Adequate and proper attic insulation plays a vital role in roof repair and maintenance. Inside your home, hot humid air from different rooms often rises to the attic. When this air comes in contact with a “cooler” roof, it can cause the moisture to condense right within the roofing structure, leading to all kinds of water-related problems on some of the most vulnerable parts of your roofing system.
Aside from the clear advantages attic insulation has for the safety and longevity of your roof, it can also improve the overall performance and energy efficiency of the entire roofing system. Let our experts at 3JM Exteriors, Inc. explain the different kinds of attic insulation as well as their many pros and cons.
For attics with finished walls, your roof repair contractor may recommend using loose-fill insulation. These fibers go into the wall cavities, filling them up without needing to remove the wall entirely. Loose-fill insulation has adequate R-values making them a practical choice for many homeowners. Its biggest disadvantage is that the fibers can settle over time, reducing their insulation abilities somewhat.
Batt and Roll Insulation
Loose-fill and batt and roll are the two most common types of insulation available to many homeowners. Batt and roll are different from loose-fill insulation in that they usually come in sheets that can be used to cover walls, ceilings and floors in the attic. This material has low costs, however, you may need to hire a contractor to ensure that it is installed properly.
Rigid Foam Boards
While most types of attic insulation are installed in the attic itself, your roof repair contractor will install rigid foam boards directly within the roofing system, often between the roof deck and the shingles. This means that these are some of the most effective insulation materials there is, with R-values three to four times greater than the others. This performance, however, comes at a much higher cost than other insulation options.
Get the most out of your roofing system with adequate attic insulation from 3JM Exteriors, Inc. Give us a call at (630) 985-6494 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Barrington, Northbrook, Woodridge as well as other neighboring areas in IL.