Roof insulation helps to keep you warm in the cold season and comfortable in the hot season. Even better it is a cost-saving measure when it comes to energy bills. When you insulate your roof and attic you also prevent moisture from accumulating on the roof and damaging its components. You can insulate your roof by yourself and save some money doing it. But it’s worth pointing out that professional input in your roof project guarantees better results and is safe. Tornado Roofing is a true friend when it comes to all your roofing installation needs.

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Read This Before You Insulate Your Roof

When insulating your roof you will need to consider the type of roof insulation you will require, the area you need to insulate, and if you will do it yourself. Again, a roofing expert can assess your roofing needs and choose the best roofing material for you. One of the things you need to consider when choosing a roofing material is the R-value. This value determines the quality of the material and its ability to retain heat known as thermal resistance. Here are some of the insulation materials you’ll need.

1. Loose-Fill Insulation

Loose-fill insulation has an R-value of between 2 and 4 and its one of the most common insulation materials out there. When installing loose-fill you will need a special machine to blow it, which can be challenging for DIYers. This material comes in fiber, cellulose or mineral. It’s easy to install and fairly priced. However, it can lose its R-value over time and you need a vapor barrier when installing it

2. Batt

Blanket Insulation typically known as Batt has an R-value of between 3 and 3.5. It comes in a roll of different thicknesses. The installation is easier and a good investment considering the fact that its R-value does not change and it’s cheap. However, the fiberglass material can cause skin irritation for the users.

3. Spray Foam

Spray foam has an R-value between 3.5 and 6.5 making it one of the best types of roof insulation. It comes in form of liquid and its best installed by a professional roofer. It’s more durable but it can be messy during installation. It’s a good option for the interior and has a higher R-value making it more effective for most roofing projects.

4. Radiant Barrier

Radiant barrier uses a large aluminum foil and it’s most effective in a warm climate. It has no R-value. It’s easier to install and is best for the summer, it helps to cool temperatures.

5. Rigid Foam Board

Rigid foam comes in three variations and it’s used externally. Rigid foam has an R-value of between 3.8 and 8 making it one of the best insulation for roofs out there. It has the best R-value and is waterproof. It needs to be properly vented to avoid moisture from building up. Also, understand that it’s dangerous when exposed to electricity. Rigid Foam Board can also make insulation cost to be higher.

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What Is The Best Roofing Material to Insulate Your Attic Roof

Two of the most common materials you can use for roof insulation are Loose-fill and Batt. Loose-fill is fairly simple to install and can be good for DIY projects. Batt also provides quality attic insulation. Here are steps to help you insulate your roof.

1. Prepare

Ensure your attic is empty. Remove everything to make enough room for you to work and place your tools.

  • Inspect Your Current Installation – Check the type of insulation you have and use your tape measure to measure its depth and estimate its R-value. Remove any material on the floor that is damaged by water or mold.
  • Find out Your Desired R-value – Depending on your house and where you are located find out the R-value that is suitable for your roofing needs. Measure the area you need to insulate.
  • Seal Air-Leaks – Make sure you seal air leaks in the gaps so that air does not escape. Seal other leaks like roof leaks that you can spot.
  • Create Safety-Gap –Create a 3-inch safety gap using metal flashing or cloth. Make sure all the fixtures are safe in their position.
  • Remove Fans and Vents – Remove all fans and vents to avoid damaging them.

Wear Protective Gear – Wear dust masks to protect your lungs, goggles for your eyes, and a long-sleeved shirt and trousers to protect your skin. Don’t forget gloves.

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2. Preserve Attics-Air-Flow

Cover soft lift vents with the insulation material you have picked. The airflow keeps the roof cooler and prevents airflow blockage. You can use loose-fill or batt to do this.

3. Use a Vapor Barrier

A vapor barrier prevents moisture from getting into the insulation. You can use polythene as your vapor barrier and place it on the warmer side. Work from the furthest part of the attic towards the exit to avoid messing your work.

4. Protect the Access

Put rigid foam to the attic door and add more around the perimeter of the door. This helps to resist heat flow and ensure no air is escaping. You can improve your comfort by improving air-flow in your home.

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Tornado Roofing is the Best Attic Roofing Insulation Contractor

As mentioned before, placing your roofing project in the right hands can save you a lot of hassle. In this instance, you’ll get quality insulation, done by experienced experts, with the right tools and materials. With Tornado Roofing you get roof maintenance, repair, reroofing, and a complete roof replacement and installation. We understand the dynamics of all your roofing needs and promise to be a reliable partner during the entire process. Contact us for unrivaled service quality.