in savings for an attic insulation project under its “Individual Improvements” rebates. Local savings like these do not have the same 2013 deadline as the federal tax credit, which means than 2014 projects may also qualify. Explore local options like these to see how much you can save with the right roofing project.

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Three Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Friday, June 29th, 2012

This summer, the sun is out and scorching! With temperatures in the 90s and above 100 in some areas, it’s impossible not to have your air conditioning running full blast through your home. Did you know that making some home improvements can help lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable year round? Read about just three of the ways Findlay Roofing can update your home while making the seasons a little easier to handle, physically and economically.

Attic Insulation

Upgrading your attic insulation is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on your energy bills. With year round saving up to 20%, attic insulation helps lessen the amount of heat gained in the summer and lost in the winter. If you haven’t had your insulation checked in a while (or ever) it’s important you have someone come look at your attic and make a professional assessment. After your home is checked out, they can show you what your “R-Value” is and where you could be to help your family, and your pockets, this summer.

Windows

Losing energy through your windows could be an issue resulting in high energy bills. Consider trading in your old, drafty windows for energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows. We offer Simonton brand windows, the top-rated window manufacturer in the industry. Still not convinced? New, energy-efficient windows can qualify you for a Federal Tax Credit!

Doors

Newly installed doors are better insulated and fit better than older doors which causes less leakage. Weather stripping on doors wears down with age and can make your systems work harder to heat/cool your home down. This holds true for entryway and patio doors which both can be replaced by Findlay Roofing! We carry an extensive line of doors that can not only help save on your energy bills but can be fit to match the style of any home!

These are just a few ways you could cut back on your monthly energy bills this summer. Not only will new windows and doors help make your home feel more comfortable to your family, they add to the overall aesthetics of your house! Contact Findlay Roofing when you receive that high energy bill next month. Talk to one of our experts about what we can do to help you out this summer.

Beat the Heat with Attic Insulation

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

With this week being the official start of summer, I believe we are due for some long hot days in the coming months. Did you know you can decrease your cooling bill by simply upgrading your attic insulation? Equipping your home with proper insulation provides resistance to heat flow. The less heat flow, the easier it is for your systems to keep your house cool which could save you money in the long run!

Interested in finding out more? Read up on what the Department of Energy says about attic insulation and your energy bills here or call Findlay Roofing and speak to one of our experts about how attic insulation can help you this summer. We use top-of-the-line insulation from Owens Corning to give our customers the very best there is on the market. Owens Corning named us a Platinum Preferred Contractor, the highest level that can be achieved, so you can be sure you and your home are in good hands with Findlay Roofing.

Save now. Save later. Insulate today!

How Important Are Roof Vents For Atlanta Roofs?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Roof VentsEach quote you have been given for your new Atlanta Roof includes some sort of roof vent. Are these vents really important? And what good can they do during the winter?

Roof Vents Keep Atlanta Homes Cool In The Summer

Atlanta homeowners know that summer heat in their neighborhood can be unbearable. That’s why most every home in Georgia is shielded by insulation in the attic. But if your insulated attic isn’t vented, then you are making your insulation and air conditioner work harder than they have to.

When the summer sun is beating down on your roof, the shingles heat up to temperatures well above the outside air. Asphalt shingles can reach temperatures of 125° F or more. This heat transfers from the shingles into your roof deck, turning an unvented attic into an oven that sits on top of your house.

By installing a well-designed combination of lower intake vents and upper exhaust vents throughout you roof, fresh air can circulate through your attic and heated air can effectively escape it. This will lower the loads on your insulation, air conditioner, and your power bill.

Roof Vents Keep Atlanta Homes Dry In The Winter

Although venting your attic in the summer seems to make common sense, opening it to cold air in the winter seems a little foolish at first glance.

However, the importance of keeping your attic cool in the winter has nothing to do with comfort and everything to do with removing moisture from your attic and preventing water damage to your home.

During the cold winter months, moist air can enter your attic in one of two ways. The heated living spaces of your home are one source of moisture. The heated inside air has a greater ability to hold moisture than the cooler air in your attic. As the humid, heated air rises, it finds its way into your attic and brings water vapor along with it, as no home building techniques or builder can completely block the passage of air between interior rooms and the attic.

Snow is the second potential source of moisture. As snow collects on your roof, the heat from a warm, unvented attic can cause the snow to melt. The melted snow runs down the roof slopes and can collect and re-freeze. The icicles you see along the edge of your roof may seem innocent, even beautiful, but they can be damaging.

Icicles hanging from your roof can act as ice dams. As your warm attic and roof continue to melt the snow on your roof, more water comes trickling down. However, instead of falling off the edges of your roof, the water gets blocked by the ice dams and begins to accumulate between the snow and your shingles. As this pooling water sits on your roof, it can seep under the shingles, penetrate your underlayment and get absorbed by your roof deck.

Once this happens, you have a wet roof deck that can rot. You also have moisture in your attic that can condense, spread and cause additional rotting, mold growth and other water damage.

These problems can be avoided with proper attic ventilation that allows warm, humid air to escape your attic while bringing in cool outside air. The goal is to keep the air temperature below your roof deck, or inside your attic, as close as possible to the temperature above it, or outside of your home. This prevents any rooftop snow from melting, avoids the the formation of ice dams, and removes the risk of water pooling on your roof.

In short, proper attic ventilation removes moist air from your attic and prevents ice dam formation, making it an essential tool for protecting your home from water damage during the cold winter months.

Professional Atlanta Roof Installations

Keeping your attic cool all year long should be a priority for every Atlanta homeowner. In the summer, you will enjoy lower power bills, and in the winter, you will avoid ice dams and damaging moisture in your attic.

Attic ventilation can be achieved by combining soffit vents with with ridge vents, turbine vents or powered vents. At Findlay Roofing, our professionally trained staff has the knowledge and experience to design an attic ventilation system that is properly sized and arranged for your home.

We invite you to contact us today if you have any roof vent questions, or if you would like a free on-site evaluation of your roof. Findlay Roofing is ready and eager to meet all of your Atlanta roofing needs.