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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.

The secrets to proper ventilation for your attic

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Though insulation in your attic is essential to retaining heat inside your home, a truly energy-efficient structure allows some air to enter the home even in the hottest and coldest times of the year. In fact, attic ventilation ensures your roof remains protected from deep freezes in winter and moist air in summer. Here’s what you need to know about attic insulation and vents.

Heat and cold present separate challenges

In places like Marietta or Stockbridge, the average summer high soars to nearly 90 degrees, so keeping cool in the summer is always an issue. But the Atlanta area’s extremely chilly winter of 2014 has illustrated the need to address cold as well.

High temperatures in summer increase the likelihood shingles will begin to crackle, while cold winter temperatures increase the chance your roof could freeze. Moisture levels also spike during the winter from water vapor built up from cooking, cleaning and general respiration inside your house.

If you want to figure out whether your attic insulation is sufficient, simply go up there and see if the attic is cool in the summer and hot in the winter. If so, you likely have poor attic floor insulation and ventilation, because there should be a noticeable difference in temperature from the rest of your home. Expert roofers can keep the proper balance intact.

Examining an attic

Besides checking on the temperature of an attic, another good way to notice what’s happening is to check the roof after snow falls. If you see icicles forming at the roof’s edges, it suggests your roof is heated, which means it is poorly ventilated and poorly insulated. A cooler roof also helps you avoid the problem of snow melting underneath and springing leaks.

As with any system designed for intake and exhaust, you need to balance vents to properly ventilate your attic. Intake vents in a roof’s low point should be working in harmony with the exhaust vents near the roof’s peak. Roofing contractors can help you achieve this balance.

The most common mistake in attic ventilation 

It’s very common for homeowners to cover soffit vents — vents on the underside of a roof — with insulation. In theory, it seems appropriate to keep cold or hot air outside of your home, but the reality is you need to ventilate in order to save energy and protect your roof.

To check on your own, observe the eaves inside your attic to make sure soffit vents or ridge vents aren’t covered with insulation. If you have trouble determining which parts of the attic need insulation, contact an experienced roofer to take a look.

Properly insulating and ventilating your attic means you’ll enjoy interior comfort and efficiency while protecting your roof in any season.