Insulation will help you keep the house warm in the cold Oklahoma City winters and will make it easier to cool in the blistering heat of summer. Adding insulation to your home will also help you extend the life of your roof and prevent water stains on your ceiling.
When discussing insulation, it’s important to understand how heat moves. There are three ways heat can move into and out of your home. It can transfer through radiation, convection, and conduction.
Radiant heat moves in waves. An example would be the heat you feel coming off a campfire. Convection is the process of heat rising as cool air falls. Think of it as a metal pan that is sitting just above the campfire and heats up as a result of the radiant heat. Finally, conduction occurs when solid surfaces are actually touching. This is the heat that causes bread to warm and cook when you toss it on the campfire skillet.
Heat moves through your home using all of these methods. However, proper insulation stops the movement of heat. Insulation is rated by R-value, with higher values being more effective at blocking the flow of heat.
The perfect time to make changes to your insulation is when a new roof is being installed on the home. Improper insulation allows too much heat to enter the attic in the winter, possibly causing ice dams. Radiant barrier is a reflective insulation that reflects heat back in the direction it is moving from. Featuring a layer of metalized film and airspace, it can be installed in your home’s attic. Heat will be reflected back out in the summer and will be kept in during the cold months. Metal roofs create a natural radiant barrier that will help lower your energy bill.
Loose fill insulation is blown into the attic space and will effectively fill all cavities in the area. Before undertaking this project, ensure that baffles have been placed between ceiling joists to prevent the blown insulation from blocking off the soffits and interfering with air flow. Fiberglass is an excellent choice as it is resistant to moisture and is flame retardant. Cellulose insulation is considered a better choice environmentally as it allows paper to be recycled and provides warmth. It’s also warmer than fiberglass with an R-value of 3.9 per inch compared with only 2.2 per inch for fiberglass.
Keeping the attic properly insulated will help lower energy bills and prolong the life of your roof. In addition to increasing the amount of insulation, it’s also recommended that you add a radiant barrier to the insulation. Robbins Roofing, Inc., will help you determine which insulation is the best choice for your home. Visit us on Facebook or to learn more about insulation and our quality roof restoration services.