If you want your home to maintain a consistent heat flow, proper insulation is essential. This does not mean, however, that when your home is losing heat that insulation is the only problem. While winter is a nice reminder to be grateful for the roof over your head, it can be frustrating when your roof is to blame for a cold home. With our experts at 1800 Roof Plus, we can help you diagnose and fix your heat loss problems caused from a bad roof. To reduce heat loss caused by your roof it is important to maintain a balance of proper insulation and efficient air sealing.

Proper Insulation

If you do not already know, roof insulation is the process of limiting heat transfer from your home and through the roof. If your home is not perfectly insulated, it can be easy to take the leap in thinking that this heat loss must mean you need more insulation. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In only some circumstances will the solution to your heat loss mean that you need more insulation, but in other cases adding too much insulation can lead to more issues. Too much insulation can lead to a thermal shock in your roof membrane which leads to inconsistent temperature in your home.

Not to mention, roofing is generally more complex than many people initially know. Homes come in many different sizes, styles, and colors so does your roof. Your roof can be made from a diverse range of materials including:

  • Fiberboard
  • Fiberglass
  • Perlite
  • Cellular Glass
  • Cork Board
  • Polyurethane
  • Polystyrene

These materials are used to make many different styles and types of roofs. These aren’t just any boards, however, each board is designed with a built-in slope to help with proper roof drainage. Unfortunately, roofing doesn’t come with its own insulation features persay. Each roof must be paired with a compatible membrane as well. In the end, we highly recommend consulting our professional roofing services to help determine what your exact roofing insulation needs.

 

Efficient Air Sealing

Understanding how to identify when your roof is properly insulated is only half of the equation. What’s the good in building an insulated home when your home isn’t retaining heat? In many cases, your attic is at fault. Holes and improperly installed windows  in the structure of your attic can mean that air escapes outside and never has the opportunity to warm your house. In addition, air flow is also crucial in dispersing warm air evenly in your home. You may have seen the signs of this before- when you look at your roof from a distance in winter, do you notice that frost and snow remain frozen over certain parts of your house while other parts of your roof have warmed and melted the frozen moisture? This is a glaringly obvious indication that your home is not circulating the warm air. It’s time to call a professional.

Roofing is more than just slapping on shingles and hoping that your home remains warm when you need it most. Contact our roofing contractors at 1800 Roof Plus today to receive expert care and professional roofing services near you!