The building materials of your home, such as cladding, timber, drywall, doors and windows, offer some degree of R-value (i.e., resistance to heat transfer), but they don’t offer enough insulating properties to maintain optimal comfort and home efficiency. That’s the job of insulation. Read on to learn why paying close attention to your insulation pays off season after season.
Inside Scoop on Insulation
Insulation is hidden away in your attic — out of sight and mind. It plays a major role in separating your living spaces from the unconditioned space of your attic by obstructing heat transfer. It’s also important that your walls and floors above unfinished basements and crawl spaces are well insulated, too.
Following are the benefits of adequately and correctly insulating your home:
- Maintain lower energy bills and greater comfort
- Obstruct air and moisture movement through your ceiling, walls and flooring
- Help prevent ice dams on your roof
The most commonly used insulation materials are fiberglass, cellulose, rock wool and foam. Insulation types include batts, rolls, loose fill, foam board and spray foam. The type of insulation material you choose to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency is typically dictated by the type of insulation that’s already installed.
For example, you wouldn’t want to install cellulose or rock wool on top of fiberglass insulation because its heavier weight compresses fiberglass and reduces its R-value. So, when it comes to fiberglass rolls and loose fill, fluff is good!
Following are tips for upgrading the insulation in your Tulsa area home:
- Attic: Fiberglass and cellulose loose fill are able to fill in nooks and crannies for complete coverage. A machine is used to evenly distribute the material throughout your attic. A can of spray foam is great for insulating cracks and gaps around pipes and other protrusions, and it can be trimmed.
- Walls: Spray-in foam is installed through small holes made in your walls. Machines pump in the foam and it expands inside your walls for a perfect insulating fit.
- Floor: Rigid panels of foam board resist moisture common in basements and crawl spaces. Typically made of polystyrene or polyurethane, foam board is ideal for use for your basement foundation, walls and the underside of your floor.
If you’re not sure if your home has enough insulation, contact us at Perfection Roofing. We understand roofing, insulation and home efficiency challenges specific to our greater Tulsa area.
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