As homeowners, energy consumption is a big deal. As the heat rises or the temperature drops, it contributes to energy consumption as your home needs an air-conditioning unit or heater depending on the weather. Well, your roof is a part responsible for the heat losses and retention. Insulating your roof is one of the best moves you can do to lessen your energy consumption and lesser electric bills! And you don’t even need to worry about what your roof is because there is different insulation that can be installed in your roofing system.
Advantages of Roof Insulation:
1. Heat Retention
As the temperature drops, most homeowners would depend on a heater, hearth, or another heating system to keep themselves warm. With an insulated roof, it will keep the natural heat inside your home, lessening the chances of it escaping through the roof.
2. Heat Absorption
Just like how the temperature drops, it can also rise up during the summer. As the sunlight hits your roof, it can retain heat depending on your roofing material which will make the indoor air warm. This will then result in using an air-conditioning unit or another cooling system to keep your home cool. Insulating your roof will lessen the heat absorption as it will block the heat that your roofing material retained.
3. Energy Saving and Sustainability
Because it can lessen the heat absorption during the summer days as well as keep the warmth during the cold days, it will lessen the energy -consumption of your home. You won’t be relying on your heating or cooling system which will have a positive impact on your wallet, and lesser electrical bills. And reducing our energy consumption also reduces our carbon footprints. Saving energy will cost you less with your bills and also contribute to reducing pollution.
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Different Roofing Insulation
1. Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation is made of polyol resin and isocyanate, when mixed together, can form and expand into polyurethane foam. The benefits of spray foam insulation are it creates a tight seal for air leaks as well as for moisture and because it can expand, it can go through tight spaces. Another is once it has healed, it can perform well against heavy winds, extreme temperature, and other conditions. There are two types of spray foam insulation:
- Open-Cell Foam
- Closed-Cell Foam
2. Blanket: Bat and Roll Insulation
Blanket Insulation is the most commonly installed type for how it can be easily installed. This type of insulation is made in pre-cut panels that can fit through the spaces between joists, studs, or beams and can also be trimmed to fit in small spaces. As it is for thermal insulation, some of the blankets are made to be acoustic insulation. There are many materials used for blanket insulation:
-Mineral (Rock and Slag) Wool
-Natural and Plastic Fibers
It is also inexpensive compared to other insulation materials.
3. Structural Insulated Panels
Structural Insulated Panels have engineered panels that are made to be durable and energy-saving. These panels are made with an insulating foam core that is sandwiched with an oriented strand board. SIPs can also be manufactured and fabricated to fit the building design. These are different types of SIPs:
- Expanded polystyrene insulated panels
- Polyurethane or polyisocyanurate insulated panels
- Straw Core Insulation
- Foam Board
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