Professional Charleston roofers will tell you that installing the right amount and type of insulation can help make your home more comfortable, not just during the winter months, but all year round, and can help you save on your energy bills, too. Here are some helpful tips for insulating your home:
Use the right type of insulation for the area you’re insulating
This includes installing enough insulation for it to be effective, and takes budgetary considerations into account, too. Closed-cell foam, for example, is rated as having a higher R-value per inch, providing better resistance against moisture and air leakage than open-cell foam, being denser, but is also more expensive. Open-cell foam, however, while lighter and more affordable, is unsuited for insulating areas below ground level, such as your basement, where the insulation could absorb water.
The properties of the material you’re using should also be carefully considered. For example, the use of spray foam, with its relatively high R-value, on exterior walls, and in insulating cathedral-style ceilings, can give you the amount of insulation you need with less material.
Check the insulation in your attic
Just making sure that the attic is properly insulated can go a long way. This includes the attic trap door or access door. As a general rule of thumb, if you have less than 11 inches of fiberglass insulation, or 8 inches of similar cellulose insulation, then you probably don’t have enough of it.
Add exterior insulation
If your house still feels drafty despite having insulated your attic properly, then you may need to add insulation to your exterior walls. Despite the added cost (especially as this generally requires the services of a contractor) if you live in an area with a colder climate than normal the expense may not only be worth it, but may ultimately be unavoidable. If you’re employing roofers in Columbia SC to replace the siding on your home anyway, you might want to add insulation at the same time, too.
Do the smart thing and give CMSofSC a call today for your roofing and insulation needs.