Attic insulation is an integral part of regulating your home’s indoor temperatures. However, there are common errors that occur during installation that could compromise your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. Allstar Construction, one of the top roofing and siding contractors in the local area, discusses them below.
Improperly Sealed Attic Floor
The best way for insulation to work is if the attic floor is airtight, Together with the exterior walls, windows and doors, it forms what is called the energy envelope. Examine this part of the attic for gaps between the boards and openings for ducts, wires and pipes. Apply rigid insulation or caulk as needed for the insulation to perform efficiently.
Gaps in the Existing Insulation
Depending on the type of insulation installed in your attic, there could be gaps or seams that run along the edges of insulating layers. These allow heat to leak, resulting in heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer. You’ll be relying more on your HVAC system to compensate for the wasted energy and the lack of indoor comfort, causing a spike in your monthly utility bills. Roof repair companies like ours recommend using sealants and blown-in insulation to avoid these compromising gaps.
Intake Vents Blocked by Insulation
Proper ventilation is crucial for the health and performance of your roofing system. Intake vents from underneath the eaves draw cool, fresh air, while exhaust vents allow hot, moist air to escape from the attic. Inexperienced installers often commit the mistake of placing insulation on the intake vents, preventing the roof to facilitate proper airflow. This costly error can be corrected by a reliable contractor.
Allstar Construction has knowledgeable roofing professionals to ensure you have the correct attic and roof ventilation for your home. Our company also specializes in various services like water and fire restoration and new construction. Call us today at (763) 373-1066 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.