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December 6, 2017


Factors Effecting Roof Lifespan


Signs Your Roof isn’t Properly Insulated

Poor attic insulation comes with a host of undesired side-effects for any homeowner. If you are experiencing any of the following issues in your home, it’s likely your attic insulation isn’t up-to-par and should be replaced.

High Energy Bills

As a homeowner, it’s important to compare your monthly energy bill to that of previous months. This allows you to see if there are significant increases in your energy use. When a home lacks sufficient attic insulation, the warm air contained within the house is able to pass through the insulation and then through the roof to the outdoors. Without anything containing the heat in your home, more energy is consumed trying to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home.

Cold Drafts

The main objective of insulation is preventing the air from inside your home from leaving and preventing the air outside your home from getting in. This promotes consistent temperature inside your home. Poor insulation doesn’t properly perform this function, which can enable cold winds from outside to be felt in your home.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are the result of the warm air escaping through your roof and melting the bottom layer of snow on your roof. This melted water then trickles down to the gutters, where it freezes again, once coming in contact with the cooler air.

How to Best Address Attic Insulation Issues

Are you aware of what type of insulation is currently in your attic and whether it is correct for your home and the climate in which you reside? If you’re experiencing any of the above issues and are concerned inadequate attic insulation is the cause, have professional roofing contractors assess the situation. Many homeowners aren’t aware their attic should have 22.25″ of insulation to be at “R-60” code. Having attic insulation with the correct R-value is crucial to reap the benefits of proper insulation.

If you’re looking to grow your understanding of what the R-value of insulation means and how it impacts your home, check out our blog on the topic!