Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Michael Fortenberry
Proper attic insulation is perhaps the most important element of your home's complete thermal enclosure system. It’s responsible for minimizing conduction, which is the movement of heat within and between physically connected solid materials. An inadequate amount could mean significant energy loss, potentially resulting in discomfort and higher cooling or heating expenses.
Before you decide on your roof replacement, Fortenberry Roofing suggests thinking about these factors to choose your attic insulation right:
1. Building Code
Energy codes indicate the optimum range of R-values your attic must have to be considered energy-efficient. The IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) are the authorities in this area. These organizations divide 90% of the United States into similar climate zones. The tricky part is when your home is located in one of the 10% of counties where they disagree.
To know the energy code, you should follow, consult an experienced residential roofing contractor like Fortenberry Roofing. We will inspect your home to determine the minimum R-value your attic insulation should have to achieve your energy efficiency goals.
2. Roof Pitch
Not all insulation products are suitable for every roof. It’s ideal for sloped roofs to blow in the material to ensure proper coverage of all gaps around your rafters and decking boards.
3. Roofing Material
Keep the solar reflectance of your roof covering in mind too. Its ability to block the sun’s infrared radiation can complement your attic insulation’s performance. The less reflective your roof is, the more heat gets admitted into your home. In addition to picking a reflective asphalt-shingle or metal product, strongly consider adding a radiant barrier system to make your roof deck much cooler.
4. House Plan
Show the blueprint of your home to your residential roofing company to determine where it is feasible to insulate. Some properties are more restrictive than others, especially those built decades ago when energy loss wasn’t as big a concern today.
Let Fortenberry Roofing take your home’s energy efficiency to the next level with ample attic insulation. Call us at 1-806-385-6761 now to discuss your roofing needs and get a no-pressure estimate in Hereford or Littlefield, TX.
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