If you’re like most homeowners, you might underestimate the power of your insulation. You might know that your insulation contributes to the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, but did you know that good insulation could save up to 80 percent in heating and cooling costs? An insulation inspection could uncover surprising facts about your home, such as the reason your utility bills have increased out of control. Investing in new home insulation could be the best way to stay warm and toasty without additional costs this winter season. Even though roof is in the name, here at Mr. Roof, we do more than just roofing. Our expert services include siding, masonry, windows, insulation, gutters, and more.
How Does Insulation Work?
Insulation puts up a barrier between the interior of your home and the outdoor elements. Insulation in the roof, walls, and floors prevents drafts of outdoor air from entering your home, giving you control over your home’s indoor temperatures without unnecessary energy expenditures. Insulation resists heat flow, lowering heating and cooling costs and improving comfort. Insulation slows conductive heat flow and reduces radiant heat gain from the sun. In winter, good insulation allows heat to flow directly from your living spaces to unheated areas, filling spaces where there are differences in temperature for seamless comfort.
New insulation uses materials that are even more resistant to conductive heat flow. New insulation has a higher R-value (thermal resistance capabilities). The higher the R-value of insulation, the more effective it is at regulating temperatures. Insulation’s thickness, density, and material can all impact the R-value. The area and method of installation can also affect R-value. An insulation contractor can help you understand the most appropriate type for your individual home and region.
Is It Time for New Insulation?
Installing new insulation is simple and cost-effective. It’s one of the easiest home improvement projects a homeowner can take on, yet it comes with the best returns on investment. Old insulation may not be protecting your home from the elements as well as it should. Replacing old insulation can immediately reduce energy usage and related bills, as well as cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. It may be time for new insulation if you have any of the following problems:
- Critter damage. Insulation is often the ideal nest material for critters like birds, mice, and even raccoons. This can lead to insulation that’s not fit for optimal protection. If a visual inspection of your roof insulation shows signs of damage from critters, you may need replacement insulation.
- Water damage. A roof leak may soak through to your insulation, reducing its R-value. Wet insulation can also trap moisture, resulting in harmful mold growth and structural damage. You may need to replace wet insulation entirely during roof leak repairs.
- Old age. Over time, worn down insulation may give way to hidden air leaks and places the material doesn’t cover. A professional energy audit can give you an accurate picture of how your home’s insulation is fairing over time.
Unless you live in a recent build, your home’s insulation is most likely sub-par. New insulation could do wonders for your home. Don’t go another winter with insulation that lets cold air seep through. New insulation is a fast and affordable way to stay much warmer in the cold weather months. Contact Mr. Roof for a free cost estimate!