Many benefits come with properly insulating your attic, not the least of which is the money you’ll save on heating and cooling costs. It also will help extend the lifespan of your HVAC components.
There are a couple of important factors when insulating an attic – ventilation and the type of insulation.
1. Proper Ventilation For Your Attic
Effective attic ventilation has several advantages, including moderation of the attic’s temperature which, in turn, regulates the temperature of your home.
Ventilation also prevents moisture buildup in the attic – which is an even more critical factor during colder months – and protects the life of a home’s roofing materials. Moreover, many local building codes require homes to have proper attic ventilation.
There are a variety of attic ventilation methods, including:
Soffit venting is very popular among homeowners and involves placing a vent under the roof’s overhang (called a soffit). They protect against bad weather, debris, and pests while allowing air to flow into the attic.
Drip Edge Vents
If your home doesn’t have soffits, then drip edge vents are often a good choice. They provide ventilation into the attic while promoting water shedding at the eaves.
Exhaust vents laid along your roof’s ridges offer an open area for warm air to escape the attic. Newer ridge vents have curved channels to reduce the risk of blowing snow or rain entering the vent.
2. Attic Insulation
A popular, and effective, choice for insulating an attic is blown-in insulation. This process involves blowing large chunks of insulation into the attic with a hose, much like a firefighter blows water onto flames.
The primary choices for blown-in insulation are fiberglass and cellulose. Fiberglass comes from sand while cellulose insulation consists of recycled newspapers or any cellular plant source.
Blown in insulation is excellent for filling in any gaps in your attic’s structure while providing a complete layer of protection. Cellulose insulation is one of the few ways of adding insulation when walls are left closed.
A couple of other types of attic insulation are batts – in which the insulation comes in large pieces – and spray foam.
The pros at Wyoming Roofing are experts in attic insulation and venting. They’re also the only preferred Owens Corning Platinum contractor in northeast Wyoming and install professional blown-in insulation.