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Save on Energy Costs with Improved Attic Insulation

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Save on energy costs with improved attic insulation from Matlock Roofing. A roofing system consists of several elements that must work properly together to provide the best performance. Attic ventilation and insulation are critical components of your roof. Thus, they must be integrated into the overall system.

To keep your home’s heat in during winter and let get out hot attic air during the summer, make sure your attic has the proper insulation. This crucial step might help you avoid paying excessively for heating and cooling your home.

Heating and cooling consume between 50 and 70 percent of the energy in the average American home. These figures come from the U.S. Department of Energy. However, this does not mean that you necessarily have to pay exorbitant energy costs!

Installing the proper attic insulation system along with a new roof will help you get the most out of your roofing system. Besides, you can save up to 20% on your utility bills. 

Other advantages of insulation include the ability to control moisture generation and air penetration. Also, through proper insulation, you can ensure adequate ventilation while conserving natural resources and energy.  

Save on Energy Costs with Improved Attic Insulation

The problem is that many households don’t have appropriate insulation. So, they miss the benefits of this barrier. To put it another way, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association estimates that 90% of American houses do have not adequate insulation.

Therefore, to avoid your home falling into that category, you must know what insulation does. Moreover, you must know the ideal type of insulation for your home. Also, you need to know how much of it your home requires.

What Does Insulation Do?

Heat is constantly drawn to cold. So, during winter, it attempts to find a way out, and in the summer, it wants to get in. These air changes occur most commonly in places such as attics, basements, and garages. Insulation prevents heat from escaping or entering your home via the roof and doors by trapping it in small pockets of air.

How much insulation is needed?

The amount of insulation you need for your house depends on a few things. So, according to your climate, home age, and current insulation, the necessary quantity tion for your home will vary. 

Thermal resistance, often known as R-value, is a measurement of how well an insulation material resists heat flow. Thus, the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power will be.

An attic in Zone 2, which covers the majority of Florida, requires insulation with R-values of 30 to 60. These values come from an estimation of the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Conservation Code. Most houses should have R-38 insulation, which equates to roughly 12 inches of space between the outside and interior walls.

What are the types of insulation

• Blow-In or Loose-fill Insulation (Fiberglass or Cellulose) – This form of insulation begins as huge blocks of recycled paper of fiberglass insulation. A machine will chew up these blocks. Then, they are sprayed into the attic in a loose-fill fashion. As a result, this layer of insulation applied in all the hard-to-reach places protects your attic’s floor from heat loss.

  • Roll or Batt Insulation (Fiberglass or Rockwool) – The R-value per inch of bath insulation is higher than the r-value per inch of loose-fill insulation. Commonly, manufacturers produce this type of insulation in the form of blankets or big rolls. Hence, if your attic has many obstructions or penetrations, this method may not be the best to cover fully the gaps.
  • Save on Energy Costs with Improved Attic Insulation

    The easiest way to assure the optimal functioning of your roof system is to install insulation at the same time as a re-roof. This way, you will avoid worries since you won’t have to deal with mold and mildew in your insulation.

    Your roofing contractor can rapidly install it in your attic at the same time as your new roof.

    Do you want more information about our insulation systems? Call Matlock Roofing today in Hattiesburg, Purvis, Sumrall, and Petal, MS.

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